Zimbabwe sacked Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Prisca Mupfumira last week on corruption and money-laundering allegations. Minister of Industry and Commerce, Nqobizita Mangaliso Ndlovu, who was appointed Acting Tourism Minister prior to Mupfumira’s expulsion, remains in the position.
Mupfumira is currently in custody.
Shearwater Public Relations Executive, Clement Mukwasi, says operations at the ministry will continue after Mupfumira’s expulsion. “Due to the fact that Mupfumira is on remand, she ceases to be a proper person to continue representing Zimbabwe, both at Ministerial and international level. We see no negativity as far as her removal is concerned.” The position of a minister is one of high integrity and holders should not have an allegation dangling in front of them, he said.
Mukwasi emphasised that Shearwater was not saying the minister was guilty of anything, but that the allegations themselves took away her integrity and dignity as a person fit and proper to represent the interest of Zimbabwe at ministerial level.
Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe President, Innocent Manyera, says: “As a country, we need to make sure that people are accountable for the past and present situation in the country. What the president did is a move in the right direction, and now we wait the appointment of a substantive tourism minister to replace Mupfumira.”