Mnangagwa Names New Minister for War Veterans in Cabinet Shuffle

March 5, 2024
Hon Mavhunga Monicah | Report Focus News
Hon Mavhunga Monicah

In a significant cabinet reshuffle, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the appointment of Mashonaland Central Senator Monica Mavhunga as the new Minister of War Veterans of the Liberation Struggle, effective immediately. This appointment marks a pivotal shift in the administration’s approach to war veterans, a group integral to Zimbabwe’s liberation history.

Monica Mavhunga steps into the role previously held by Christopher Mutsvangwa, who was removed from his position last month under undisclosed circumstances. Mavhunga’s promotion from Deputy Minister to Minister underscores her rising influence and dedication to addressing the concerns and welfare of war veterans in Zimbabwe.

The official announcement came through a statement released on Monday by Martin Rushwaya, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet. The statement highlighted the constitutional provision under which the appointment was made, noting, “In terms of Section 104 of Subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, his Excellency the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has appointed Honourable Monica Mavhunga, Senator as the Minister of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Affairs with immediate effect.”

Mavhunga’s appointment comes at a time when Zimbabwe is grappling with complex issues surrounding the integration and recognition of war veterans, who played a crucial role in the country’s struggle for independence. Her previous role as Deputy Minister for War Veterans provided her with a foundational understanding of the challenges faced by this community, positioning her as a potentially transformative figure in their ongoing quest for rights and recognition.

The reshuffle and Mavhunga’s elevation to a ministerial position reflect President Mnangagwa’s strategic adjustments to his cabinet, aiming to enhance the government’s responsiveness to the needs of war veterans. As Zimbabwe continues to navigate its post-liberation trajectory, the focus on war veterans and their contributions remains a sensitive and critical aspect of the national discourse.

Mavhunga’s leadership and the policies she will advocate for are anticipated with keen interest by both war veterans and the wider Zimbabwean public. Her tenure as Minister of War Veterans of the Liberation Struggle is expected to be closely watched, as stakeholders look for meaningful progress in addressing the historical and contemporary challenges faced by those who fought for Zimbabwe’s independence.