Mugabe names new Cabinet


President Robert Mugabe has named his new Cabinet. He has reduced the number of positions from 33 to 26 but kept a number of old faces in place.

Local media are least impressed by the appointment of Jonathan Moyo as Minister of Information; it was he who introduced the much despised Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) in 2002. The Zimbabwean reports one analyst as commenting on the appointment of Patrick Chinamasa as Finance Minister as “No worries. The thud you heard was only the Zim Stock Exchange smacking the ground after Chinamasa was named new Finance Minister.”

The full list of appointments made to the new Cabinet as published on the Zimbabwe Independent website is as follows:

Simon Khaya Moyo; Senior Minister of State
Flora Bhuka; Minister of State in the President’s office
Andrew Langa; Minister of Sports and Culture
Oppah Muchinguri; Minister of Gender
Patrick Chinamasa; Minister of Finance
David Parirenyatwa; Minister of Health
Jonathan Moyo; Minister of Information
Walter Mzembi; Minister of Tourism
Kembo Mohadi; Minister of Home Affairs
Webster Shamu; Minister of ICT and Postal and Courier Services
Emmerson Mnangagwa; Minister of Justice
Olivia Muchena; Minister of Higher Education
Lazarus Dokora; Minister of Primary and Secondary Education
Sydney Sekeramayi; Minister of Defence
Douglas Mombeshora; Minister of Lands
Didymus Mutasa; Minister of Presidential Affairs
Ignatius Chombo; Minister of Local government
Obert Mpofu; Minister of Transport
Dzikamai Mavhaire; Minister of Energy
Mike Bimha; Minister of Industry
Nicholas Goche; Minister of Labour
Sylvester Nguni; Minister of State in the Vice President’s office
Supa Mandiwanzira; Deputy Minister of Information
Tendai Savanhu; Deputy Minister of Lands
Kudakwashe Bhasikiti; Minister of State for Masvingo Province
Simbaneuta Mudarikwa; Minister of State for Mashonaland East
David Murapira and Paddington Zhanda; Deputy Ministers of Agriculture
Munacho Mutezo; Deputy Minister of Energy.

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