THE Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has announced that its chief executive, Karikoga Kaseke, is retiring on medical grounds, 34 months after he went on sick leave.
Kaseke fell ill in November 2018 when he suffered a stroke, and has not been well since then.
“The board of directors of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority wishes to advise the tourism industry and all stakeholders that Dr Karikoga Kaseke has been retired from the post of chief executive of the ZTA after a long period of indisposition,” said Precious Sibiya, the tourism authority’s acting board chairperson.
She added that Karikoga’s retirement comes after the recommendations of a medical board and is effective 1 July 2021, and he will be sadly missed by the tourism sector at large.
“The board and indeed everyone had hoped for his recovery and we continue to pray for the restoration of his health,” said Sibiya.
“Allow me on behalf of the board to thank the Kaseke family, industry and all our stakeholders for the support and co-operation given both to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Dr Kaseke during these past two years. Continue with your support and co-operation as we recruit a new chief executive for the organi-sation,” said Sibiya.
Kaseke has been ZTA chief executive from June 2005.
A process to appoint his replacement is already under way with the organisation flighting an advertisement over the weekend seeking applications from prospective qualifying candidates.
In the meantime, ZTA chief operations officer, Givemore Chidzidzi, is the acting chief executive of the country’s tourism body having taken that role in August 2019.