Mnangagwa strikes gold in Kirsty

Zimbabwe’s most decorated sports person, Kirsty Coventry, was yesterday appointed Sport minister, in a move that won President Emmerson Mnangagwa several accolades across the political divide as well as the sports communities.

BY Kevin Mapasure

Sports minister Kirsty Coventry

Coventry, who won seven Olympic medals at Athens 2004 as well as Beijing 2008, was the biggest surprise in Mnangagwa’s Cabinet announced in Harare yesterday.

She is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in early 2018, she was elected the chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the body that represents all Olympic athletes worldwide.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three medals: a gold, a silver and a bronze, while at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she won four medals: a gold and three silvers.

The swimming legend takes over from Kazembe Kazembe, who was reassigned to the Information Technology ministry.

Former Sports minister David Coltart hailed the move.

“Brief comment on new Zim Cabinet — good that is only 20, no (Obert) Mpofu or (Patrick) Chinamasa, good Finance and Sports ministers in (Mthuli) Ncube and Kirsty Coventry. So overall an improvement on the last one. I am always happy to give credit where it is due,” he commented on his Twitter handle.

National cricket team batsman Sikandar Raza was also pleased with Coventry’s appointment.

“What great news for the whole country that Coventry is the new Sports minister. A legend who represented Zimbabwe everywhere, flew the flag high and won so many medals for the country. She knows exactly what needs to be done to turn the whole thing around,” Raza wrote on social media.

Car racing driver Axel Jefferies observed that the Sports ministry had been given a deserving and qualified leader.


“Congratulations Kirsty Coventry on being appointed new Sports minister in Zimbabwe. Finally, an experienced and qualified athlete with the credentials for the position,” he said.

29 Comments

  1. New President with brains

  2. signals where the country is headed for,thumbs up Mr President.

  3. Kirsty Coventry deserves her new ministerial post. I am happy for that tank you ED

  4. What an improvement, well tried ED in building confidence in people

  5. Munyoro wekwaZvimba

    For a start i think this is a good cabinet compared to the previous years. Joram Gumbo should have joined his colleagues on the sidelines.He is a black sheep in this cabinet because of his tainted history in his previous portfolio.His failure to address issues at Air Zim and his invovement in shaddy deals with the former first family leaves a lot to be desired.This cabinet if given full support and all forms of manipulation is avoided i believe it can perform.Lastly i believe a new chief at RBZ is needed Mangundya has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that he is incapable.

  6. we give credit where it is due. Thumbs up ED, for identiying skill and not persona.

  7. The new cabinet looks good and promising but a lot depends on how the president allows his ministers to perform free of manipulation and politicking. We will also want to see how poor performing ministers will be dealt with but it is good that the old school has been done away with.

  8. I m inspired with what my vote is producing. ED Pfeeee. naShumba tinosvika kure!!!!!. Vaporofita venhema voose shall eat their humble pie. they shall take their spiritual stock movement. is it from God or other sources! If its from God then its bound to happen but if its wisdom…. or lack thereof…… amheno ikoko. Isuu pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    1. muchasvika kure nenhamo

  9. hama dzangu hapana chachinja.patakasiiwa namugabe tato worse.mabasa hakuna,chikafu hakuna,maroads akaparara,national football team ikusponsor nemunhu rather kuti nyika iiite basa,typhooned necholera pfee,maprice akakwira.no rule of law,human abuse rights still on,woti conventry appointment isolution.kurapa hiv nemushonga weflu.kusvikira tagadzirisa mudzi extended dambudziko u have put new faces to the same problem shame on you!

    1. stupidity at its lowest point.

    2. You are so pessimistic. Are you okay upstairs?
      You need to check in at Pari Annex ward.

  10. A white vice president is also needed. In local authorities, we need white mayors, white financial directors, engineers etc. The local authorities are not up to standards becoz of black directors.
    Zanu politicians are meddling too much into councils affairs. Its high time they should leave councils to do their own affairs alone.

  11. A well timed APPOINTMENT mr President

  12. Some people can never be pleased even if ED has Jesus as a minister others will call Jesus ‘dead-wood'(pun intended)…Dzidzai kuita give credit where credit is due not just hope for failure when that failure makes you suffer and not ED or Chiwenga….Great great cabinet

  13. Well done Mr. President. Was initially worried over your promises, but it seems you are all geared to deliver.

  14. Well done Mr. President. Was initially worried over your promises, but it seems you are all geared to deliver.

  15. Hapana chiripo apa Zanu tinoiziva ma ministries ndeye masoja kungoyisa vamwe ava just to legitimatize otherwise hapana zviripo apa intereference kuma ministries kuZanu haipere kusvika vana Coventry nevana Ncube vacho vaita frustrated to the point yekuti if u cant beat them pa corruption apa join them.

  16. Well done President E.D especially on appointing our greatest athlete of all time Kirsty Coventry as Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation! I also believe Professor Mthuli Ncube will inspire confidence in the economy. However, your Excellency, you have to closely monitor Dr Obadiah Moyo for he has seriously run down Chitungwiza General Hospital. I also believe that to avoid obvious conflict of interest he should step down as CEO of the hospital and that he should not be involved with the recruitment of his predecessor.

  17. tendai chaminuka

    Ok the Ministry is YOUTH Sport,Art & Recreation meaning to say she will also be responsible for the National Youth Service.Excellent,Minister of Green Bombers

  18. Thank you sir for the cabinet, thank you for the ministers. Surely you and this team will take this great nation to greater heights. People of Zimbabwe, lets support these people.

  19. now that the appointments are over,the difficult part begins,from sports to finance,education to health the nation is in a bad state,congrats to all appointees and since you now carry the hopes of a nation give it your best swim.go cabinet go.

  20. If ED fails to make institutional reforms,fails to seperate gvt business from Zanu pf and fails to allow independence of our courts and other key state institutions then Zimbabwe will be doomed.I thought ED would allow sports to be run as a standalone ministry.make one Education ministry,disband ministry of Local gvt,merge ICT and information and broadcasting services,abolish the positions of deputy ministers and permanent secretaries,abolish the positions of provincial ministers and allow the newly elected provincial council to professionally run provincial affairs.This would allow for the reduction of gvt expenditure well before Mthuli Ncube begins work.As a standalone ministry,sports ministry would have been easy to run as Kirsty would focus her energy on rebranding our sports and attract meaningful sponsorship.Im worried that Mnangagwa has brought back tired minds like Sithembiso Nyoni,Jorum Gumbo etc the list is endless,i rest my case.

  21. not bad wt u are saying, mind u most whites are nt patriotic as to be Zimbos as What Kirsty was, or as what South African Whites are, most minority racss in Zim see ere future well in SA not Zim,
    mind u ere are only abt 50000 whites out of 16 million, elevation shld out of participation competency or color, u cant be a VP jus bcz u wyt, u shld be bcz u are a Zim patriot, ready to defend your country values, be it Land reform like whats AnC wyts are doin n SA. Zanu is meddling bt dont u think its gud 4 ose checks n balances, Hw we wish Mdc is lyk SA DA, vry efficient,

    1. What language are you writing??Are you even making any sense in what you are saying??

  22. Sorry, i miread the President’s new policy of re-engagement. I thought such a progressive policy would guide both our foreign and domestic policies. While efforts to re-position our nation within the international community is plausible, political inclusivity at home should compliment such efforts. We should do away with the politics of patronage; a characteristic of the old regime.

  23. Sorry, i miread the President’s new policy of re-engagement. I thought such a progressive policy would guide both our foreign and domestic policies. While efforts to re-position our nation within the international community is plausible, political inclusivity at home should compliment such efforts. We should do away with the politics of patronage; a characteristic of the old regime.

  24. lets wait n c gyz mwana wembwa imbwawo Zanu izanu gyz

  25. I am not a fan of ED but i find myself between a rock and a hard place on this one… This was however not what i was expecting but overally sounds promising….

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