Sunday Mail Reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has appointed Messrs Moses Mhike and Christopher Shumba as permanent secretaries for Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development and the District Development Fund (DDF) respectively.
Mr Mhike replaces Mr Melusi Matshiya who retired, while Mr Shumba steps in for the late Mr James Jonga who passed away in July.
In a statement yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said the appointments were with effect from September 1.
“Mr Moses Mhike is a human capital development and management specialist who holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in public administration and management,” reads the statement.
“His career started in the private sector and he joined Government in 1997 in change management and, organisation and development. He moved to the Public Service Commission as deputy manager responsible for designing the structures of Government ministries, and rose through the ranks to general manager for the Corporate Strategy and Salaries Administration Agency, and subsequently became head of Human Capital Development and Management responsible for Government structures and processes.”
Mr Mhike also served as the Government team leader on the National Joint Negotiating Council that negotiates salaries and conditions of service for the Public Service.
His appointment is expected to champion economic empowerment of women in the context of community, small and medium enterprise development at all levels and across all sectors of the economy. Dr Sibanda said Mr Shumba is a seasoned public administrator who holds qualifications in education, development planning and administration.
“Mr Shumba has 39 years’ experience in education, local government administration and development co-ordination at local, district, provincial and national levels. He rose through the ranks from being a classroom teacher, a headmaster, district administrator, provincial administrator, and principal (now chief) director in different line ministries,” said Dr Sibanda.
Mr Shumba leaves his current post as the chief director for Urban and Rural Local Authorities to join the DDF “with pointed responsibility to facilitate rapid, equitable, inclusive and sustainable transformation of rural communities and economies through targeted infrastructure development planning and management.”