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ED appoints new mines permanent Secretary

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has approved the appointment of Mr Pfungwa Kunaka as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. In a statement seen by the publication, the president’s office said Kunaka replaces Mr. Onesimo Mazayi Moyo who retired at the end of last month. Reads the statement:


1. His Excellency the President has, in terms of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe No. 20 of [2013], as amended, approved the appointment of Mr. Pfungwa Kunaka as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.

2. Mr Kunaka takes over as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, following the retirement of Mr. Onesimo Mazayi Moyo with effect from 31st July 2022.

3. Mr. Pfungwa Kunaka holds a BSc Degree in Economics. Mr. Kunaka rose within Government services from being an Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to the post of Chief Economist Revenue Expenditure; Director, National Budgeting; Chief Director, Resource Mobilisation; Chief Director, Fiscal Policy and Advisory Services and Chief Director, Expenditure Management which Chief Director posts he held since 2007. This experience exposed Mr. Kunaka to the planning, evaluation, and financing of a wide range of investment projects and programmes by all government ministries, including in the mining sector. In addition, Mr. Kunaka engaged with several development partners at bilateral and multilateral levels, and with international financial institutions to hammer out projects, programmes, and investment deals on behalf of the country. Under the Second Republic, Mr. Kunaka was seconded to the One Stop Shop Investment under the Office of President and Cabinet to establish the formative infrastructure to operationalize the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Authority (ZIDA). He sits on the Boards of various investment and financial institutions in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Kunaka thus brings a vast knowledge of, and experience in public administration and management across all sectors of government, and a deep understanding of the sectors of the economy in relation to their contribution to inclusive and sustainable national development. He is a strategic thinker with a sharp eye for financial analysis and management, evaluation of investments, and negotiation of agreements to best advantage of the country. The deployment of Mr. Kunaka to the mining sector will therefore bring the requisite stability and sustain inclusive growth in the industry in its quest to meet its strategic targets under the ongoing national development programmes in consonance with the realization of Vision 2030.

4. The appointment of Mr. Pfungwa Kunaka is with effect from Monday 22nd August, 2022.

-Pindula News

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