Robert Mugabe Retains Old Guard in Zimbabwe.

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Harare(BM)-PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe finally unveiled his long-awaited Cabinet on Tuesday, but those hoping for change would have been disappointed.

Former Lands Minister Herbert Murerwa was the only casualty as Mugabe rotated his ministers and named new but experienced hands, while reducing the Cabinet from 33 to 26.

Jonathan Moyo, expelled from Zanu PF in 2005 before rejoining the party in 2008, bounced back in his old portfolio after being named Information Minister. He will be deputised by ZiFM Stereo boss, Supa Mandiwanzira.

Moyo lost his parliamentary seat in Tsholotsho North in the July 31 general elections, but Mugabe still found space for him along with Joseph Made, who lost in the Zanu PF primaries but has been returned to Agriculture.

Made and Moyo were among Mugabe’s allocation of five non-constituency MPs, with three other slots going to Martin Dinha (Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Mashonaland Central), Faber Chidarikire (Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Mashonaland East) and Lazarus Dokora (Minister of Education).

Mugabe named former Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa in Finance, while moving Obert Mpofu from Mines to Transport and Saviour Kasukuwere from Indigenisation to Water Resources and Environment.

Francis Nhema, previously at Environment, becomes the new Indigenisation Minister while Walter Chidhakwa replaces Mpofu at Mines.

Defence went to Sydney Sekeramayi as Emmerson Mnangagwa was shifted to Justice.

Dokora, who deputised David Coltart in the last government, takes over Education which has been split. The Sport and Culture element is now a full ministry, which went to Insiza North MP Andrew Langa.

Ignatius Chombo was retained in Local Government while Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was again entrusted with Foreign Affairs.

Only three women were named ministers – Oppah Muchinguri (Women’s Affairs), Olivia Muchena (Higher and Tertiary Education) and Sithembiso Nyoni (Small and Medium Enterprises).

State Security, under which the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) fell, was dismantled, but it was not immediately clear which Ministry would take over the department. Nicholas Goche, who previously held the portfolio, was deployed in Labour.

The surprise appointment was Dzikamai Mavhaire, who takes over the key Energy and Power Development Ministry. He will have his in-tray full as the country experiences serious power outages.

Former Information Minister Wester Shamu is the new Minister of Information Communication Technology while Walter Mzembi was returned to Tourism.

Didymus Mutasa will keep his job as Presidential Affairs Minister, while Zanu PF national chairman was named a Senior Minister Without Portfolio.

Mugabe also appointed 10 Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs, an apparent strategy to retain what were called provincial governors in the old constitution.


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