Mnangagwa demotes Gumbo, replaces him with Chasi

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By Robert Tapfumaneyi

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Fortune Chasi as the new Energy Minister with immediate effect.

Chasi replaces Jorum Gumbo with signs the latter was being demoted for reasons that could be linked to his continued failure to remedy the current fuel crisis across the country.

Gumbo has been appointed Presidential Affairs Minister of State in charge of Implementing and Monitoring.

He leaves the portfolio in a mess after having failed to solve the country’s worst fuel crisis in more than a decade.

During his tenure as energy minister, Gumbo often blamed the central bank for failure to avail adequate foreign currency to import the precious liquid and in some instances, blaming the fuel shortages on what he felt was panic buying of fuel by motorists.

On the other hand, Chasi leaves the Transport Ministry amid rumours he was not on talking terms with his boss Biggie Matiza.

Chasi is Zanu PF MP for Mazowe South constituency and was once justice deputy minister under former President Robert Mugabe.