The new Deputy Minister for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Barbra Rwodzi was sworn in by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare on Friday.

Rwodzi, who is the Member of Parliament for Chirumanzu, took her oath of office at a ceremony attended by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda, Permanent Secretary in her ministry Munesu Munodawafa, other senior Government officials and her family.

Speaking after the ceremony, Rwodzi said she was ready to serve the Government and work to broaden opportunities and bring growth in the tourism industry as well as tackle climate change. She said:

I am ready to serve my Government and perform at the best of my ability.

This is a very interesting ministry (Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality), so I am looking forward to working with my Minister (Mangaliso Ndlovu) and the Permanent Secretary to widen the opportunities in this industry and bring growth, particularly in the tourism sector.

… Climate change is so much of interest. Africa is affected more because it’s affecting countries that rely more on their natural resources and Zimbabwe is not an exception in that.

We have been affected by cyclones, a number of them now.

Rwodzi holds a Master of Business Administration degree and an honours degree in Business Studies.

She reportedly owns several companies with interests in energy solutions, financial services, clothing and community development projects.

Rwodzi is the chief executive officer of House of BarRue Knitwear, a business that exports handmade garments.

Before her appointment as deputy minister, Rwodzi represented Zimbabwe in the Pan-African Parliament.