‘Mnangagwa Cabinet oldest in Zim history’

Finance deputy minister Terence Mukupe has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa is finding it hard to appoint a youthful Cabinet, as most young people shy away from politics, leaving him with no option, but to appoint old people as ministers.


Addressing students at Nyadire Teachers’ College in Mutoko on Tuesday, Mukupe said when Mnangagwa took over power in November 2017, he had a torrid time in getting a Cabinet of educated youth, as most of them were not in Parliament, forcing him to resort to the old and tired politicians.

“Who knows when we last had a young Cabinet?” he asked, with a student responding, saying “1980”, and Mukupe concurred.

“This is because there are no young educated people in Parliament, who can be appointed as ministers.

“You have to be in the corridors of power for you to be appointed. The current Cabinet is the oldest in the history of Zimbabwe and we have to correct going forward,” he said.

The junior minister has been moving around tertiary institutions addressing students −mostly members of the Zanu PF- aligned student union − Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union (Zicosu).

On Tuesday, he was accompanied by Zanu PF secretary for youth affairs, Pupurai Togarepi.

Mukupe said Mnangagwa was geared to win the 2018 elections, but the absence of the youth in politics was worrisome, as this would force the President to choose ministers from a pool of “old tired politicians”.

Togarepi said because young people were reluctant to participate in elections, “uneducated old people would make decisions on their behalf”.

“Because you don’t want to join politics, old people, who have no knowledge of how to solve the current challenges will take key position in government and lead us astray.

“As youth, who are educated, you should strive to be part of the ruling class because you have the knowledge on how to solve the problems we are faced with. When you complain about the calibre of people, who would have been appointed ministers, yet you did not participate in the election process, what do you want the President to do?” he said.

The Zanu PF youth league boss took aim at the opposition for demanding electoral reforms two months before the general elections, saying they failed to do so when they were in the Government of National Unity.

“(The late MDC-T leader) Morgan Tsvangirai had executive powers just like former President (Robert Mugabe), but he failed to push for reforms. Now, because they have realised that Zanu PF is winning, they want to make noise, people must go and campaign for voters and stop this noise-making business,” Togarepi claimed.


  1. How can you appoint youth when you are appointing a 55 year old grandfather Pupurai Togarepi to lead the youth. In think ZANU PF party has discovered that youth in ZANU PF are useless. ZANU PF is a party of people who cannot think on their own.

  2. There are no young politicians in Zanu PF but not the other parties.
    It’s because the foundation and future of Zanu PF are entwined in the past “liberation” struggle. Take away that there is no party worth talking about. This is also why urban areas are being turned into rural areas, reverse logic!!

  3. Nonsense the 5 post available for technocrats none of them were youths let alone technocrats

  4. pure nonsense makhpe otherwise if you had said most young politicians are with nelson maybe you could have had sympathisers with your allegation i think its about time you get fired because your penchant for raising unnecessary dust has reached alarming levels

  5. How do you expect youth to join Zanu of leadership when their own youth league is led by a forty five year-old person. This party was labelled a liberation party . Untill all the old tired guards are dead then maybe

  6. Richmond Mbada

    dza mukuphe dzinonyatsodhonza here chaizvo


  8. All the young and educated politicians in ZanuPF were with the G40 and you failed to read the objective of that faction, which for your selfish, foolish and unpatriotic reasons, you falsely labelled criminals around the president. Now weather you like it or not, the reality is, you are going to be ruled by mostly MDC G40 post July 31.


  10. Terrence Mukhupe is one guy who is a dangerous liability to have in your party, it’s difficult to tell whether his statements are positive or negative to the party he is supposed to represent

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  14. It would be advisable for Pupurai TOGAREPI to avoid sharing a stage with Terrence Mukupe as people will find it difficult to tell the difference. That guy is a disaster I tell you

  15. there are several reasons to this, first and foremost its not that there are no youths but who can want to join a movement that talks of war credentials everyday 37years after the war
    – the inclusion of these old horses is deliberate to protect these thieves from prosecution as most of them are stealing daily
    – Mnangagwa owes his ascendance to them hence the repayment by position in government
    – if he appoints young thinking people it would expose his thinking or lack of it as they(Zanu) thrives on the past ( we fought for the land) as youths would ask so what its been 37years move forward

  16. How can youth join Zanu PF when they are not war veterans? Thought Zanu was for war veterans, everyone else has no place in it.

  17. Very interesting comments from Mukupe regarding the folly of expecting ‘old people’ eg Mnangagwa to have solutions that will address the aspirations of young people eg Mukupe.
    I think Mukupe has finally agreed that Chamisa is a better option than the croc!!!

  18. Ndini Ndadaro

    why do you guys refer to mukupe as junior minister? get your titles right imi Newsday remember there is a junior parliament and a junior cabinet as well so when you now refer to deputy minister mukupe as junior minister what are you trying to say?

    1. Junior becoz he is Deputy Minister

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