BY MOSES MATENGA
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has booted out Energy Minister Fortune Chasi, claiming his actions as a government minister had become “incompatible with his expectations”.
Mnangagwa did not specify Chasi’s wrongdoings, but the Mazowe South MP has had protracted fights with suspended Zesa Holdings executive chairman Sydney Gata, who reportedly has close ties to the First Family.
Chasi, at one point accused, Gata of holding the power utility to ransom for selfish ends.
Little-known Muzarabani North MP Zhemu Soda takes over from Chasi.
Not much is known of Zhemu, but the new minister walks into the energy sector which is already crippled with fuel shortages and board squabbles at the power utility, Zesa.
“His Excellency, the President 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,” Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda
“His conduct of government business had become incompatible with the President’s expectations.”
Mnangagwa also appointed Anxious Jongwe Masuka as Agriculture minister to replace the late Perrance Shiri, a retired Chief Air Marshal who died to COVID-19 last month, but his family insisting he succumbed food poisoning.
Masuka is a former University of Zimbabwe lecturer and previously worked for the Forestry Commission, the Tobacco Research Board and has sat in over 30 boards.
Chasi becomes the third minister to be fired since Mnangagwa took over as President in a November 2017 coup, the others being Obadiah Moyo (Health), Priscah Mupfumira (Public Service) and Energy Mutodi (Information deputy).
BY MOSES MATENGA