Senator Monica Mutsvangwa signs her contract soon after being sworn-in as the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services at State House on 10 September 2018

Manicaland province has described Senator Monica Mutsvangwa who is now the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services as an icon and beacon of development who left a permanent mark in the province and whose leadership acumen is an inspiration, not only to women, but Zimbabweans in general.

People from all walks of life, including the business community, government departments, civic organisations, the church, political party representatives and academic institutions among others all converged in Mutare on Thursday evening to bid farewell to former Minister of State Senator Mutsvangwa, who is greatly remembered in the province for uniting the people and placing Manicaland on a positive economic development trajectory.

The colourful and emotional ceremony that was punctuated with music by Blessing Shumba saw speaker after speaker chronicling Senator Mutsvangwa’s immense contribution towards the development of the province during her term in office, attracting investments and spearheading developmental projects throughout the province.

“The outgoing Minister of State will be remembered for spearheading developmental projects, uplifting the lives of the ordinary people, promoting unity as well as attracting investments into the province,” said a resident from Mutare.

Others say there was no better appointment to the position of Minister of Information than Senator Mutsvangwa basing on her outstanding leadership qualities and unquestionable integrity.

Guest of honour at the event Bishop Erick Ruwona described Senator Mutsvangwa as a hard worker who saw the church as a companion of government than its competitor while the outgoing Minister of State thanked the people of Manicaland for recognising her efforts.

“I thank the people of Manicaland for recognising my efforts. My achievements were also a reality because I worked with a winning team and supportive community,” she said.

For the people of Manicaland who showered her with awards and presents during the cocktail to send her off, Senator Mutsvangwa’s elevation was a foregone conclusion and they believe she will re-brand the country and turn around the fortunes of the country’s media industry.

Meanwhile, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba replaces her as the new Minister of State for Manicaland province.