Zimbabwean government unveils new boards for key agriculture parastatals

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has unveiled new board members across major agriculture parastatals in the country under the ongoing restructuring.

This follows the approval of the head of state, President Mnangagwa, to dissolve entire boards and appoint new board members of the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) and Grain Marketing Board (GMB) among other parastatals.

Other parastatals that also received new blood include Pig Industry Board (PIB), Agricultural Rural Development Marketing Authority (ARDA) and Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), reports NewsDay.

In a statement, Mr Ringson Chitsiko, the Secretary Lands, Agriculture and Water said that while the CSC board will be announced later, the President had also approved the appointment of the TIMB, ARDA, GMB, ZINWA and PIB boards.

The change in meat processing firm, CSC,  comes shortly after the government approved a US$130 million with UK’s US$130 Boulstead Beef (Pvt) Limited that seeks to revitalise the company’s operation.

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The PIB board will be headed by Mr Craig Devenport, who replaces Mr Zvinechimwe Churu.

Mr Devenport will be deputised by Dr Sharai Ncube, while other board members will include Dr Thembekile Ncube, Messrs James Chipunza, Andrew Shonhiwa and Bothwell Makodza.

“The seventh board member will be announced in due course,” Mr Chitsiko said.

The government also announced the appointment of Ms Joylyn Ndoro as the chair of the Grains Marketing Board board who takes over from Mr Charles Chikaura.

Other GMB board members are Dr Henry Mushinga as the deputy chairman, Mr Nick Swanepoel, Mrs Rosina Hove, Mr Lloyd Belinksy, Mr Thompson Mukahlera, Mr Rockie Mutenha and Mr Clemence Bwenje.

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The government’s agriculture investment arm, ARDA, will be chaired by Dr Muntubane Nzima who is taking over from Mr Basil Nyabadza and deputised by Dr Johannes Makadho.

Other members are Mr Brian Herry Oldrieve, Dr Darlington Muzeza, Advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba, Dr Adelaide Munodawafa, Mr William Mbona and Dr Conrad Zawe while the ninth board member will be announced later.

Mr Patrick Devenish will lead the TIMB board which will also constitute of Mr Rob Webb, Lt-General Engelbert Rugeje (Rtd), Mrs Majorie Munyonga, Mr Phibart Mambiri, Dr Andrew Matibiri and Mr Bernard Mache as board members.

Mr Chitsiko said that other board members will be named in due course.

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