Cabinet confusion: Mnangagwa reshuffles after one day; education minister fired, no information minister

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Bloomberg
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made changes to his cabinet a day after announcing his executive team, Chief Secretary to Cabinet Mischeck Sibanda said.

“Adjustments have been made to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations of gender, demography and special needs,” Sibanda, said Saturday in a statement to reporters in the capital, Harare.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, who was on Friday named as information minister, will be a special adviser to Mnangagwa. Petronella Kagonye was appointed as minister of labour and social welfare and Paul Mavima will be minister of primary and secondary education. Joshua Malinga was named a special adviser on disability issues in the office of the president.

Former higher education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo mocked Mutsvangwa who had already promised journalist a new media era after the initial cabinet announcement.

Quipped Moyo on Twitter; "He (Mutsvangwa) spoke too soon and too much about an information portfolio he did not have and an error of the new era."

Mnangagwa replaced Robert Mugabe after he resigned last month to end 37 years in power and faces an economy in free-fall, with a 90 percent jobless rate, a severe cash shortage and crumbling public infrastructure.

His cabinet announcements have been dominated by loyalists to the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, dashing hopes of significant change, Tendai Biti, leader of the opposition People’s Democratic Party and a former finance minister, said Friday.

The new cabinet will be sworn in on Dec. 4, Sibanda said.

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