BREAKING: ED removes Joram Gumbo from Ministry of Energy
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has removed under-fire Joram Gumbo (pictured) from the portfolio of Minister of Energy and Power Development.
He will be replaced by Fortune Chasi, who has been elevated from deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development.
Gumbo has been consistently under fire as the country’s fuel situation failed to improve under is tenure, although he persistently deflected the blame to Treasury and the Reserve Bank for failing to provide foreign currency to procure the fuel from suppliers.
Chasi was President Mnangagwa’s deputy at the Ministry of Justice a few years ago, and has been deputizing Joel Biggie Matiza at the transport ministry.
However, Gumbo’s face saver is that he has been appointed Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in Charge of Implementation and Monitoring, a new portfolio just created.
Meanwhile, ZANU-PF Chairman for Midlands Province, Mackenzie Ncube, has been appointed Chairman of the board of State oil entity, the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC).
Ncube replaces Jemias Madzingira, who has retired.
Analysts say both the appointment of Chasi and the Ncube to the Energy Ministry and NOIC respectively is meant to give President Mnangagwa closer control of the fuel sector which has been giving his administration torrid times.
Protests broke out in mid-January over fuel price hikes, leaving nearly twenty dead and over 300 jailed. Even after the price hikes, the commodity has barely been available consistently.
More to follow…