October 10 2017 – FOXY Zimbabwean president Mugabe threw analysts off the rails in his recent cabinet reshuffle by not firing embattled vice president Emmerson Mnangwagwa or putting Jonathan Moyo in Information as widely anticipated in view of the upcoming 2018 elections.
Neither did he appoint his increasingly powerful wife Grace into cabinet either.
Instead Mugabe, moved Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo to replace Patrick Chinamasa in thFinance and Economic Development.
In a statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said Mugabe had made the re-assignment and appointments in terms of section 100(200)(c) and (d) of the Constitution Amendment (No 20).
Mugabe moved Walter Mzembi from tourism and hospitality ministry to foreign affairs.
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was shuttled from the Foreign Affairs to Macro-economic planning and investment promotion, which previously was held by Obert Mpofu, who has been moved to Home Affairs.
Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has been moved from the Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment ministry to Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, where Prisca Mupfumira has been shown the door.
Simon Khaya Moyo was shuttled from the policy co-ordination and promotion of socio-economic ventures ministry to media, information and broadcasting services, where Christopher Mushohwe was moved to minister of state in the President’s Office responsible for national scholarships.
Saviour Kasukuwere’s ministry was expanded from Local Government to include Rural Development and National Housing, while Makhosini Hlongwane’s Sport and Recreation ministry was also expanded to include arts and culture.
Abednico Ncube, who was holding forte in the rural development, preservation and promotion of culture and heritage ministry and doubled as Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister, was also shown the door.
War veterans minister Tshinga Dube was axed from cabinet and replaced by Cain Mathema.
Edgar Mbwembwe, who previously was Foreign Affairs deputy minister, was appointed to the Tourism, Environment and Hospitality portfolio.
Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe was reassigned to be justice, legal and parliamentary affairs minister, taking over from Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Industry and commerce deputy minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa was appointed youth, development, indigenisation and economic employment minister, taking over from Zhuwao. Former Zimbabwe Ambassador to Egypt, Aaron Maboyi-Ncube, was appointed Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister, Ncube.
Media and information deputy minister Thokozile Mathuthu was appointed Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister.
Webster Shamu bounced back as Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister, taking over from Faber Chidarikire, who was booted out as well.
Paul Chimedza, who was sacked as Health and Child Care deputy minister in 2014, has been roped in as Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister, taking over from Shuvai Mahofa, who passed on in August this year.
Untouched, include Supa Mandiwanzira (ICT), Joram Gumbo (Transport), Douglas Mombeshora (lands and esettlement), Nyasha Chikwinya (women affairs), David Parirenyatwa (health), Jonathan Moyo (higher education), Lazarus Dokora (primary and secondary education), Oppah Muchinguri (climate and water), Samuel Undenge (energy), Joseph Made (agriculture), Water Chidhakwa (mines), Kembo Mohadi (state security), Sidney Sekeramayi (defence), Mike Bimha (industry and commerce), Sithembiso Nyoni (SMEs), and Josaya Hungwe (psychomotor).
Incoming deputy ministers were not announced. -ANA