Prof. Francis Pedzana Gudyanga has with immediate effect been appointed the permanent secretary of the ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development .
This is the same post he once held before the two ministries of Education and Science were combined into one.
Prof. Gudyanga had served as Permanent Secretary of Science and Technology Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe since 2007.
Since September 2013 to date, he has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
He is extensively involved in the broader issues of science and technology and higher education in Zimbabwe and beyond. He has been a Director of The Dubai Diamond Exchange since November 2013.
The government has re-assigned some permanent secretaries and promoted other senior civil servants to become permanent secretaries.
In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda confirmed the development, saying the appointments are with immediate effect and in terms of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013 as read together with Section 28 of the Interpretation Act.
Dr Thokozile Chitepo, who was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, is now the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
Mr George Magosvongwe leaves the Ministry of Youth Development, indigenisation and Economic Development to become Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage.
Also re-assigned is Mr Munesushe Munodawafa from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.
Those promoted to become permanent secretaries are Dr Desire Mutize Sibanda (Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment), Dr Judith Kateera (Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion), Mrs Sibusisiwe Zembe (Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development) and Professor Francis Gudyanga (Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology development).
Dr Mutize Sibanda was Secretary for Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr Kateera Non-Accounting Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mrs Zembe Principal Director in the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, and Professor Gudyanga Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.
Dr Perpetua Gumbo, who was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, is now Secretary in the Public Service Commission.
Dr Godfrey Majoni Chipare is now Secretary in the Public Service Commission and seconded to the Zimbabwe National Defence University as a lecturer.
He was the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Sport and Recreation.