By Staff Reporter
Former Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Petronella Kagonye has bounced back into the executive as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare after being fired in 2014 on allegations that she was a member of a Zanu PF faction fronted by former Vice President Joice Mujuru.
Speaking on the sidelines of the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony at State House the Goromonzi South legislator expressed enthusiasm for being appointed into leaner Cabinet saying she is aware of what was expected of her and that she was willing to serve to the best of her abilities.
“I feel excited given the opportunity to serve our nation at such a time like this and I know people’s expectations are so high…
“It’s not easy to be chosen among the 22 to lead the government of the country and it’s only by God’s grace and I promise to work as hard as I can to ensure that we rebuild our nation together,” said Kagonye.
The 40 year old Goromonzi South legislator made her way onto the much anticipated final list of Cabinet Ministers as a relatively unknown political figure even though her entrance into the political field is not sudden as she formerly served as Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development before her ouster together with six other ministers.’
Kagonye was also given a vote of no confidence in her constituency where residents demonstrated against her accusing her of fanning factionalism.
Honourable Kagonye has also served in the Zanu PF’s Women’s League has been fingered in many land grab scandals in her constituency where she is alleged to be a bigwig land baron and has been involved in vote buying in exchange for land.
Besides being a Minister Hon Kagonye is also a businesswoman who runs Glorious Properties, she holds a Masters in Business Administration Degree from the University of Zimbabwe.
Her political comeback and selection into a gender imbalanced Cabinet offers an opportunity for women in politics to be amplified as Kagonye offers years of experience in the political field and might bring much improvement in issues of labour during her tenure as Minister.