Pres­i­dent makes se­nior ap­point­ments

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Se­nior Re­porter

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa yesterday ap­pointed vet­eran diplo­mat Am­bas­sador Ni­cholas Ki­tik­iti to the po­si­tion of Deputy Chief Sec­re­tary in the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net.

Am­bas­sador Ki­tik­iti will be in charge of Pol­icy Anal­y­sis, De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning and Co­or­di­na­tion.

The Pres­i­dent also ap­pointed Africom chair­per­son Mr Ja­cob Charles Wek­wete as the head of the e-Gov­ern­ment Unit.

In a Press state­ment yesterday, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net Dr Misheck Sibanda said the Pres­i­dent made the ap­point­ments, in terms of Sec­tion 205(1) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe Amend­ment (No. 20) Act 2013.

“Am­bas­sador Ki­tik­iti is an economist with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in macro-eco­nomic anal­y­sis, pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion man­age­ment. He has served in Gov­ern­ment in Trade, Min­ing, En­ergy and For­eign Af­fairs. He has also worked and rep­re­sented Zim­babwe at mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing UNCTAD, South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC), Com­mon Mar­ket for East­ern and South­ern Africa (COMESA), the Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil (ECOSOC) and UNDP,” reads the state­ment.

“Am­bas­sador Ki­tik­iti brings vast pri­vate sec­tor ex­pe­ri­ence, na­tional vi­sions and na­tional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plans. The Of­fice of Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net wel­comes Am­bas­sador Ki­tik­iti into his fold from his lat­est as­sign­ment in the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and Turkey. The ap­point­ment is with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.”

Dr Sibanda said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has also ap­proved the ap­point­ment of Mr Wek­wete as head of the e-Gov­ern­ment Unit in the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net.

Mr Wek­wete brings a wealth of train­ing, tech­ni­cal com­pe­tence and prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy. He holds qual­i­fi­ca­tions in ICT and Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and has served in the min­istries of De­fence and the Of­fice of Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net, as well as in var­i­ous pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions.

“Mr Wek­wete has been in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment and rolling out of the na­tional e-Gov­ern­ment Agenda and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones in Zim­babwe.

“Over the years, he par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tees on ICTs in­clud­ing the In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Union,” said Dr Sibanda.

“He leaves his cur­rent post of chair­man of Africom (Pvt) Ltd to lead the de­vel­op­ment of a com­pre­hen­sive e-Gov­er­nance pro­gramme span­ning a wide range of pub­lic sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions in Zim­babwe. The Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net wel­comes Mr Wek­wete and wishes him well in dis­charg­ing his na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Am­bas­sador Ki­tik­iti

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