Mnangagwa names new cabinet; rewards allies and military Generals

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed a new Cabinet that includes ruling party loyalists as well as figures linked to the military, whose takeover helped oust former leader Robert Mugabe.

No opposition politicians are included in the list, which has been seen as the first test of whether Mnangwgwa, a longtime Mugabe ally, would move out of his shadow.

The 22-member Cabinet announced late Thursday on state-run television includes Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo as foreign minister, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri as agriculture minister and Chris Mutsvangwa, leader of Zimbabwe's war veterans, as information minister.

Moyo on Nov. 15 announced the military takeover that put Mugabe under house arrest and set in motion a national clamor leading to the former president's resignation after 37 years in power.

Mugabe quit Nov. 21 amid impeachment proceedings. The ruling ZANU-PF party replaced him with Mnangagwa, who was fired weeks ago as one of the country's vice presidents.

The list of Cabinet picks makes no mention of vice presidents.

For some Zimbabweans who had hoped that the new leader would make the Cabinet more inclusive, Thursday night's announcement was seen as a disappointment.

Lawyer Alex Magaisa tweeted a photo of Mugabe and his wife, Grace, laughing with the words "When they saw the new Cabinet." Former finance minister Tendai Biti tweeted: "The honey moon is over even before it had begun. What a shame. What a missed opportunity."

In an interview earlier with The Associated Press, main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Mnangagwa has a "very small window" to show that he is different from Mugabe and that he is meeting national expectations of change. Tsvangirai added that there has been "no dialogue" with the new leadership.

NEW TEAM:

Cabinet Ministers

  1. Cde Patrick Chinamasa, as the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning;
  2. Cde Obert Mpofu, as the Minister of Home Affairs and Culture;
  3. Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, as Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement;
  4. Dr Lazarus Dokora, as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education;
  5. Dr David Parirenyatwa, as the Minister of Health and Child Care;
  6. Cde Kembo Mohadi, as the Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans;
  7. Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs;
  8. Major General Sibusiso Moyo, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade;
  9. Cde Kazembe Kazembe, as Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation;
  10. Dr Mike Bimha, as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development;
  11. Cde July Moyo, as Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; 
  12. Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, as Minister of Women and Youth Affairs;
  13. Professor Amon Murwira, as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development;
  14. Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, as Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security;
  15. Professor Clever Nyathi, as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare;
  16. Dr Joram Gumbo, as Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development; 
  17. Cde Winston Chitando, as Minister of Mines and Mining Development;
  18. Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, as Minister of Environment, Water and Climate;
  19. Cde Priscah Mupfumira, as Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry;
  20. Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, as Minister of Energy and Power Development;
  21. Cde Chris Mutsvangwa, as Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services; and
  22. Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Government Programmes.

Ministers of State for the Provinces

  1. Cde Angeline Masuku, as Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan;
  2. Cde Miriam Rutendo Chikukwa, as Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan;
  3. Cde Monica Mutsvangwa, as Minister of State for Manicaland;
  4. Cde Martin Tafara Dinha, as Minister of State for Mashonaland Central;
  5. Cde Webster Shamu, as Minister of State for Mashonaland West;
  6. Cde David Musabayana, as Minister of State for Mashonaland East;
  7. Cde Ndabazekaya Giyilitshe Cain Mathema, as Minister of State for Matabeleland North;
  8. Cde Abednico Ncube, as Minister of State for Matabeleland South;
  9. Cde Josiah Dunira Hungwe, as Minister of State for Masvingo; and
  10. Cde Owen Ncube, as Minister of State for Midlands.
  11. Dr Christopher Mushohwe, as Minister of State for Government Scholarships in the President’s Office.

Deputy Ministers

  1. Cde Terence Mukupe, as Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Development;
  2. Cde Davis Marapira, as Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement;
  3. Professor Paul Mavima, as Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education;
  4. Cde Victor Matemadanda; as Deputy Minister for War Veterans;
  5. Cde Pupurayi Togarepi, as Deputy Minister for Youth Affairs; and
  6. Cde Joshua Malinga, as Deputy Minister for Social Welfare.

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