Mugabe swears in Tsvangirai’s ministers


President Robert Mugabe yesterday swore-in five new ministers appointed on Tuesday by his arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in response to what the premier said was a decline in confidence in the fragile government of national unity formed 16 months ago.
Those sworn in at Zimbabwe House were Tapiwa Mashakada (Economic Planning and Investment Promotion), Jameson Timba (Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office), Gift Chimanikire (Deputy Minister of Mines), Obert Gutu (Deputy Minister of Justice) and Tongai Matutu (Deputy Minister of Youth).
Tsvangirai dropped four ministers for non-performance, reassigned seven and promoted one. Those axed are Elias Mudzuri ( Energy), Fidelis Mhashu (Housing), Evelyn Masaiti (former Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs) and Thamsanga Mahlangu (former Deputy Minister of Youth).
After being sworn in, an ecstatic Mashakada who doubles up as the MDC-T’s deputy secretary general said: “I am obviously pleased to be appointed to this post. My vision is that we need to develop a national economic strategy for the country under pro-poor growth policies that rely on tapping of domestic resources to alleviate poverty.”