Plans to replace Tourism and Hospitality minister Prisca Mupfumira are at an advanced stage, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly having called for CVs from prospective Zanu PF female legislators, Zim Morning Post can report.
A close source within the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) said Mnangagwa intended to replace Mupfumira with a female candidate to head the ministry.
Some female legislators reportedly submitted their CVs two weeks ago, with Sport, Youths, Arts and Culture minister Kirsty Coventry believed to be leading the pack.
Coventry is currently the acting Tourism minister and is believed to have done a sterling job in the short period she has been in charge.
Although Coventry is believed to be doing well as Sports minister, Mnangagwa believes that she could do better in marketing the country, including effectively spearheading the country’s re-engagement effort with with the international community.
The Sports ministry is likely to go to Kazembe Kazembe, who has also proved to be a formidable force in sports management, especially in his role as chairman of the Warriors Fundraising Committee.
Asked about plans to reshuffle Cabinet, the source said: “The President has made it clear that there was no way he would reshuffle his winning team.”
The source, however, said there was likely to be a reshuffle in the OPC as the chief secretary, Misheck Sibanda and Chief of Protocol Munyaradzi Kajese are expected to retire from the public service.