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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa names his deputy as new health minister

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa


Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

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HARARE
– Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday appointed his deputy
Constantino Chiwenga as the new health minister, tasking him with reforming a
decaying health sector amid a rise in Covid-19 infections and strikes by health
workers.

Chiwenga replaces Obaddiah Moyo,
who was removed from the post last month after allegations of corruption.

In his new role, Chiwenga will be
required to “stabilise, restructure and reform” the national
healthcare system, the government said in a statement.

The main opposition, Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), immediately criticised the appointment, saying
Chiwenga was not the right man for the job in a time of the coronavirus
pandemic.

Zimbabwe has recorded more than 4
000 Covid-19 cases and 80 deaths, and health officials say infections will
continue to rise for some time.

The MDC said in appointing
Chiwenga, Mnangagwa had shown a “gross display of incompetence”.

Chiwenga spent four months in
China receiving medical treatment for an unknown illness until November last
year. He has returned three times since then for medical check-ups, according
to government officials.

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