HARARE — Former Acting Regional Manager at Southern African Airways, Ndazovepi Winnet Muchanyuka, has been appointed Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zim Morning Post can exclusively report.
Muchanyuka fended off stiff competition from 41 high profile applicants to land the role which sees her fill the vacant position left by the retirement of Karikoga Kaseke in August last year on medical grounds.
The former president of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ)’s work is cut out as operations have stalled at ZTA due to a leadership crisis that arose by the vacuum created by Kaseke’s absence of almost two years due to failing health.
Insiders say, ZTA’s operations were crippled as the acting CEO Givemore Chidzidzi had limited powers and was unable to make some executive decisions.
An insider at ZTA told Zim Morning Post that Muchanyuka started work today and is expected to hit the ground running.
“Indeed she has begun work today and an official communication will be made soon,” said a highly placed source.
“Some of the issues she will be faced with is steering the ship in the right in line with Government’s National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy which seeks to achieve a US$5 billion tourism industry and also a restructure of the organisation,” the source added,
Zim Morning Post understands 42 applicants raised their hand for the ZTA top job with Munyanyuka, who was viewed as an outsider due to the charismatic CVs of her challengers, emerged as the top candidate to fill the vacant post.
Muchanyuka holds a Master of Science Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and has won various accolades in over three decades in a male dominated aviation industry.
Some of the shortlisted candidates who fell by the wayside after rigorous interviews include George Manyumwa (Deputy Director at Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management), Godfrey Pasipanodya (Chief Operating Officer at Hospitality and Tourism Investments Group), Tawanda Marufu (director at Intercontinental Group in Atlanta in the US) and Charles Chakanya, an ambitious Victoria Falls-based entrepreneur.
Others are Givemore Chidzidzi (Acting ZTA CEO), David Kanyandu (Head Customer Services at Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe) and Jeffrey Manjengwa (Executive Director at ZTA).