By Justin Mahlahla
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Ambassador Raphael Tayerera Faranisi as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry with effect from 1st August 2022.
A statement from the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr misheck Sibanda reads, “His Excellency the President has, in terms of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe of No. 20 of , as amended, approved the appointment of Ambassador Raphael Tayerera Faranisi as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
“Ambassador Faranisi takes over as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, following the retirement of Mr. Munesushe Munodawafa with effect from 1st August 2022. Mr. Munodawafa will be reassigned within Government Service in due course.”
Ambassador Faranisi holds a degree in Politics and Administration and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and is a seasoned career diplomat with extensive experience in senior level administration, diplomacy, and protocol services.
Dr Sibanda said Ambassador Faranisi also possesses high-level negotiating skills horned in during his extensive service as a diplomat, adding, “These skills are key to navigating a relation to environmental management and climate-change compliance.”
“Ambassador Faranisi rose through the ranks in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to head the Protocol Department as Director and served as a senior diplomat in different stations including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC] during which last post, he served as Head of the SADC Group of Ambassadors.”