Maligned Mudede replaced by ex-immigration boss Masango

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By Staff Reporter

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has wasted no time in replacing the much-maligned former Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede who was swept out in the tide of changes that hit the government bureaucracy in the aftermath of the July 30 elections.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda announced Friday that former Immigration Department boss Clemence Masango had been appointed the country Registrar General taking over from Mudede who had been in the job since independence in 1980.

Masango leaves the Immigration Department with a cloud over his head after the Gender Commission announced recently that it was investigating reports of abuse of female staffers.

Mudede had become one of the most controversial bureaucrats in Zimbabwe given his central role in electoral management before the setting up of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

He was accused of rigging elections in Zanu PF’s favour, claims he vehemently denied.

Recently Mudede was in the news for refusing to grant a passport to veteran journalist Violet Gonda, arguing she was on a list of “red flagged” Zimbabweans who fled the country at the height of the political crisis and declared persona non grata by former President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

As Mnangagwa continues with the painstaking job of piecing together his own bureaucracy after a controversial poll victory in July, former Finance Ministry Permanent secretary Willard Manungo has been appointed Head of State Enterprise Reform and Corporate Governance in the President’s Office while another long serving bureaucrat Stuart Combarbach will be Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Sibanda said after consultations with Mnangagwa he had appointed career diplomat Grace Mutandiro and one Ozias Hove as members of government employer Civil Service Commission.