Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been appointed the Minister of Health and Child Care with immediate effect.
The development was confirmed by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, D.r Misheck Sibanda this Tuesday.
In terms of Section 99 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013, His Excellency the President Cde Emerson Mnangagwa has appointed Hon Vice President Dr. C D Chiwenga as Minister of Health.
This is the second time the Vice President, who was a medic in the early days of the Liberation Struggle, has doubled as Vice President and a Minister of Government.
At the start of the Second Republic, he was also the country’s Defence Minister. Under the First Republic, Vice President E.D. Mnangagwa then was also Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
Higher and Tertiary Minister, Prof. Amon Murwira has been the acting minister of Health since the ouster of Dr. Obadiah Moyo who is facing criminal abuse of office charges.
Chiwenga who’s also the Cabinet chairperson on Food and Nutrition Committee is expected to turn around the deteriorating health system in the country, which has been faced with serious drug shortages, shortage of equipment, striking doctors, and nurses among other things.