PICS: Axed Zim ministers 'to work full-time at Zanu-PF HQ' as Mnangagwa swears in new cabinet
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly swore-in the southern African country’s new cabinet on Monday, following the disputed July 30 elections.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the 20 new cabinet ministers were sworn-in during a public ceremony attended by their families and senior government officials.
Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, the ministers expressed a renewed sense of hope and their desire to transform the country's battered economy.
Zimbabwe is currently battling an economic crisis that includes cash shortages, mass unemployment and lack of investment.
Mnangagwa, who has vowed fixing the economy is his priority, announced sweeping changes to his cabinet after his election victory.
Mnangagwa made changes in the ministries of defence and home affairs, but left untouched the key posts of foreign affairs and lands, held by retired army chiefs.
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The new defence minister is Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, a former liberation fighter has held various posts, including that of tourism, under ex-president Robert Mugabe’s government.
Former Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry was named as youth, sport, arts and recreation minister, while economist Mthuli Ncube was named as finance, and economic development minister.
In a different report, the Herald said that several ministers who did not make the cut into the new cabinet were deployed to the ruling Zanu-PF headquarters on a full-time basis.
Zanu-PF’s secretary for information and publicity Simon Khaya Moyo was quoted as saying that the decision was taken after the ruling party’s extraordinary politburo session at the party headquarters.
At least 11 departments of the party were now expected to be managed by full-time employees who included ex-ministers.
Meanwhile, the national assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda was expected to retain his post after the ruling party expressed its faith in his services, reported New Zimbabwe.com.
Mudenda was expected to be assisted by the late party national commissar Border Gezi’s widow Tsitsi.
Moyo said the party had deployed some of its former ministers who included Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa, Christopher Mushowe, Paul Mangwana, as well Simbabrashe Mumbengegwi at the ruling party’s headquarters.