A month after his Zanu PF party’s electoral victory, President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday afternoon announced his new Cabinet – whittled down from 33 ministers to 26.
Listen to the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda announcing the new Cabinet.
Report by Online Reporter.
All pictures by Shepherd Tozvireva
The list, which contains a few surprises, has seen former Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick becoming the new Finance minister charged with the responsibility to turn around the country’s struggling economy.
Jonathan Moyo, who lost the Tsholotsho North parliamentary seat to MDC-T’s Roselyne Nkomo, has been appointed Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister, replacing Zanu PF national political commissar Webster Shamu who is now the Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister.
Moyo’s new appointment marks his political come back after he held the portfolio in the early 2000s before his brief exit from Zanu PF.
In a surprise announcement, Saviour Kasukuwere, who has been heading the Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment ministry, has been moved to the newly-consolidated Environment, Water and Climate with Francis Nhema replacing him.
Former Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa- who is among those reportedly interested in succeeding Mugabe- has been moved to the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ministry.
Sydney Sekeramayi takes over the Defence portfolio.
Obert Mpofu is the new Transport and Infrastructural Development minister replacing Nicholas Goche who is now heading the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry.
The Mines ministry is now in the hands of newcomer Walter Chidhakwa.
Ignatius Chombo has retained his Local Government, Public Works and National Housing ministry whileJoseph Made got another mandate to lead the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation portfolio.
Kembo Mohadi and Sithembiso Nyoni have both retained the Home Affairs and Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operation development ministries respectively, while Walter Mzembi remains at the helm of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry.
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi also retained the Foreign Affairs Minister position.
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