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Zimbabwe President Appoints Ambassador Shava New Minister of Foreign Affairs

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa in New York with Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United Nations, Frederick Shava.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Frederick Shava, who is currently the country’s United Nations envoy, as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs following the death of Sibusiso Moyo a few weeks ago.

In a statement, chief secretary of the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said, “The appointment of Dr. Shava will take effect upon issuance of an appropriate Gazette as senator for the Midlands province.”

In a tweet, the Ministry of Information said, “His (Shava) wealth of experience in diplomacy is expected to drive the ministry to new heights.”

Shava resigned his ministerial position in the 1980s after he was cited by the Justice Sandura Commission as among several ministers, who were engaged in shady vehicle deals in what became known as the Willogate Car Scandal.

Government officials were buying cars at Willovale Motor Industries and re-selling them at high prices to individuals and companies.

Some of the ministers who were involved included the late Political Affairs Minister Maurice Nyagumbo, the late Home Affairs Minister Enos Nkala, the late Industry Minister Callistus Ndlovu and several others.

Mnangagwa also appointed Chikomba Central Member of Parliament, Tapiwa Mhona, as Tranport Minister. He replaces the late Biggie Matiza, who succumbed to COVID-19.

Mnangagwa further appointed journalist, Kindness Paradza, as the deputy information minister. He takes over from Energy Mutodi, who was fired a couple of months ago.

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