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Friday, March 31, 2023

Agriculture Minister appears before parliament

By John Nhandara

THE Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka has cleared the air on the recruitment of the African Finance Corporation (AFC) Holdings Group Chief Executive Officer.

This comes after parliament had queried the appointment of Francis Macheka to the helm of the financial institution.

Officials from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development and the AFC board once again appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture and Rural Development chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Honourable Justice Mayor Wadyajena to explain the appointment of Macheka as substantive AFC holdings group CEO.

The committee sought clarity as to why Macheka was appointed substantive group CEO despite him scoring the least points out of the shortlisted best three candidates.

“According to interview results, Admore Kandlela was the highest with 99 percent followed by Elphas Chimbera. Why did you appoint Macheka?” probed the committee’s chairperson.

Minister Masuka responded: “Recruitment is the responsibility of the board. The board concluded interviews and they also hired the services from a recruitment agency. We had the best three candidates to pick from resulting in the appointment of Macheka,” he said.

Macheka was appointed AFC substantive group CEO in November last year from a pool of 30 candidates who had been shortlisted for interviews.

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