By Thandiwe Garusa
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Raphael Tayerera Faranisi as the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism.
The post was previously held by Munesushe Munodawafa, who will retire in August.
This was announced by the President’s Chief Secretary, Misheck Sibanda, in a statement on Wednesday.
“His Excellency the President, within the meaning of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe No. 20 of the As amended, approved the appointment of Ambassador Raphael Tayerera Faranisi as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality.
“Ambassador Faranisi will take over as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality following the departure of Mr. Munesushe Munodawafa, effective August 1, 2022.
“Mr. Munodawafa will be transferred to government service in due course,” Sibanda said.
Sibanda added: “Ambassador Faranisi has a degree in Politics and Administration and a master’s degree in International Relations.
“He is a seasoned career diplomat with extensive senior-level experience in administration, diplomacy and protocol services.
“He also has great negotiating skills, which he acquired during his many years as a diplomat.
“These capabilities are key to navigating and optimizing national interests in multilateral engagements related to environmental management and climate change compliance.
“Faranisi has worked at the State Department, rising through the ranks to lead the Protocol Department as Director and has served as a senior diplomat in various posts including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC] During this last role, he served as head of the SADC Group of Ambassadors.”