By Staff Reporter
THE MINISTER of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, has mourned the Head of Cabinet Secretariat in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Francis Sonny Mapingire who passed on this Wednesday at a local hospital in Harare.
In her condolence message, Senator Mutsvangwa described Mr Mapingire as a sharp and judicious intellect who had a strong sense of patriotic duty.
“Mr Mapingire was a high-minded public servant and his work was marked by a keen sense of patriotic duty, and an intense work ethic,” Senator Mutsvangwa said.
“The attributes above came out of a sharp and judicious intellect who helped the public follow, appreciate and understand the direction, challenges and achievements of Government at work.”
Minister Mutsvangwa had the privilege to work with Mr Mapingire on the weekly cabinet briefings and she bemoaned his death saying he would be greatly missed.
“I had the privilege to work with Mr Mapingire on the weekly cabinet briefings, a governance innovation tool of the Second Republic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and he will be sorely missed.”
“My deepest condolences to the family as well as his workmates at the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Mapingire’s family through their spokesperson, Mr Munyaradzi Mapingire, said he had been diagnosed and treated of colon cancer in 2017 before he eventually died at a local hospital in Harare.
Munyaradzi Mapingire said the body of the late Mapingire would be taken to his rural home in Zaka for burial this Saturday.
He started his professional career as a teacher at Highfield High 1 from June to July 1987 before he joined the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare as an Admin officer in August of the same year.
In December 1989 he joined the Department of National Scholarships as a senior Admin officer and then moved to the Office of the President and Cabinet in 1994 before rising through the ranks to head of Cabinet Secretariat in 2009. He was studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy Degree with the Midlands State University.
He is survived by his widow Josephine and two sons — Kudzwaishe (24) and Anozivaishe (19).
Mourners are gathered at number 6103 Bloomingdale, Harare.
By Staff Reporter