Gwinji bounces back as permsec in fresh deployment by Mnangagwa

HARARE – Former Health and Child Care Ministry permanent secretary, Dr Gerald Gwinji has bounced back to the top government job but this time as Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage boss.

He replaces Aaron Nhepera as the permanent secretary for Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage following the latter’s transfer by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the defence ministry.

The fresh redeployments were announced Monday by Acting Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Martin Rushwaya.

The appointments are with effect from 1 January, 2023.

Nhepera, also a former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) deputy director general, replaces Ambassador Hark Grey Marongwe; the latter retires on 31 December, 2022.

Nhepera was removed from his top CIO post in 2019.

Gwinji takes over from Nhepera after being transferred from the Office of the President and Cabinet as Head of the Secretariat on Harmonisation and Standardisation of Public Sector Remuneration.

“Dr Gwinji has served in government since 1987 when he joined the Zimbabwe National Army as Medical Officer and he rose through the ranks to become Senior Medical Officer; Director of Medical Services and Chief Advisor to the Commander Defence Forces; and Director General Health Services in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces,” Rushwaya said in a statement.

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