Emmerson Mnangagwa has with immediate effect appointed General Constantino Chiwenga as new Health Minister.

This comes after the sacking of minister Obadiah Moyo over his alleged involvement in a drug tender scandal.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda announced Chiwenga’s appointment in a statement Tuesday evening.

“In terms of Section 99 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (no.20) Act 2013, His Excellency the President Cde E.D Mnangagwa has appointed Honourable Vice President Dr C.D.N Chiwenga as Minister of Health and Child Care,” Sibanda said.

“In making the decision, His Excellency has noted the urgent need to stabilise, restructure and reform the national health delivery to better cope with the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic and in the process ensure a quick turnaround in national health care. The appointment is with immediate effect.”