August 14, 2020

Fortune Chasi fired

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Kimberleigh Jiro

Energy and power development minister Fortune Chasi has been fired.

A statement released by the Chief Secretary to the president and cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, said the minister had been relieved of his duties because his conduct was no longer in line with what the President expected of him.

“His Excellency the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has appointed Hon.Soda Zhemu, Member of Parliament for Muzarabani North, as minister of Energy and Power Development in place of the current minister, Hon. Advocate Fortune Chasi. The latter has been relieved of his Ministerial post in terms of Section 108 (1a) of the Zimbabwe Constitution Amendment (No.20) Act of 2013, as his conduct of Government business had become incompatible with the President’s expectations.”

Chasi is the third minister to be relieved of his duties since President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed his new cabinet in September 2018 after winning the presidential election, but he is the only one who has been dismissed from office without having been linked to any corruption allegations.

Chasi became Minister of Energy and Power Development on the 14 th of May 2019 in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Cabinet reshuffle when his predecessor Dr Joram Gumbo was moved to the President’s Office.

Meanwhile, president Mnangagwa has appointed Dr Anxious Masuka the new minister of Agriculture, replacing Perrance Shiri who succumbed to Covid-19 recently.

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