By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked State Security Minister Owen Mudha Ncube for “conduct inappropriate” for a Cabinet Minister.
Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda confirmed the dismissal.
“The President Cde ED Mnangagwa has in terms of section 340, subsection (1) paragraph (f), as read with section 104, subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe removed Owen Ncube from Office of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a Minister of Government.
However, earlier the presidential spokesperson George Charamba had indicated he was not aware of the development and proceeded to dismiss the NewZimbabwe.com story on Twitter as fake, only for him to post another tweet confirming Mudha’s sacking.
“I am not aware of that. I will check and update you,” he said.
Ncube was appointed State Security Minister in September 2018.
As Minister of State, Ncube ordered a crackdown against demonstrators protesting against a 150% fuel hike in January 2019. At least 12 people were killed while over 600 were arrested. Ncube also ordered an internet blackout as the police and army responded to quell the demonstrations.
Following the protests, Ncube was added to the US and the UK travel ban and freezing of assets.