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10 Oct 2017
7:45 am

Mugabe reshuffles Zimbabwean cabinet, axes three ministers


Incoming deputy ministers were not announced.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reshuffled his cabinet on Monday night, axing three ministers in the process.

In a statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said Mugabe had made the re-assignment and appointments in terms of section 100(200)(c) and (d) of the Constitution Amendment (No 20).

Mugabe, speaking at a meeting with Zanu PF youths on Saturday, announced he would reshuffle his cabinet saying: “There are some amongst us who although they were given positions, and although they are good members of the party, they have not done well. Although we appointed people to certain positions, did they give up the calling of those positions? Next week there might be some changes. I don’t want people to run away but I must also see who has not pulled up or lived up to expectation.”

Ignatius Chombo was moved from the home affairs ministry to replace Patrick Chinamasa in the finance and economic development portfolio. Chinamasa was moved to a new ministry altogether, cyber security, threat detection and mitigation. Mugabe moved Walter Mzembi from tourism and hospitality ministry to foreign affairs.

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was shuttled from the foreign affairs portfolio to macro-economic planning and investment promotion, which previously was held by Obert Mpofu, who has been moved to home affairs.

Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has been moved from the youth, indigenisation and economic empowerment ministry to public service, labour and social welfare, where Prisca Mupfumira has been shown the door.

Simon Khaya Moyo was shuttled from the policy co-ordination and promotion of socio-economic ventures ministry to media, information and broadcasting services, where Christopher Mushohwe was moved to minister of state in the President’s Office responsible for national scholarships.

Saviour Kasukuwere’s ministry was expanded from local government to include rural development and national housing, while Makhosini Hlongwane’s sport and recreation ministry was also expanded to include arts and culture.

Abednico Ncube, who was holding forte in the rural development, preservation and promotion of culture and heritage ministry and doubled as Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister, was also shown the door.

War veterans minister Tshinga Dube was axed from cabinet and he was replaced by Cain Mathema.

Edgar Mbwembwe, who previously was foreign affairs deputy minister, was appointed to the tourism, environment and hospitality portfolio.

Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe was reassigned to be justice, legal and parliamentary affairs minister, taking over from Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Industry and commerce deputy minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa was appointed youth, development, indigenisation and economic employment minister, taking over from Zhuwao. Former Zimbabwe Ambassador to Egypt, Aaron Maboyi-Ncube, was appointed Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister, Ncube.

Media and information deputy minister Thokozile Mathuthu was appointed Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister. Webster Shamu bounced back as Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister, taking over from Faber Chidarikire, who was booted out as well.

Paul Chimedza, who was sacked as health and child care deputy minister in 2014, has been roped in as Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister, taking over from Shuvai Mahofa, wo passed on in August.

Other ministries remained untouched, which include Supa Mandiwanzira (ICT), Joram Gumbo (transport), Douglas Mombeshora (lands and resettlement), Nyasha Chikwinya (women affairs), David Parirenyatwa (health), Jonathan Moyo (higher education), Lazarus Dokora (primary and secondary education), Oppah Muchinguri (climate and water), Samuel Undenge (energy), Joseph Made (agriculture), Water Chidhakwa (mines), Kembo Mohadi (state security), Sidney Sekeramayi (defence), Mike Bimha (industry and commerce), Sithembiso Nyoni (SMEs), and Josaya Hungwe (psychomotor).

Incoming deputy ministers were not announced.