CABINET HIT BY RESHUFFLE AX, NGWENA STRIPPED OFF MINISTRY POST | The proverbial ax has fallen and some have felt the chop while some have simply landed in ‘greener pastures’. The business of the day commenced and the cabinet was reshuffled as promised by the president last weekend and he did not waste time making necessary changes.
Noteworthy was Emmerson Mnangagwa, who besides being the vice president was also the minister of Justice, legal and parliamentary affairs. ED will no longer be holding dual posts as his portfolio has been assigned to Happyton Bonyongwe. No surprises there.
Tshinga Dube was stealthily replaced by Cain Mathema in the war vets department, meaning he has been left with no ministerial post as of now. Dube was allegedly bedfellows with Mutsvangwa whose relations with the president have been tense since his suspension from the party, he also is believed to be ED’s ally as well. His fraternizing with the outcasts has seen him shown the door in a professional manner.
Webster Shamu is back, the prodigal politician was once suspended from the party after allegations that he was fraternizing with ousted VP Mujuru, But that is a thing of the past, he is back and has replaced Faber Chidarikire as the Minister of State in Mash West. Chidarikire is believed to be a Mnangagwa ally according to the political rumor mill.
Shuva Mahofa’s death left a vacancy in the Masvingo provincial ministerial post and her successor comes in the form of Paul Chimedza, believd to be a ‘G40’ member.
Patrick Zhuwao will assume the public service, labor and social welfare post from Prisca Mupfumira. Minister Zhuwao is now the man in charge of the country’s civil servants, a mammoth task nonetheless. Not sure is it’s a triumphant crossover given the headaches which come with the post.
By tomorrow morning, some will be waking up in new offices while some will have no jobs to go to, here’s a full list of the reshuffled ministers.
1. Hon. Dr. I.M.C. Chombo, Minister of Finance and Economic Development.
2. Hon. P.A. Chinamasa, Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.
3. Hon. W. Mzembi, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
4. Hon. O.M. Mpofu, Minister of Home Affairs.
5. Hon. S.S. Mumbengegwi, Minister of Macro-economic Planning and Investment Promotion.
6. Hon. P. Zhuwao, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
7. Hon. S. Kasukuwere, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing.
8. Hon. S.K. Moyo, Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.
9. Hon. C.C. Mushohwe, Minister State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Scholarships.
10. Hon. M. Hlongwane, Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
11. Hon E. Mbwembwe, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry, a post previously held by Walter Mzembi who is now in foreign affairs
12. Hon. Major General (rtd) H.M. Bonyongwe, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs who has replaced Emmerson Mnangagwa who held the post as well as being the Vice President, a post he still retains.
13. Hon. C.N.G. Mathema, Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees has replaced Tshinga Dube who has been left without a ministerial post as of now.
14. Hon. C. Mabuwa, Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Employment, replacing Patrick Zhuwao who is now the public service minister.
15. Hon. Amb. Maboyi Ncube, Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province.
16. Hon. T.A. Mathuthu, Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province.
17. Hon. W. Shamu, Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, replacing Faber Chidarikire who is without a post now.
18. Hon. Dr. P. Chimedza, Minister of State for Masvingo Province has resumed the vaccancy left by the late Shuvai Mahofa.
The re-assignments and appointments are with immediate effect.