DeflatED: Mnangagwa Cabinet disappoints

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new Cabinet received an overwhelming thumbs down, with observers saying it was neither inspiring nor capable of changing the country’s fortunes and instead he had chosen to stick with the old guard often credited with ruining the country’s economy.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/SILAS NKALA

Many had expected Mnangagwa to appoint a lean Cabinet, with fresh faces, but he chose to stick mostly with those that had served his predecessor.

“The new Cabinet is not at all inspiring; it is like recycling dead wood, it’s actually a distinction without difference. It is like showing the reverse side of the same coin, it is more of the same,” MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said.

“Essentially, this is like putting old wine in new bottles. There will be no fundamental change in approach, going forward.

“Most of the people in this Cabinet don’t have any new and refreshing ideas to kick-start the comatose economy.”

The party’s deputy president, Nelson Chamisa took to Twitter to express his disappointment with Mnangagwa’s appointments.

“The so-called ‘new Cabinet’ is the new old and old new (sic). The ‘new’ old President has not renewed. Command Cabinet, command politics, command elections, command agriculture and command economics are not indicators of a New Zim and new beginning. Young people take charge (sic)!”

The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) said it was not surprising that Mnangagwa is reading from Mugabe’s handbook.
“It was always clear to NCA that the ascendance of President Emmerson Mnangagwa was just the takeover of government by a faction of Zanu PF that had the support of the army,” party spokesperson, Madock Chivasa said.

The Joice Mujuru-led National People’s Party labelled the Cabinet a military one, saying it did not inspire confidence at all.

“Firstly, this is a GNU (government of national unity) between the army, Zanu PF and a section of the war veterans.
“Put simply, it’s a military Cabinet that is calibrated with failed and recycled dead wood,” party spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro said.

“Zimbabweans should never expect miracles for there is no way the nation can expect to solve our economic challenges using the same kind of thinking that created them.

“Simply put, Zanu PF is a system of failed national leadership to which Mugabe was simply a representative face.
Zimbabweans now need to go for complete dismantling of the system come 2018 harmonised elections.”

Activist, Farai Maguwu described the Cabinet as recycled “corruption legends, who have no honour”.

“The new Cabinet is brazenly militaristic, chauvinistic and misogynist. Far from focusing on economic recovery, the new President is more concerned about surrounding himself with military tanks and gunpowder,” he said.

“That we don’t have a single person under the age of 40 in this Cabinet means the new government is an old people’s home guarded by the military.

“The selection criteria was based on Zanu PF factional positions, as opposed to competency and integrity.”
Mnangagwa’s 22-member Cabinet has sparked debate on whether the new President will avoid falling into his predecessor’s trap of having a bloated Cabinet that drained the overburdened fiscus.

Those that have served under Mugabe and have been reappointed are David Parirenyatwa (Health), Oppah Muchinguri (Environment), Lazarus Dokora (Education), Prisca Mupfumira (Tourism), Patrick Chinamasa (Finance), Kembo Mohadi (Defence, Security and War Veterans), Simbarashe Mumbengegwi (Presidential Affairs), Mike Bimha (Industry) Simon Khaya Moyo (Energy), Sithembiso Nyoni (Women and Youth Affairs), Jorum Gumbo (Transport), Supa Mandiwanzira (ICT) and Obert Mpofu (Home Affairs).

Those with a military background include Air Marshal Perrance Shiri (Lands), Major General Sibusiso Moyo (Foreign Affairs). Coming from the war veterans’ wing are Christopher Mutsvangwa (Information) and Victor Matemadanda (War Veterans deputy minister).

A source claimed Mnangagwa had limited options, as most MPs had no professional skills, let alone five Ordinary levels passes.

The source said the likes of Mpofu were kept to ensure regional balance.

“Opposition leaders also refused with their MPs, as they wanted themselves to be appointed in Cabinet,” the source claimed.
MDC spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi insisted the retention of the likes of Dokora was a joke.

“More worrying though is the fact that the masterminds of the military coup against Mugabe and his G40 have simply replaced their military fatigues with civilian suits and remained in charge,” he said.

“The appointment of soldiers into Cabinet teaches us that Mnangagwa’s administration is indeed a military junta we always feared it would be.
“Thus, from the G40 cabal, straight into a military junta.”

Rejoice Ngwenya, a political analyst, described Mnangagwa’s appointments as a missed penalty in injury time.

Commenting on Twitter, Norton independent legislator, Temba Mliswa, who has been advocating for Mnangagwa’s leadership said: “After the ‘new’ Cabinet, the sensation of hope that had been born from the post-Mugabe era, has just been extinguished. I cannot say too much. It was supposed to be about national interest.”

Alex Magaisa, a prominent legal analyst, said many people expected change to be visible in the make-up of the new Cabinet.
He said people expected new faces and fresh ideas.

“Unless Mnangagwa has a miraculous formula, it will be hard to teach these old dogs new tricks,” he said.

Others expressed outrage at Mnangagwa’s failure to appoint more female ministers.

Only three women out of 22 ministers were appointed.

Chairperson of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, Pamela Mhlanga said Mnangagwa’s appointments fell short of constitutional dictates that call for equal representation. She said key ministries such as Defence, Mining, Finance, Education and Health had been kept exclusively for men.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director, Memory Kadau said: “We maintain that the Zimbabwe reform and reconstruction agenda can only be driven and implemented by competent personnel with strong traits of integrity and accountability.”

Political commentator and Shalom Project Trust director, Anglistone Sibanda said: “He (Mnangagwa) kept the same known looters and mediocre persons, the people feel betrayed and the optimism has been destroyed.

“It has also exposed what we have always said that Zimbabwe is a military state run by a junta that doesn’t care about people.”

A Bulawayo resident, Muziwethu Ngulube said Zimbabweans had been taken for a ride.

“How can the same old looters, who stood with the dictator in denying us freedom and destroying our economy, be awarded half of the ministries?

“This can only translate to one thing, loyalty and factionalism comes first in Zanu PF.

“The new President is just awarding his foot soldiers, who stood with him in Team Lacoste with jobs.

“However, let’s not condemn them yet, let’s wait and see, maybe they have transformed, if not, the election is just around the corner, we will vote them out.”

Ibhetshu likaZulu secretary general, Mbuso Fuzwayo said: “It is unfortunate that the general populace thought the Cabinet will be inclusive, less military, but it is worse than Mugabe’s.

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42 Comments

  1. So the opposition wanted a piece of cake jus coz Mugabe resigned. You people wake up and go win elections. That is all you should do. Instead of whining in this 8 month period prepare for the fucking elections coz ED is preparing fot them. Viva ED.

    1. New boss same as old boss

      @WeShurugwi
      This thing of thinking that our country is a piece of cake is what led Mugabe to stay there eating it for 37yrs! This is why we lost all that national revenue (including 15 bln diamond money) simply bcoz some people thought its their ‘cake’. Opposition parties are ZIMBABWEANS, their supporters are ZIMBABWEANS, what ever happens in this country will affect everyone regardless of party affiliation (with the exception of a tiny well placed few). If I take you to a bank can you point to me opposition people from ZANU people in the que? We all have a duty to participate in any activities which steers our country to a better position. Stop this partisan nonsense and for once, think about your country not as a piece of cake!

  2. The cabinet is disappointing to who???the opposition???well we’re used to that bt cz zanu pf is a holy party let it rule for eternity and u whine for long.If u alone or with a group of pple u are disappointed that doesnt mean the whole of zim is disappointed.Come 2018 and we are going to win the free and fair elections hands down.why?cz our motto is ‘unity.peace and development.’

    1. Which development are gwauting about?

    2. We still have people like this in Zimbabwe. Eish. Tichinebasa basa zvokwadi. I think this g18 is a sycho

  3. fuck you g18 your motto is unity peace and development was there any development brought by these zanu pf thugs for the past 15 years wake up from this dream you are singing for supper zanu is finished we are going to sideline them cme 2018 these niggas are taking advantage by saying they fought for the country so can we suffer for that coz its not a choice to be born after the war if i was born b4 the i shud hve a hand in liberating my country this thing yekut takarwa hondo ngaichipera f*****ck man

  4. As this country is a democratic one evryone has a ryt to vote for the party he wants so dnt persecute me politically just bcz im a zanu pf supporter.Just vote for your mdc and i vote for my zanu pf.Its unfortunate just lyk EU you think free and fair elections are won by the opposition only.

  5. Pamberi ne new cabinet yedu …. pasi nemhanduuu pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu….. Guys do not lose focus….. This is a very good cabinet…. Operation Restore Order is beginning it’s executive,legislative and judicial role against who……mbavha dzose (G40 and all enemies of our economy, the West and her allies)

    1. Are you blind or stupid (or both) to miss at least 5 thieves surrounding your crocodile?

  6. Comment…g18 kkkkkkkk unotorwarawo zvako rega ndchengete mashoko angu. you think lyk a blind donkey……haivakike nyika kana tine madofo akaita semi

  7. This just confirms what has been known all along that ED is a very usless politician in his own right. How can he squander such momentum in popularity that he had gained over the past 2 weeks by appointing such a dead cabinet?

    1. AGREED. THEY COULD NOT HOLD A PISSUP IN A BREWRY

  8. MR PRESIDENT WHEN YOU TOOK OVER YOU HAD 90% OF THE VOTERS .AFTER ANNOUNCING THE CABINET HE IS LEFT WITH 60%.WATCH THIS SPACE

    1. 60% dzipi? 15% at best. they have refused to listen to our complaints and ideas.unless he rigs ,this party cant win against a donkey

  9. What pains me most is to see dhandaheads like Owen Ncube (Mudha) being appointed the Midlands State Minister ask anyone from Midlands the guy is an idiot.

  10. No more support for ED, No 60% CDE Chekai, VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE! MAZIMBA.

  11. l AM NOW CONVINCED WITH WHAT MUGABE’S SON SAID THAT HIS FATHER WAS AN ARCHITECT TO ALL WHAT HAPPENED. ITS JUST A PEEL OF BANANA TURNED OUTSIDE IN. HAPANA CHACHINJA, MNANGAGWA AND MUGABE IS ONE COIN WITH THE SAME VALUE

    1. haiwawo

  12. its too early to be negative..look out for opportunities in this interim government, not to just sit and cry foul. plus register to vote!

  13. Dictates of the constitution…women representation???Some pple are just sick fucks smoking some kind of a new crack.Talking abt women being excluded from key ministries lyk defence???Its not about having a vagina its all about competency about delivering about experience about intelligence and critical and strategic thinking.Its not about having a vagina.period.You want special rights awarded to you so that u expect something out of nothing???Proportional representation killed parliament too we now have women who were never voted into office by the pple bt vagina appointees.
    Mnangagwa’s cabinet must b judged results based nt before they’re even sworn in.

    1. This bunch needs 74 years to perform, the first 37 years they’ve already used up. You must have preschool optimism to expect progress from a team like this.

  14. AFTER SEEING THIS SHIT CABBINET ,MY ONLY HOPE IS TO GO FOR ELLECTION NEXT YEAR ,LET US REMOVE THESE ZANU THUGS .HOW CAN ED PUT THE LIKES OF OBERT MPOFU SINCE WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT HE OWNS HALF OF VICTORIA FALLS .THIS GUY IS CORRUPT HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL TOGETHER WITH CHOMBO .

  15. Dont insult G18. Just put across your facts. In my opinion Mnangaggwa is entitled to make his choices. Zimbabweans have a tendency of wanting to influence choices. Even the top 11 for the National team people always want to influence the coach. Talk of the top 11 for the soccer star of the year, we always want our choices to prevail. Now can you imagine a sane person removing every experienced manager at a company and replace with college leavers. That is absurd. What must change are the policies. Those people if allowed to do their work, surely they can deliver. How many times has Chinamasa clashed with the executive or have his ideas quashed. That is what makes the diffetrence. Bob wanted to be the person doing the job for every line Minister

  16. Bva tadiiyi zviya…bva tagara hedu kuterrace

  17. let’s not forget that it was the military which removed Mugabe,so there is no surprise.They have to be rewarded,simple.

  18. LETS UNDERSTAND ONE ISSUE HERE. ITS A PURELY ZANUPF AFFAIR WHERE THEY DECIDED TO PUT THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER, AS LONG AS THEY HAVE ABIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION NO REAL NEED TO INVITE THE OPPOSITION INTO THEIR GOVERNMENT AT THIS STAGE. PERHAPS THE ISSUE IS THAT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN SOME OTHERS WITH IN ZANUPF WHICH THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED.

  19. it was the military junta which toppled Mugabe,so they had to be rewarded. Guns and tanks can not usher democracy.Zimbabwe gained independence from a Lancaster House peace treaty,Ian Smith was not removed by a gun.He was removed by an election. Guns don’t bring democracy, and in our celebration, on November 18,Zimbos were wrong and shunned all advice from History.the opposition should enter the 2018 election fully knowing that All Army will vote for ZANU,Zec has been captured.

  20. NOW MUGABE, YOU HAVE 4 DAYS BEFORE RAINS ARRIVE, GET PLOUGHING

  21. I beg to differ. Why should we be disappointed before delivery. When the ministers are sworn in, and after a month, let us judge them. Remember the ministers are not the CEOs of the ministries, it is the permanent secretaries, and most of these PSs just need the support of the government minister to perform. Of course some of us did not expect Joram Gumbo to be retained because of his bungling at Air Zimbabwe when Simba was engaged, and what we hear of the deals for the new air line and the Beitbridge Chirundu highway project. We all know that it was Grace who was ruling since 2013, and with he gone, I anticipate drastic changes.

  22. Now Dokora has been removed. That was quick.

  23. Comment…hapana hapana. ngationane pa18 apo.munhu wese voter

  24. Comment…2018 pacharohwa vanhu nemasoja vakupihwa maministry ava… mmmm pakaipa but hatiregere kuvhotera MDC unototi utiuraye pamberi naMDC pamberi neZIM pasi necorruption bad policies authoritain rule pasi nazvo ….ndatenda

  25. Um very happy Mandevu has been removed lets hope he takes along his gabbage with him turning schools into prisons with stupid oveload of work for our children. Stupid tasks stupid projects wasting time of meaningful learning. To the new minister please consult people on the ground and lets make informed decisions together no one will ever resist meaningful change.

  26. Lets give the new cabinet time. Those who are lazy, will be fired. Lets not be pessimistic.

  27. Lets give the new cabinet time. Those who are lazy and incompetent, will be fired. Lets not be pessimistic.

  28. So when people were celebrating the fall of Mugabe some stupid thinkers thought all these people were supporting Mnangagwa kkkkkk idiots NO SANE PERSON CAN WASTE HIS VOTE VOTING FOR ZANU AND MNANGAGWA what for ? The guy is just a political gate crusher who is very cruel and is no way near Presidential material .Hoza 2018 sifuna uhulumende wethu haayi owamasocha

  29. 2018 will be very difficulty for zanu la coste bcoz zanu G40 will naturally not vote for zanu la coste even Mugabe will for the first time vote for opposition kkkk yaaa haaaaa

  30. Though no perfect I think mnangagwas cabinet is the best possible.For all his loud mouthedness mutsvanga is actually a hard worker who can bring about the media reform you media guys crave for.Chinamasa tried to reform acording tp IMF guidelines but was shot down by uncle bob.he said no bonuses and you all know what happened.he tried to act on ghost youth workers and you know what chipanga did at chinhoi interface.ngwena is inteligent the best way to take away chiwengas influence is to give him the vp post in america top military people get top jobs.im in my thirties but cant see many pple in this age bracket fit enough to be home affairs minister or finance minister .Dokora to was the only mistake in this group. But ED is taking and has acted quickly to remove him however I have no problem with dokoras curiculum even though it seems plagiarised from eu nations.You see the point is my child should not write the same exam my fatther his grandpa wrote in 1980 so for sure the curiculums change is long overdue .the change is long overdue its hapening worldover so dpnt expect new minister to dump curiculum.matemadanda desrves the post he refused to bow down to lick grace s singaporean diamomd lacexd gucci shoes despite multiple detentions .what criteria did u think ED would use .You expect him to give some smartly dressed UZ graduates ministerial posts so they rob the country chipanga way setting up provincial councils with provincial mayors and hordes of staff is more e xpensive than simply apointing provincial ministers or governors those who point to te constitutiom on this one should remember that the coup that we alk celrbrated was not constitution but a necesary evil.so it is nfor trevor ncube..mugabe is gone so better engage financial experts on how to reform your paper simply adapting another mnangagwa must go mantra will kill your business.negative headlines dont sell in times of such high hope.I am not paying for this edition move with the times this is not a headline worthy a paper of this standing wake up trevor move with the time

  31. We have never heard of Americans military doing a coup then get into govt they do not do that . MNANGAGWA IS JUST EXPOSED AND GUESS WHO IS ENJOYING MOST BOB OF COURSE. HE SAID IT EARLY THIS YEAR THAT THIS GUY WAS TOTALLY FOOLISH .But anyway a few la coste is trying to hood wink us into believing mediocre is good but we were not born yesterday we can tell nonsense at first sight .

  32. I don’t know where and how people thought that the emergency of EDM would make any difference yet he was in bed with RGM all along till 06/11/2017. Change was merely of guards and not a fundamental one. ED’s selection of cabinet vindicates me. “…Zimbabweans now need to go for complete dismantling of the system come 2018 harmonised elections.” How can this happen? I’ve said many times on this platform that the much anticipated revolution of Zimbabwe through next years election will not materialise because ED and Chiwenga are good at the ‘game’

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