HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa last night began the re-configuration of the security sector when he appointed Zimbabwe Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho Isaac Moyo as the new director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
Moyo replaces Happyton Bonyongwe who had been appointed Justice minister by former president Robert Mugabe in his last Cabinet reshuffle in October.
Bonyongwe was cut loose by Mnangagwa when he announced his first Cabinet last week.
Moyo was appointed Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho in 2014.
Before his appointment he had been executive secretary of the African Union Committee of Intelligence and Security Service in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The new CIO boss was in August a target of the former first lady Grace Mugabe – who was accused of severely assaulting a South African model she had found in the company of her wayward sons – who had expressed her displeasure at the Zimbabwean Embassy ‘‘failure’’ to protect her during the attempts to have her deported.
Grace was accused of assaulting Gabriella Engels with an extension cable at a Sandton Hotel in August and narrowly escaped arrest when her husband negotiated for her to be granted diplomatic immunity.
The charges are still hanging over her head.
Her Generation 40 (G40) cabal had accused Moyo of being a Mnangagwa sympathiser and was further angered, according to sources, by Moyo’s vigilance during the time Mnangagwa was receiving treatment in South Africa for alleged poisoning by his rivals in Zanu PF.
CIO deputy director-general Daniel Tonde Nhepera had been acting ever since Bonyongwe was first made minister and later dropped from government.
Mnangagwa is set to shake up the security sector with new appointments, retiring long serving security chiefs and filling voids left by those he appointed into his government such as former Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and Major General Sibusiso Busi Moyo.
On Wednesday Mnangagwa appointed Shebba Shumbayaonda as acting boss of the Air Force.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa last night rang changes to several ministries by reassigning and cutting loose those he deemed were not worth retaining in their previous portfolios.
Below is the full list of new permanent secretaries.
. Joey Bimha-Foreign Affairs and International Trade
· Virginia Mabiza-Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
· Ngoni Masoka-Labour and Social Welfare
· Desire Sibanda-Higher Education, Science and Technology Development
· Sylvia Utete-Masango-Primary and Secondary Education
· George Magosvongwe-Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
· Abigail Shonhiwa-Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development
· Munesu Munodawafa-Mines and Mining Development
· Thokozile Chitepo-Tourism and Hospitality Industry
· Sibusisiwe Zembe-Women and Youth Affairs
· George Charamba-Information, Media and Broadcasting Services
· Gerald Gwinji-Health and Child Care
· Prince Mupazviriho-Sport, Arts and Recreation
· Sam Kundishora-Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security
· Grace Mutandiro-Environment, Water and Climate
· Judith Kateera-Presidential Affairs, Monitoring and Implementation of Government Programmes
· George Mlilo-Transport and Infrastructural Development