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 honeymoon is over even before it had begun. What a shame. What a missed opportunity.”
Zimbabwe’s new president named his first cabinet on Thursday, appointing two senior military officers to key portfolios and dropping close allies of Robert Mugabe who resigned after the armed forces took control of the country.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed as foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, the army major general who went on state television announcing the military’s take-over, a dramatic power grab which culminated in Mugabe stepping down a week later.
The long-serving airforce commander Perence Shiri also became the Lands and Agriculture minister, according to a statement released late Thursday night.
Mnangagwa however kept a sizeable number of ministers from Mugabe’s former cabinet – including Patrick Chinamasa who returns to the finance ministry from which he had been removed by Mugabe during a cabinet reshuffle in October.
War veteran leaders who spearheaded mass protests to force Mugabe out of office, four days after the military sent tanks to the streets of the capital Harare, were also awarded positions in the cabinet.
No opposition politicians are included.
The new president has vowed sweeping changes in government and new policies to attract investment and revive the ailing economy.
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.
Obert Mpofu was appointed home affair and culture minister, Air Marshall Perrance Shiri (lands, agriculture and rural resettlement), Lazarus Dokora retained in the primary and secondary education ministry, while David Parirenyatwa was also not affected in the health and child care ministry.
Kembo Mohadi was moved from state security to defence, security and war veterans.
Major General Sibusiso Moyo, who made an announcement live on television and radio that the military had taken over on November 15, was appointed foreign affairs minister.
Kazembe Kazembe was appointed sports, arts and recreation minister, Mike Bimha retained the industry and commerce portfolio, only that enterprise development aspect was added to it.
Small and medium enterprises minister Sithembiso Nyoni was moved to women and youth affairs, while professor Amon Murwira, a new face, was appointed higher education, science and technology development minister.
July Moyo, a top Mnangagwa ally in the ruling Zanu PF party, was appointed local government, public works and national housing minister, while Supa Mandiwanzira retained the information communication technology ministry, but with cyber security added to it.
The labour and social welfare ministry went to Professor Clever Nyathi, as Joram Gumbo retained the transport and infrastructural development ministry.
Winston Chitando has the mines and mining development ministry while Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri retained the environment, water and climated portfolio.
Priscah Mupfumira, who was kicked out of government in the last cabinet reshuffle a few weeks ago, bounced back as tourism and hospitality minister, while Simon Khaya Moyo, previously with the information, media and broadcasting services ministry, was moved to energy and power development.
Firebrand Chris Mutsvangwa took over from Khaya Moyo, whereas Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who was appointed acting foreign affairs minister on November 27, the same day Chinamasa had been appointed in acting capacity was appointed minister of state for presidential affairs and monitoring government programmes.
Mnangagwa appointed as provincial affairs ministers Angeline Masuku (Bulawayo), Mirriam Chikukwa (Harare), Martin Dinha (Mashonaland Central), Webster Shamu (Mashonaland West) and David Musabayana (Mashonaland East).
Appointments to the provincial affairs ministries were Cain Mathem (Matabeleland North), Abednico Ncube (Matabeleland South), Josaya Hungwe (Masvingo), Owen Ncube (Midlands), Monica Mutsvangwa, wife of Christopher, (Manicaland) as well as Christopher Mushphwe, who was appointed minister if state for government scholarships in the President’s Office.
On deputy ministers, Mnangagwa appointed Terence Mukupe (finance and economic development), Davis Marapira (lands, agriculture and rural resettlement), Paul Mavhima (primary and secondary education), Victor Matemadanda (war veterans), Pupurayi Togarepi (youth affairs) and Joshua Malinga (social welfare).
Below is a listed summary of the new 22-member cabinet ministers:
- Patrick Chinamasa, as the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning
- Obert Mpofu, as the Minister of Home Affairs and Culture
- Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, as Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement
- Dr Lazarus Dokora, as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education
- Dr David Parirenyatwa, as the Minister of Health and Child Care
- Kembo Mohadi, as the Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans
- Ziyambi Ziyambi, as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
- Major General Sibusiso Moyo, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- Cde Kazembe Kazembe, as Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation
- Dr Mike Bimha, as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development
- July Moyo, as Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
- Sithembiso Nyoni, as Minister of Women and Youth Affairs;
- Professor Amon Murwira, as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development
- Supa Mandiwanzira, as Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security
- Professor Clever Nyathi, as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
- Dr Joram Gumbo, as Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development
- Winston Chitando, as Minister of Mines and Mining Development
- Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, as Minister of Environment, Water and Climate
- Priscah Mupfumira, as Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry
- Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, as Minister of Energy and Power Development
- Chris Mutsvangwa, as Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and
- Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Government Programmes