Mugabe's poll win: We reveal our fantasy cabinet

HARARE - Two weeks after the conclusion of the disputed harmonised elections, Zimbabweans, particularly business, eagerly await the direction the country will take.

This week, I decided to draw my fantasy cabinet to try and understand the mammoth task that faces President Robert Mugabe in trying to take the country forward.

Mugabe’s inauguration speech will certainly signpost the future.

He will assume office once the Constitutional Court rules in his favour on the challenge by MDC leader,
Morgan Tsvangirai, who accuses the veteran Zanu PF leader of rigging in the July 31 poll.

I have made the unusual step of trying to be in Mugabe’s position, which by all accounts, is very difficult, as he prepares to plot Zimbabwe’s future for the next five years.

A transformative Cabinet is what Mugabe needs to send strong signals that a Zanu PF government is ready to pluck the economy out of misery.

Mugabe knows that a Zanu PF government will be under severe pressure to deliver.

The inclusive government camouflaged some of the weaknesses that are surely set to be under scrutiny now that Zanu PF is on its own.

There is no bigger problem than putting the economy on track.

This requires people with the right skills and attitude.

Mugabe and his colleagues are aware of this task.

Given his history of rewarding loyalists, it will be really a game-changer if the octogenarian president dumps them.

But based on their performance in the elections, it appears most of Mugabe loyalists will be retained.

And they can argue that they performed reasonably well in the inclusive government.

There might not be greater skills amongst his lot but judging by previous blunders, Mugabe’s cabinets failed to deliver not because of shorn skills but lack of political will to implement policies.

This has been a source of public irritation that was proved by a wider chasm between the government and citizens.

There is a lot of scepticism and few believe Mugabe and his colleagues have what it takes to deliver.

I argue that there is no better time for Mugabe and Zanu PF than this hour, to prove to everyone that they have the economy and people of Zimbabwe at heart.

But a lot will depend on the cabinet which must be anchored on transformation.

The majority of the old faces will likely return.

In the inclusive government we had a bloated cabinet with 31 ministries and 32 ministers.

Home Affairs had two ministers.

I think Mugabe will trim his cabinet to 26 ministries.

Those ministries likely to go are Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Constitutional Affairs, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, State Enterprise and Parastatals and ministers of State.

So how will Mugabe roll out his dice?

Politically, he has to maintain the tribal balance in his party and reward those who have worked hard to bid for a place in his cabinet.

He must dump those who have benefited from his benevolence. These are the so called ministers of state in so-and-so’s office.

Benevolence cannot take Zimbabwe forward!

There are two key areas that investors and the local business community will be keen on.

Indigenisation and Finance will show the direction Zimbabwe will take in the next five years.

A lot is at stake.

The hawkish and combative approach that characterised empowerment left many investors jittery.

There are so many question marks that are hanging on this good piece of legislation which needs careful implementation.

The one-size-fits-all has not worked and will not work!

By his own admission, Mugabe, during his televised birthday interview, said Savior Kasukuwere had made mistakes in the implementation of the Act.

Kasukuwere himself told Mugabe in Masvingo that while he had made mistakes his critics were focusing on the mistakes instead of looking at the benefits of the law.

This is why business and the international community need to be allayed by an appointment that draws confidence.

I think there will be a new appointment in this ministry and Sylvester Nguni would be a good choice.

Nguni, an executive who transformed Cottco and made it a profitable company before joining active politics, is respected in business circles.

At Finance, Tendai Biti did a magnificent job under very difficult conditions.

We saw serious signs of recovery by this economy which had been near a comatose state before his appointment.

A workalcoholic who sacrificed his social life for the love of his country, Biti rode roughshod over bullies in Zanu PF to keep things going.

His “we eat what we gather” policy, though not popular was the best antidote for a country whose government was known for profligacy.

A cash budget system culled and tamed hardliners.

Financial reforms he instituted and re-engagements with the Bretton Woods institutions need to be taken forward.

The IMF and the World Bank are key in helping us embrace models that can help our economy as well lending financial support to our programmes.

And critically, the new Finance minister must be firm and tough to ensure that Treasury gets money from revenue sources including diamond firms mining in Zimbabwe.

We need that money. Whoever Mugabe appoints must be respected as well the decisions that are made in this critical ministry.

Emmerson Mnangagwa fits the bill.

The Zanu PF strongman is strict, a stickler for discipline, firm, tough and smart.

He has delivered in his previous posts.

While there are many within Zanu PF who conveniently associate him with bad things, there is a general and consistent line that Mnangagwa is a goal-getter.

Mugabe and Zanu PF know his industry and determination.

It is time that Mnangagwa comes out of the shadows of security ministries and interact with the public.
The young turks who won in their constituencies have a chance to get into government.

Temba Mliswa leads a fine crop of politicians with proven records in sport.

For this reason, Mugabe is likely to create a sports ministry to try and revamp the poor structures in our sport.

Raymond Kazembe and Tapuwa Matangaidze could also be considered.

Mliswa’s advantage is that he had dalliances with different sports including, football, rugby and cricket.

Supa Mandiwanzira’s meteoric rise is likely to continue with an appointment to cabinet.

The young broadcaster would be an ideal minister for the Information Communication Technology (ICT) post.
I don’t expect changes in local Government, Urban and Rural Development where incumbent Ignatious Chombo has really made his weight count.

Any newcomer will find it hard to emulate Chombo.

Webster Shamu, the party’s political commissar, is set to remain as Information Minister.

Sydney Sekeramayi will likely remain State Security minister, Patrick Chinamasa (Justice and Legal Affairs), and Kembo Mohadi (Home Affairs).

Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment                            Sylvester Nguni

Public Service                                                                 Sithembiso Nyoni

Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development       Oppah Muchinguri

Defence                                                                           Mike Nyambuya

Science and Technology Development                                Arthur Mutambara

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education                            Olivia Muchena

Industry and Commerce                                               From Business Community

Home Affairs                                                                       Kembo Mohadi

Finance                                                                      Emmerson Mnangagwa

Health and Child Welfare                                                   Paul Chimedza

Local Government and Urban Development                   Ignatius  Chombo

Justice and Legal Affairs                                             Patrick  Chinamasa

Lands and Agriculture                                                   Herbert Murerwa

Education, Arts and Culture                                          Samuel Undenge

Environment and Tourism                                               Obert Mpofu

Information and Communication Technology            Supa Mandiwanzira

Public Works                                                                  Joel Biggie Matiza

Labour and Social Welfare                                               Francis Nhema

Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development Saviour Kasukuwere

Mines and Mining Development                                        Amos Midzi

Energy and Power Development                                       Newcomer

Foreign Affairs                                                                Nicholas Goche

Media, Information and Publicity                                      Webster Kotiwa Shamu

Water Resources and Development                                 Walter Mzembi

Sport                                                                            Temba Mliswa

State Security                                                               Sydney Sekeramayi

 

 

Comments (37)

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lola - 15 August 2013

This cabinet has disaster written all over it. What Zim needs right now is fresh thinking and president Mugabe should be encouraged to look more at the young turks. Seriously do you think that the likes of Shamu, Sekeremayi, Amos Midzi, Francis nhema et all would bring any new thinking to move Zimbabwe forward? Not so

connie - 15 August 2013

What is empty skull Kasukuwere doing in that cabinet. if that is the cabinet then it is full of dead wood.

Chiwadza investor - 15 August 2013

whoever came up with that list does not understand how critical our economy is. you need to think again.

nhasi Arifero - 15 August 2013

This cabinet like all the others before. It wont perform. It will be another disaster. The solution is not in the people; it is in the approach. There is no correlation at all between being elected an MP and being able to succeed as a minister. Please Zimbabweans, give us a break! The likes of professor Mutambara, with all due respect, he has not shown any potential for ministerial job, look at his record as a DPM. He was talking Brand Zimbabwe! He was talking about Execution, Execution Execution but what execution did he champion? Vision work on Zimbabwe-no one knows how it ended. He is a gifted scholar there is not doubt but its another thing being great with scholarly scientific things and leading effectively at government level. Please use the professor where he will excel and its right in robotics and engineering stuff. Period. We are missing the critical element-its not necessarily who we put there! Of course with due respect, the likes of Engineer Mzembi and Biti I can agree, but they also need help to up their game. Sylvester Nguni, no comment except that he may bring a professional approach that will bring a difference if his professionalism is not soiled by the dark spots of politics. Francis Nhema I suggest he keeps his ministry of environment if he still likes it because I believe he has done well in that area.

CDE Sinjonjo Tichatongachete - 15 August 2013

Unenge unoziva iwe,,here are my changes pane zvawanyora: 1.ICT minister - Chamisa(kana machinja abvuma kut takaadya),Supa will be deputy. 2.Finance ministry- Biti Minister(same as above) 3.Energy and power development- Mudzuri(same as above) 4.Mines- Obert dumbuguru my obedeient son. 5.Defence- Ngwena Mnangagwa 6.Tourisim- Muzembi 7.Health- Parirenyatwa Minister,Chimedza will be deputy. 8.Indigenisation- Savanhu

tsvangmugabe - 15 August 2013

zvese izvi hazvishandi kana musina ku addresser and to appologize on rigging murikupedza nguwa yenyu hapana chamunobura there will be never a progress you will rule a divided nation and the out come will be 15%. Even if you put Gono everywhere he will not be everywhere things will never move.I do no see anything to be proud of only poverty and unemployment Magraduates achingotengesa air time hapana zvinofadza apa.If you want to build a good nation everyone must paticipate kana zvirizvo zvakafira vanhu kunyadzonya,chimoyo I say sham on you devils

dofo - 15 August 2013

tibvirei apa Nguni vakadzi anenge asiya kupi. overarated .who benefitted from Cottco privatisation except him. mutengwa too much ma journalist

mozzy - 15 August 2013

Ko Chinos? Recreation

sparky - 15 August 2013

What about Chinotimba? Will he be given a ministry? The man cannot even spell the word school. I bet you if you ask him to spell school, he will spell it as,"SKOOL."

Goprezeat - 15 August 2013

mazimbabweans hatidzidzi and we are too patient .TICHAMAMACHETE!!!!!!!!!

elias zagaze - 15 August 2013

@GOPREZEAT,as for CHINOZ they are going to give him INDUSTRY & COMMERCE ,Since he was the commander of LAND GRABS now he is going to be the right tool for their EMPOWERMENT rubbish that they want to implement.So now he is going to be assigned to mobilise his stupid war vetterans to go into companies and grab them like what they did,as for banks they will be told to take the money since it is in their country .This country is now a BANANA republic .zwati chaona gore rino tichamama kuzvika madongi amera nyanga.

CASHTALK - 15 August 2013

What Zimbabwe needs right now is an all-embracing Cabinet so that the nation moves in one direction. The MDC (T) has to be accommodated if you really want the economy to prosper and dead wood should be left out. My ideal Cabinet would consist of 20 Minsters and 5 Deputy Ministers. I fully agree with another commentator who wrote that Ngwena (Mnangagwa) is smart, shrewed and a very able strategist who should now be rewarded for his sterling efforts over the years. I suggest he be elevated to the post of 1st Vice President with Motrgan Tsvangirai occupying the other post of Vice President. The constitution can be amended to provide for a third Vice President who should be from Matebeleland in order to maintain tribal balance and Dumiso Dabengwa, the Black Russian is ideal for this post. My ideal Cabinet would be as follows: Finance, Economic Planning and Development-Tendai Biti, Defence and State Security-Sydney Sekeremai provided ED would have been elevated to the post of 1st Vice President, Home Affairs-Kembo Mohadi, Agriculture and Lands-Sylvester Nguni, Mines-someone seconded by the Chamber of Mines, Industry and Commerce-Eddie Cross, Education, Culture and Sports-David Coltart, Legal, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs-Obert Gutu, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development-Oppah Muchinguri, Foreign Affairs-Simbarashe Mumbengwegi, Local Government and National Housing-Olivia Muchena, Environment and Tourism-Fancis Nhema, Information, Communication and Publicity-Nelson Chamisa, Energy and Power-Engineer Elias Mudzuri, Transport and Infrastructural Development-Elliot Mangoma, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare-Ian Muteto Makone and others. The Cabinet should also have the likes of Nkosana Moyo, Welshman Ncube, Simbarashe Makoni and Patrick Chinamasa

Chief Philip Charumbira - 15 August 2013

What Zimbabwe needs right now is an all-embracing Cabinet so that the nation moves in one direction. The MDC (T) has to be accommodated if you really want the economy to prosper and dead wood should be left out. My ideal Cabinet would consist of 20 Minsters and 5 Deputy Ministers. I fully agree with another commentator who wrote that Ngwena (Mnangagwa) is smart, shrewed and a very able strategist who should now be rewarded for his sterling efforts over the years. I suggest he be elevated to the post of 1st Vice President with Motrgan Tsvangirai occupying the other post of Vice President. The constitution can be amended to provide for a third Vice President who should be from Matebeleland in order to maintain tribal balance and Dumiso Dabengwa, the Black Russian is ideal for this post. My ideal Cabinet would be as follows: Finance, Economic Planning and Development-Tendai Biti, Defence and State Security-Sydney Sekeremai provided ED would have been elevated to the post of 1st Vice President, Home Affairs-Kembo Mohadi, Agriculture and Lands-Sylvester Nguni, Mines-someone seconded by the Chamber of Mines, Industry and Commerce-Eddie Cross, Education, Culture and Sports-David Coltart, Legal, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs-Obert Gutu, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development-Oppah Muchinguri, Foreign Affairs-Simbarashe Mumbengwegi, Local Government and National Housing-Olivia Muchena, Environment and Tourism-Fancis Nhema, Information, Communication and Publicity-Nelson Chamisa, Energy and Power-Engineer Elias Mudzuri, Transport and Infrastructural Development-Elliot Mangoma, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare-Ian Muteto Makone and others. The Cabinet should also have the likes of Nkosana Moyo, Welshman Ncube, Simbarashe Makoni and Patrick Chinamasa

Chief Philip Charumbira - 15 August 2013

I agree whole heartedly about the idea of getting someone from industry to assist with industry..former CZI president would be a great start. Yes I too would put 1.Munangagwa in Finance and Indeginization, 2.Defence and State Security- Nyambuya, 3.Home Affairs- Mrs Khupe,4. Education, Sport and Women Affairs,5 Labour and Social Welfare- Madzore (fomer health minister) 6.Oppah Muchinguri- Information,Tourism, natural resources, 7.Mzembi- Minister of Foreign Affairs,8. Local Government- July Moyo, 9.Higher Education and ICT- Arthur Mutambara..10.Justice- Former Justice Sandura, 11. Industry- Kumbirai Katsande 12. Agriculture- Nguni 13. Mines- Olivia Muchena 14. Local Government- Elias Mudzuri 15. Health- Dr. Sekeramayi 16. Youth and so on- Peter Ndlovu 17. Labour and Social Welfare- Welshman Ncube. Then six deputies from the following- Tendai Biti, Chombo, Chinamasa, Misihairabwi Supa Mandiwanzira and Paul Madzore... The three vice presidents would be Mujuru, K. Moyo and Tsvangirayi

gutter poet - 15 August 2013

When Chinotimba was still at school , his teacher asked him to translate , "My boy don't laugh," into Shona and he replied, "Mai boyi dongi rafa." Chinotimba does not even know what the word Parliament means. He will be sitting in parliament with some MPs with Masters degrees and what will Chinotimba contribute to the debates in parliament when he can't even spell the word, parliament?

Goprezeat - 15 August 2013

Education, Sport and Women's Affairs- Priscilla Misihairabwi

gutter poet - 15 August 2013

What a disastrous cabinet? Other than destroying local councils and firing mayors and councillors, what has Chombo achieved over all those yrs - potholes and personal stands?????????????

Goremusandu - 15 August 2013

What a cabinet of mugs, don't forget Sekeramyi is still sitting without shoes wait for desiel to come out of the rock

Zuze - 16 August 2013

Really and truly this is a circus these big Zunupf apes waiting for desiel to come out of a rock?? Now they will be waiting for US dollars to fall from heaven

Chengera - 16 August 2013

Why would Cde Mpofu be taken away from Mines, no who will steal the diamonds for us?????????????? Never

bepa revanhu - 16 August 2013

I disagree with the writer totally on Mike Nyambuya. There must always be civilian control over the military. Civilian control over the military forbids the appointment of former generals to civilian posts meant to control the military. For this reasons General Nyambuya cannot be Minister of Defence.

Naison Nyereyegona - 16 August 2013

Zvaitwa taiona team yema supporters. Muchaiwona ya Grabowski next week. Inenge isina zvese izvi. VaMutasa vanenge varimo chete mu cabinet iyoyo. Hezvo ndiri pano muzukuru waMurapa.(muchairi).

kiyoro kiyoro - 16 August 2013

thats the worst cabinet , Temba Mliswa knows only fight with people ,Chombo cant deliver any thing good he failed for years ,put him is giving him another chance of build is empire of stolen houses , Mnangagwa that guy cant handle finance ministry never, Kasukuwere no he only thinks of enriching himself he is just a chancer he needs to go to school, all the old horses have been tried and tested they are not competent all we need new blood and young

matibili - 16 August 2013

Ko amai havakwane here apa???? Hinindava so?

Cuthbert Mithi - 16 August 2013

That's disastrous.

Nosmas - 16 August 2013

We need new blood guys. Look at the football players the old horses like Peter Ndlove retired and leave the gape for the young stars. Why cant you people learn from this? National coaches are changed like shirts but some these politicians are there more than 30 years as if imbue dzeZimbabwe apa vachibika mbodza.

Mukuru - 16 August 2013

we need 4G ministers, not first world war relics. I hope u understand the meaning of 4G

takurikayi - 16 August 2013

iwe gunguwo i gunguwo haungariwani richi hukura .dont raise hopes these are the same guys from the past

LIKE - 16 August 2013

Whatever hpnd during election for the purposes of avoiding another 2008 lets hv an inclusive cabinet.We need as a matter of do or die restore donor confidence otherwise come rain season cholera will be back.All the major donor nations has already pulled out before even the cabinet is made know.Lets keep praying........Zimbabwe

Preacher - 16 August 2013

MDC stay away from the cabinet. you will be blamed for those failures one again. lest you sup with the devil. its a devil's party, they will as well taint your hands when they feed. keep distance ad watch. PLEASE!

silvanos - 16 August 2013

vana guthri.....paid bt mnangagwa to write this rubbish.

josia - 16 August 2013

We need new young and energetic young men to be in this govermnent manje the so-called revolutionary party is full of chemebere neharahwa and forces us to expect changes...where on earth do you think these people will get ideas for development of the nation ivo vakambo failure all along chavaingoziva KUBA chete especially the likes of OBERT MPOFU zimbavha rekupedzisira...ndoratozimuridzi reCity of Bulawayo. KASUKUWERE haatombozive musuwo wechikoro hey guys we need to wake up and act the time is now! pfuti ndosupplaya......

Chinoz' soni - 16 August 2013

PEOPLE OF ZIM HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT LATELY THERE HAS BEEN A WORRYING AND DISASTROUS TREND WITHIN US-ANYONE WHO HAS FAILED TO MAKE IT IN LIFE IS TURNING TO POLITICS AND DEPENDING ON THE POLITICAL PARTY THEY JOIN, ARE BECOMING INSTANTLY 'RICH'. JUST WITNESS THE CALIBRE OF THOSE WHO LINED UP TO BE VOTED IN THE LAST ELECTIONS. SOME COULD HARDLY TUCK IN THEIR SHIRTS AND STRAIGHTEN THEIR COLLARS JUST TO BE PRESENTABLE. SOME WHERE SEEN CAMPAIGNING ON FOOT DREAMING AND HOPING TO GET A TICKET INTO THE GOOD LIFE OF DRIVING THE LATEST NAVARA. SOME LEFT THEIR BUSINESSES CRUMBLING WHILE THEY ARE GALLIVANTING AROUND IN LUXURY VEHICLES BOUGHT BY TAXPAYERS' BLOOD, CLAIMING TO BE MINISTERS. JUST WITNESS WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE ONCE VIBRANT BRAND CALLED COMOIL/COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT. IF ONE CANT RUN HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS, HONESTLY HOW CAN HE RUN A NATIONAL MINISTRY. MOST OF THE GUYS IN THE LIST HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD AND HAVE LEFT NO VISIBLE SIGN[S] THAT THERE WERE EVER THERE OTHER THAN BIG POTHOLES AND POLLUTED AIR FROM THEIR BIG CARS. CABINET POSTS SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS A REWARD FOR PATRONAGE OR LOYALTY. CONSIDERATION FOR SUCH POSTS SHOULD GO BEYOND 'MY HOMEBOY' SYNDROME. GENERALLY CABINET SHOULD BE A PRESERVE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO 1.ARE LEARNED AND INTELLIGENT. 2. ARE HANDS ON. 3. HAVE 'MADE IT' AND ARE THEREFORE NOT FASCINATED BY THE LATEST LUXURY GERMAN SEDAN OR JAPANESE SUV. 4. ARE NOT MADLY FIXATED ON AMASSING MATERIAL COMFORTS/LUXURIES AND PERSONAL ENRICHMENT. 5. ARE NOT 'SPINELESS' LIKE NKOSANA MOYO. 6. ARE NOT GREEDY. 7. ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR THE ELECTORATE. 8. GO TO CHURCH TO SEEK GOD NOT VOTES 9. WILL NOT LICK ANYONE,S BOOTS OR NETHER PARTS OF THE HUMAN BODY. 10. WILL CALL A SPADE A SPADE. 11. ARE READY TO GO NOT TO SIT AND RETIRE. 12. ARE NOT THIEVES. 13. HAVE A STRONG CHARACTER......I CAN GO ON AND ON. THIS ELIMINATES MOST IF NOT ALL IN AND OUTSIDE THE PROPOSAL.

tambai chinemavende - 18 August 2013

there is no ways Mpofu is going to give up looting diamonds and hand over the mines ministry to someone else

dingdingwe - 18 August 2013

aaaaaaaah where is our beloved comrade joseph chinotimba

sean - 20 August 2013

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bere - 20 August 2013

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