Gumbo axed from energy ministry, Chasi takes over

President Mnangagwa on Tuesday axed Joram Gumbo from the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and replaced him with deputy minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Fortune Chasi (pictured).

Gumbo was re-assigned to a new ministry in Mnangagwa’s office responsible for policy implementation and monitoring. The president also appointed Engineer Mackenzie Ncube as the new chairman of the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) board.

In a statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said:

“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, Cde ED Mnangagwa, has made the following senior appointments and re-assignments:

“Hon Minister Joram MacDonald Gumbo has been appointed Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of Implementation and Monitoring.

“Hon Fortune Chasi, current Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, has been appointed Minister of Energy and Power Development.”

Eng Ncube replaced Jemias Madzingira, who was retired.

Mnangagwa appointed Gumbo as Cabinet minister and Chasi as deputy minister last year after winning the 2018 harmonised elections.

Prior to his appointment last year, Gumbo had served as Transport and Infrastructural Development minister in the previous Cabinet.

Gumbo is accused by most Zimbabweans of failing to deal with the fuel crisis currently haunting the country. He is also blamed for the currently electricity load-shedding affecting individuals, industry and commerce.

Eng Ncube is a former Member of Parliament.

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