HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday appointed Evelyn Ndlovu as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, demoting Cain Mathema, who recently suffered a stroke while hospitalized with complications from Covid-19.
Mathema will return to the office of President and Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio after his full recovery, according to a statement released by Chief Cabinet Secretary Mischeck Sibanda.
“In relation to Section 104 (1) of the Constitutional Amendment No. 20 of Zimbabwe 2013, His Excellency the President Dr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has made the following ministerial appointments:
“Mrs. Evelyn Ndlovu as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.
“Honourable Cain G Mathema as Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the President and Cabinet,” the statement read.
Until her appointment, Ndlovu was Minister of State in the cabinet of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and MP Bulilima (proportional representation).
During a unity government between 2009 and 2013, Ndlovu was permanent secretary in the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise Development.
Mathema contracted Covid-19 in August and was hospitalized at United Bulawayo Hospitals. He was airlifted to Harare when his health deteriorated.
Earlier this month, Mathema suffered a stroke and it is feared he may never return to work.