ZIMBABWEANS REACT TO MNANGAGWA’S NEW CABINET
A cross section of people has described the composition of new cabinet as a mixed bag of professionals who have the experience and expertise to turn around the country’s economy if given the right support.
The fusion of the old guard, war veterans, the military personnel, technocrats and the young blood in the new cabinet have been described by many as the best formula the new President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has identified as his trusted lieutenant who should be a chance to showcase their ability to deliver.
By bringing back the old guard, the President should be given thumps up as this will promote continuity like in the case of national projects like the Beitbridge-Chirundu highway where he retained Dr Joram Gumbo in the transport portfolio to finish what he started.
A long-time ally of the new President, Cde Solomon Marembo called for the nation to be patient and give President Mnangagwa a chance to deliver.
However, a cross section of Masvingo people which include, experts in different sectors have expressed mixed feelings on the new cabinet list.
Professor Munashe Shoko, who specialises in agriculture and is based at the Great Zimbabwe University , believes that globally, certain ministries are key in driving the economy of any country, those being mining, agriculture, tourism and industry.
In this regard, Professor Shoko said the coming on board of technocrats like Mr Winston Chitando to head such crucial ministries is essential in turning around the economy.
A philosopher from the GZU, Mr Joel Mukusha also believes that the coming on board of technocrats is critical.
Mr Mukusha said it is also important for the nation to realise that the ministers do not work in isolation but work hand in hand with key departments under their supervision.
The general view among the people of Masvingo was the ministers have a short space of time to impress, hence they should hit the ground running.
People in Matabeleland North Province have commended President Mnangagwa`s selection of a new cabinet which was announced Thursday (yesterday) night.
The majority of the people in the province who spoke to ZBC News felt it was necessary to appoint experienced and seasoned officers who will not need to spend time adapting to government systems, since the country is preparing for elections.
The appointment of the new cabinet follows the dissolution of the one which had been put in place by former president Robert Mugabe who resigned earlier this month.
However, a cross section of Bindura residents have expressed mixed feelings towards the newly announced cabinet saying the inclusion of technocrats is a positive development.
The newly announced 22 cabinet ministers and six deputy ministers has triggered mixed feelings across Bindura.
Some said the inclusion of technocrats brings positives in relation to the economic reform agenda being pushed by President Mnangagwa.
Others said they were expecting new blood to take Zimbabwe’s economy forward.
In Chipinge, the residents have welcomed the announcement of the new cabinet as a positive development and expressed hope that will stabilise and set a solid foundation for the growth the economy.
The new cabinet has raised the expectations of the people who are saying the appointment of new faces to work together with those who were ministers before brings hope for a better future while the merging of other ministries and downsizing of cabinet has been viewed as an important step in reducing unnecessary expenditure.
Chipinge residents however challenged the new ministers to take a cue from President Mnangagwa and hit the ground running.
Expectations are high that the new government will address bread and better issues among other challenges facing the economy.
Local authorities in Mashonaland East have hailed the new cabinet which they say brings confidence in the government system.
UMP Rural District Council (RDC) chairman Zvikomborero Manguwo said the leaner cabinet will reduce expenditure with more funds now being channelled towards service delivery.
His sentiments were echoed by his Mrewa RDC counterpart Shepherd Femai who said the new cabinet brings confidence in the economy.
Marondera RDC chairman Patrick Chidhakwa feels the new cabinet is what is needed to steer the economy forward.
The new cabinet announced by President Mnangagwa has 21 ministries and 6 deputies.
Meanwhile, in Gwanda, most academics welcomed the new cabinet saying it gives hope for the country’s economic turnaround agenda as it blends experience and fresh blood.
“Give the new cabinet a chance”, was the general sentiment among academics who believe that the newly appointed ministers will perform their roles with distinction given the high expectations that Zimbabweans have from the new establishment.
The academics also commended President Mnangagwa for coming up with a leaner cabinet which they say will cut the expenditure.