On Thursday 1 December 2017 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa named a new cabinet, which comprises a familiar face: ITC alumnus Professor Amon Murwira was appointed Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development.
In August 1998, Professor Amon Murwira joined the University of Zimbabwe as a staff development fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science under a scholarship to do an MSc in Environmental Systems Analysis and Monitoring, as well as a PhD at ITC in the Netherlands. He successfully completed his MSc thesis in 2000 and immediately commenced his PhD research.
Murwira is the fifth ITC alumnus who made it to Governmental level: Dr. Laurent Sedogo (Minister of Environment of Burkina Faso), Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu Kimono (Minister State for Environment of Uganda), Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar (Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia), and Dr. Wilber Ottichilo (Member of Kenyan Parliament for the Emuhaya constituency) preceded him.
It was with great pleasure that we learned of Murwira’s appointment as Minister in the Zimbabwean cabinet. We congratulate him most warmly on behalf of the ITC Community and wish him success in his new duties.