Mugabe in shock Cabinet reshuffle

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday announced a shock Cabinet reshuffle where he dropped three ministers and reassigned 10 others as he clipped under-fire Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wings by taking away the Justice ministry from his ambit and giving it to Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe.

BY STAFF REPORTER

Those axed from Cabinet include Priscah Mupfumira (Public Service), Tshinga Dube (War Veterans) and Abednico Ncube (Rural Development).

Mugabe on Saturday warned of the reshuffle, saying it was targeted at underperformers, although there was strong belief within Zanu PF circles that he wanted to get rid of Mnangagwa’s allies.

Mupfumira and Dube were widely believed to be sympathetic to Mnangagwa for allegedly capturing key State institutions and plotting to topple Mugabe.

“But we must also look at ourselves and say to ourselves, ‘Well, have we, all of us, co-operated together or are there some amongst us who, although they were given positions, and although they are good members of the party, but have not done well?” Mugabe said.

Mupfumira was replaced by Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao (formerly Youth minister) with Dube giving way to Cain Mathema (formerly Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister), while Ncube had his ministry disbanded altogether with the Rural Development element taken back to Saviour Kasukuwere’s Local Government ministry, while the Arts and Culture component was given to Makhosini Hlongwane’s Sports ministry.

Kasukuwere was, however, stripped of his influence on urban areas which was given to various Provincial Affairs ministers most of whom retained their posts with former Health Deputy minister Paul Chimedza replacing the late Shuvai Mahofa as Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister.

Maboyi Ncube is the new Provincial Affairs minister for Matabeleland South province.

Other major casualties were Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was demoted to the less glamorous Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation; Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who lost the Foreign Affairs portfolio to Walter Mzembi (former Tourism minister); and Christopher Mushohwe (Information), who was reassigned to the Department of National Scholarships in the President’s Office.

Mumbengegwi was reassigned to the Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion ministry, formerly held by Obert Mpofu, who has now taken over from Chombo as Home Affairs minister.


Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo now doubles as government mouthpiece following his reassignment as Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister.

Former Information minister and Zanu PF political commissar Webster Shamu bounced back into the limelight as Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister, replacing Faber Chidarikire, who appears to have lost favour with the President’s wife First Lady Grace. Chidarikire reportedly misfired when he introduced Mnangagwa’s wife Auxilia as acting First Lady at a Zanu PF meeting in Chinhoyi some 24 months ago.

Chiratidzo Mabuwa replaces Zhuwao as Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Employment minister with Edgar Mbwembwe as new Tourism minister.

Other ministers who were unscathed in yesterday’s reshuffle include Jonathan Moyo (Higher Education), Lazarus Dokora (Primary and Secondary Education), Oppah Muchinguri (Climate and Water), Samuel Undenge (Energy), Joseph Made (Agriculture), Walter Chidakwa (Mines), Supa Mandiwanzira (ICT), Joram Gumbo (Transport), Douglas Mombeshora (Lands and Rural Resettlement), Nyasha Chikwinya (Women Affairs), David Parirenyatwa (Health), Kembo Mohadi (State Security), Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence), Michael Bimha (Industry and Commerce), Sithembiso Nyoni (SMEs), and Josaya Hungwe (Psychomotor Activities).

The changes were announced as Chinamasa and Mupfumira were reportedly out of the country on government business.

The reshuffle has been dismissed by the opposition as akin to recycling deadwood, as the Zanu PF government is under pressure to deliver on its electoral promises ahead of next year’s crunch polls.

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51 Comments

  1. Graceland Cabinet, Vella at NSSA hokoyo ambuya waenda

  2. I dont think Baba slept last night infact vakatorohwa chete na Dr mbuya va simba kuti garwe riri kutsageyi ku presidium watch this space

  3. Public service now under zhuwawo. Disaster in bold, underlined capital letters. The man should have been fired as one of the underperforming ministers who caused the current cash problems by his irresponsible reckless statements on the indigenisation of foreign owned financial institutions.

  4. One big loser is happyton who is on his way out like zvinavashe and tungamirai and rex who were made mp’s or governors before being let off altogether. Next is his wife from zimra and they will be gobbled up by history.

  5. Zimbabwe has 14 million people. Why are we recycling clueless imbeciles who are not taking us anywhere?
    On a lighter note the fact that Chombo as given ‘freedom of the till’ is making me laugh incessantly.

    1. You shouldn’t laugh at all, this is a disaster. All ZANU PF activities and campaign budget is now going to be bankrolled by tax payers money. Even the $3,6 million for vehicles for the youths and women’s league is now going to be ‘disbursed’ from the state coffers through Chombo. NSSA will also be a huge cash cow for the ruling elite in ZPF as it is now under Zhuwawo.

  6. Oh no, if Chombo doesn’t buy himself a Boeing 747 fleet within 3 months he’ll certainly buy it within 6. This is the final end of Zim economy as we know it

  7. rugare vanhu vamwari

    The real story is the impending looting of NSSA by Zhuwawo on his own and someone else’s behalf. NSSA is one of the few organizations that handles significant amounts of money. Now that the Indigenisation cash has dried down, the poor pensioners’s little income will be raided in order to finance a parochial agenda. May the Lord have mercy.

  8. Grace relatives perenial under performers ,Bimha and Chidhakwa came out unscathed, and ED was left hanging on one post that of VP and his fierce rival Jonso untouched ,what a cruel world.

    1. I beg to differ slightly on Bimha. As much as we might hate what the president did Bimha is probably one of the most active ministers in the current cabinet and he doesn’t have time to shout at his counterparts. I think lets look at issues with an objective eye. I don’t know much about Chidhakwa all I know is that he has caused confusion at Chiadzwa; other than that mmmmm I don’t know. Then also one thing which is true is that Mugabe is a politician and as such he will do everything to save his political career; I am sure anyone sane person could have done the same if they were in his shoes. No one wants to work with people who don’t share the same vision with them which is why Tekere, Dongo, Dabengwa, Makoni, Mujuru were fired and presently the chop in hanging on ED.

      1. Speak for yourself. Modern management techniques include absorption of divergent ideas. It’s called inclusivity. We have someone who has never had any administrative experience as a sitting (sleeping) president. I’m surprised many Zimbabweans seem comfortable with that. It’s scary, much like being a passenger on a plane being piloted by a graduate with no flying experience. There are no measurable objectives for all these ministers making the reshuffle a waste of time. We are still far away from applying our knowledge in Zimbabwe, for now, degrees etc are merely for display.

  9. Reassignment,recycling,demotion is not reshuffling.

  10. Comment…All ministers are Gushungo’s puppets with Gushungo and Gire being the masters-puppet who determine everything in the country. The reshuffe is non-event

  11. Prisca mupfumira really thought she could last after giving the man a wheelchair disguised as a massage chair hahahahahahaha this has to be a record less than 3 years as a minister but serves her right coz she was all over the place

    1. Her fate was sealed in Manicaland, where it was reported that she literally ejected the provincial minister there, Mandi from VP ED’s limousine. Yes she stands accused of firing ZUNU PF functionaries, disguised as constituency development officers, without seeking approval from the First Secretary of the Party. Yes, Mupfumira is accused of pursuing a fiscal discipline agenda eager to transform NSSA at the detriment of the Party. In short she was too professional, and perhaps too bookish, all cardinal sins in ZANU.

  12. i feel the president has lost the plot populist decisions will not boost our economy however chinamasa’s rejected austerity measures and job cuts were a right step in trying to mitigate a crumbling economy. Now hon chombo im sorry to say is more of a yes man such that from this readers perspective the new financ3 minister is the final nail on the coffin of zims economy ,The cabinet is full of yes man who would rather follow orders and not do the right thing

  13. Comment vana tshinga dube vacho munopihwa nani ? what makes you sure that the new ones won’t go the same way considering the fact that you are as good as done yourself they would want to join the underdog who seems to make sense and has a future regardless of you appointing them?

  14. Tantan Pfumbidzayi

    Ini ziii zvangu sendisingaoni.

  15. Chinamasa – Whatts App Admin!!

  16. Wezhira wezhara

    This has indeed confirmed what I have always said that Mugabe is the head of G40, the master of divide and rule. The most important thing left is to let him go it alone with his wife and their close relatives come election time. If indeed the Cabinet reshuffle was necessitated by underperformance, why was Zhuwao retained as a minister when he could not interpret the Indigenization Policy till his sekuru did it for him. Undenge looted ZESA funds and gave them to Chivhayo who has not done anything in Gwanda but because Dr Bambazonke was the beneficiary through some Dubai lunch, he was not fired. Mupfumira fired some Border Gezi troopers who were later reinstated at a rally in Chinhoyi and that is why she was fired. Chombo is the secretary for Admin in Zanu and haana matyira pakutora mari yenyika kuendesa kumusangano come election time hence appointment to Finance. Muzembi is a nobody in Masvingo and you misfired Mr Bob. Handeyi tione.

  17. Wezhira wezhara

    Tshinga Dube you were a man you refused to be separated from your own comrades and unoziva mutemo. In fact you respect the rule of law. Wadzingirwa Mutsvangwa but this should strengthen our unity as war veterans. Let the struggle not be hijacked by someone who is being influenced by his Marujata. We never fought for a dynasty but for Land, one man one vote, removal of oppressive laws that have been retained by one of our own and also marginalization of the black community. Let us fight on, not with guns but with voices, until victory is certain. Aluta continua

  18. Mnangagwa have been given a warning and spared from being removed for the sake of using him win elections next year then will be put down like exactly happened to Joyce .

  19. Progressive Zimbabwean

    None of the Lacoste team members have been promoted and the G40 team seems to have been rewarded. Zimbabweans are not impressed with the important ministry of finance. Cde Chombo’s past does not impress many. Whilst a person is presumed innocent in instances like these where he has not even been brought before a court of law for corruption it is important that we portray the correct image in as far as honesty and integrity are concerned. This is a national purse and the person holding such an esteemed office must not be tainted in any way. There must be no blemishes because even perceptions turn to be reality where issues around finance and the economy are concerned. Besides, I think the previous minister was better had he been allowed to implement some of the changes he had hoped for such as reducing the civil service. Furthermore, Cde Chombo has not been close to matters around finance and economic development and one wonders what is going to come from between those two ears. The president should have avoided his reasoning to be clouded by factional politics. There is one or two positives. I like the redeployment in the foreign affairs ministry and the coming in of relatively young Chimedza.

  20. Progressive Zimbabwean

    None of the Lacoste team members have been promoted and the G40 team seems to have been rewarded. Zimbabweans are not impressed with the important ministry of finance. Cde Chombo’s past does not impress many. Whilst a person is presumed innocent in instances like these where he has not even been brought before a court of law for corruption it is important that we portray the correct image in as far as honesty and integrity are concerned. This is a national purse and the person holding such an esteemed office must not be tainted in any way. There must be no blemishes because even perceptions turn to be reality where issues around finance and the economy are concerned. Besides, I think the previous minister was better had he been allowed to implement some of the changes he had hoped for such as reducing the civil service. Furthermore, Cde Chombo has not been close to matters around finance and economic development and one wonders what is going to come from between those two ears. The president should have avoided his reasoning to be clouded by factional politics. There are a couple of positives though. I like the redeployment in the foreign affairs ministry and the coming in of relatively young Chimedza. I however do not know whether he has the clout to unite the province.

  21. Its high time that ED shows us where he really stands in light of these developments. The truth of the matter is that he is no longer wanted in this political party. I am not too sure if it is because he comes from a certain region of Zimbabwe. Your continued stay in this party is your continued humiliation and the ultimate humiliation of the region where you come from. Do you still remember a certain song at a certain rally which said “Mazezeru unconquerable”. Ini Chief Gutu zii zvangu semhunhu mukuru.

    1. Gutu ,who should want ED?ZANUPF OR GRACE?We ,the majority in Zanu,9
      provinces will vote for ED over Mugabe.Thats why Grace and President Mugabe nolonger want ED.So must ED just go because 2 persons dont want him ?What about us the majority in Zanupf?The person who should now retire is president mugabe.I promise all in zanu if we dont put a stop to this madness the party will be handed over to Chatunga,mark my words.To Zimbabweans ED OFFERS to us the only solution to end this dynasty.ED has only perhaps 5 years to retire being 75,after that we choose anyone we want ,capable of changing the economy.Its ED OR little chatunga in waiting.Lets put aside our differences and deal with this nonsense.

    2. Comment…Mbwende iyo, haamboti bwe e kana kuti bufu.Mugabe ndi mambo wavo ndikuudze mfana chief Gutu.

      Mbwende adzingisa vanhu vakawanda iye akati pfe e muswe pakati pe makumbo.Haambofa akati nyo o kuna christu wake Mugabe.

  22. Tshinga Dube has finally met the anger of the president like Mutsvangwa& Jabulani.

  23. Comment…Wakamboona kunetsa kunoita kuShuffler maPlaying Cards akabvaruka? Same-same neZim Cabinet reshuffle.

  24. Even if he reshuffle the cabinet 100times our country will never recover.As long as Mugabe is at the helm nothing will ever come right,Zimbabwe will only recover the day the old man goes and we can only pray for that time to come quickly.

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  25. Herald says 3 Ministers including Chidarikire were chopped which this edition says 3 including Abednico

  26. I blv my president z a smart man,,,y keep Ngwena wen u certainly noe tt he z upto no good?Please musiyei aende,,,,If u keep on humiliatin him lyk this 2018 u wont mek t,,,Rather Zimbabweans r nw rallyin behind him.

  27. @ sparta kkkkkkkk, ah ndaseka zvangu ini.

  28. nyatsoteerera unzwe kutonga

  29. Same old thieves just doing the rounds, nothing surprising from the incompetent shithead who forgot to dismiss himself with the contempt deserved of a cowardly criminal!!

  30. Comment…this is not good , Mugabe is pushed by Grace, beside he is selfish , and demi-godish

  31. Comment…father , the most high , I know and believe you are above all this, glory be your mighty name

    1. Son Of The Most High God

      Thank you Father, The Most High God, in Jesus Mighty Name for our great country ZIMBABWE….. You have assigned Watchers to the affairs of this nation. We may not understand this move, but you neither sleep nor slumber. We see your Hand in all this.

  32. Idiots enjoy everything including pain and suffering. Ignorance is bliss, they say!

  33. But politics aside,Jona is the right person at the moment for the Higher, Tertiary, Science and Technology ministry. He has a clear sense of purpose and direction, he is reform minded and knows his terrain well enough(due to his higher education background)and he should be supported adequately by all in material and moral terms.

  34. Ummm. Justice Ministry under Bonyongwe and next year elections… not a coincidence.

  35. Nyatsimba Mutota

    Chombo ku finance zvakafanana nekuti gonzo mudura. Zhang zhong zhuwawo ku public service zvakafanana nekuti kiti chengeta vana vagonzo. Tichafiramo mu zim

  36. Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation,State Security and Defence, are we not losing track of ZIMASSET here as there is duplication of effort meaning wastage of Zimbabwe’s meagre resources.

  37. Son Of The Most High God

    Thank you Father, The Most High God, in Jesus Mighty Name for our great country ZIMBABWE….. You have assigned Watchers to the affairs of this nation. We may not understand this move, but you neither sleep nor slumber. We see your Hand in all this.

  38. Corrupt Chombo now in charge of the Nation’s basket with what he done to all Local Authorities of the tCountry, UUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuu am smelling a dead rate to our future finance Ministry.

  39. This is very very good. Now we can watch how much faster the economy tanks. We should give credit to Grace for doing what the opposition has failed to do in 18 years, destroy Zanu. We knew it had to be done from the inside but never imagined Mugabe would use his own wife to do so. Great job Bob!!

  40. Comment…Zvariwana mudzimu waro bonga kuwana huku dzichirwa.

    Good let them fight and fight,reshuffle and reshuffle each other, the better for the opposition.

    As for Mnangagwa same as Mugabe,infact his hands are as bloody as those of Mugabe.If Mugabe goes and Mnangagwa takes over it will be an extension of Mugabe rule of some sort,nothing to cheer about.

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