NEW Zimbabwe.com blogger Psychology Maziwisa says he is “humbled” following his recent appointment to the board of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Cooperation (ZMDC).
Maziwisa, a lawyer by training, has been working as an adviser to Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere over the last year and has been head-hunted for a role in Zanu PF’s information department.
Mines Minister Obert Mpofu last week released names of the new ZMDC board, which saw lawyer Godwills Masimirembwa retained as chairman.
Journalist and ZiFM radio chief Supa Mandiwanzira also joins the board, along with geologist Ntombizodwa Masuku, Florence Gowora, Togarmah Dhlakama, Ashton Ndlovu, Mutabu Sibanda and administrator Esther Maravanyika.
Maziwisa said: “I’m truly honoured to be on the board and am utterly humbled by Minister Mpofu's show of confidence and trust in me. I’m well aware of the responsibilities that lie ahead and I promise to work my absolute hardest to prove that his choice of me was not a mistake.
“I would like to give credit to everyone who has believed in me over the years: to my parents who sadly can't be around to share my joy and excitement, to my late mentor and dear friend Peter Roebuck – all of whom I miss dearly and know would have been most proud.
“I give particular credit to Minister Kasukuwere for giving me the platform to shine over the last two years or so. His words to me on New Year's Eve have turned out to be prophetic: ‘I have no doubt that 2013 will be a great year for you’.”
Maziwisa said his appointment had “reinforced in me my belief that Zanu PF is the only party that is genuinely and totally committed to the development and empowerment of young people in Zimbabwe and it is all the more reason why every young person should rally behind President Mugabe in the forthcoming elections.”
The ZMDC was established by an Act of Parliament in 1982 and is involved in the mining of diamond, gold, and emerald on behalf of the Zimbabwe government.
The ZMDC owns 100% shareholding in Marange Resources which is engaged in diamond mining in Chiadzwa. Since 2005, the company entered into joint ventures with China’s Anjin Investment, the Diamond Mining Corporation and Mbada Resources in the mining of diamonds in Marange.