The newly appointed Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, former Political Detainees and Restrictees Ambassador Cain Mathema and the new Minister of State for Matabeleland South province Ambassador Aaron Maboyi Ncube have been sworn in at State House in Harare this Wednesday.
The two could not make it on Tuesday when other new cabinet ministers and ministers of state took their oaths at a ceremony which was attended by the two vice presidents, relatives and spouses at the same venue.
Ambassador Mathema is a prolific author and poet with 18 diverse titles to his name.
In that profession, he boasts as a NAMA award winner of the only Ndebele collection of poems by one author.
The collection is titled: Ulimi Lwami (My Language).
He writes different subjects including philosophy, political economy, history with a publication Zimbabwe Diverse But One.
Some of his publications are used in schools, universities and colleges.
In the party and government, Ambassador Mathema is a Senator for Tsholotsho, Secretary for Lands in the politburo and he is also an ex-combatant who joined ZIPRA together with the late General Solomon Mujuru in 1968.
He holds an MBA from the College of Southern Africa in South Africa.
He joined the civil service at independence and rose through the ranks becoming ambassador to Zambia from 2001 to 2004.
Prior to this latest appointment as minister in charge of war veterans, Ambassador Mathema was Minister of State for Matabeleland North province.
The new Minister of State for Matabeleland South Ambassador Aaron Maboyi Ncube comes from a teaching background and holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
He served as Deputy Town Clerk of Bulawayo from 1984 to 1988.
He went on to serve as Principal of Bulawayo Polytechnic from 1988 to 1996.
He also served as Beitbridge Town CEO from 1996 to 1999.
Cde Maboyi Ncube served as ambassador to Egypt for 14 years from the year 2000.
He boasts of being an eloquent speaker of 7 languages namely Venda his mother tongue, Ndebele, Shona, Sotho, Tswana, and Shangan.
He also authored published an anthropology of poems My Freedom Is My Right.
Speaking soon after taking his oath of office, Ambassador Maboyi Ncube said he will work to improve livelihoods through provision of irrigation in the semi arid region of Matabeleland South and revive the cattle rearing sector to feed the beef canning industry which used to thrive in that region for the benefit of the national economy.
Ambassador Maboyi Ncube said every effort will also be made to revive the Cold Storage Company expressing dismay why some players have opted to establish a donkey abattoir in a cattle rich country.
Minister Cain Mathema said he will do his best to resolve challenges facing the Ministry of War Veterans Ex-Political Prisoners Restrictees and Detainees.
The swearing in ceremony brings to 8 the new appointees brought by the recent cabinet reshuffle.