Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Priscah Mupfumira and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Board (ZTA) have temporarily replaced the current chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke and appointed Rita Likukuma to stand in for him.
Kaseke who is off work on medical grounds after he suffered a stroke and is recuperating in hospital.
Likukuma was seconded by the ZTA board this morning on an acting role of ZTA Chief Executive with effect from February 1 2019.
ZTA Chief Operating Officer, Mr Givemore Chidzidzi had been acting since November 2018 on behalf of Kaseke who has been off work on medical grounds.
“Mrs Likukuma brings in vast corporate governance experience having served on various Boards. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the current Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Board and Non-Executive Director of PG Industries,” ZTA said in a statement.
Likukuma is the current Chairman at Turnall Holdings Ltd and a director on the Morgan Company Board, an international business consortium currently in advanced stages of setting up in Zimbabwe.
She was the Chairman of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe until January 2013. In June 2014, she was appointed a member of the CMED Board of Directors.
“Mrs Likukuma served as the Managing Director at the Solar Division at Art Corporation and was a senior executive at Unilever. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Science Economics Degree at the University of Zimbabwe. The new ZTA Acting CEO also studied for a City and Guilds Diploma in Electrical Installations. Mrs Likukuma is charged with driving the vision of the Authority in line with that of nation.”
Kaseke has been at the helm of ZTA for at least 15 years after serving at the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.
He suffered a stroke and is getting physiotherapy sessions at St Giles Rehabilitation Centre where he is believed to be recovering.