Who'll make Mugabe's Cabinet?

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is expected to announce a new Cabinet anytime now tasked with rescuing Zimbabwe’s faltering economy which had shown signs of improvement during the transitional government.

Mugabe, 89, now Africa’s oldest leader was sworn in for his seventh term in Harare on Thursday — bringing to an end the four-year life of an inclusive government formed to stabilise the country after the bloody and disputed 2008 polls.

The veteran Zanu PF leader now has the tough task of choosing a team of ministers expected to come with policies that build on gains recorded during the inclusive government as well as reducing the country’s debt.

While the country is anxious to know the new team, Mugabe has a serious headache of how to balance ethnic, gender and blending experience with young turks who won the July 31 polls.

Most of Mugabe loyalists, some who have been part of both the “war” and “dead” Cabinets, were re-elected.

Out of the previous officials who held ministerial posts, only Joseph Made failed to win in his constituency — meaning in his selection, Mugabe will have to juggle issues of rewarding loyalty and building confidence of the emerging crop which triumphed last month.

The octogenarian leader will also have to trim his Cabinet from the bloated 42 which was caused by the expanded lists of his party and the two MDC formations which wanted to reward officials with Cabinet posts.

While, both Zanu PF and the MDC have poured cold water on reports that there could be an inclusion of some of  Morgan Tsvangirai’s officials in the new Cabinet, Mugabe has not closed the door on that, at least, according to those close to him.

But already faced with trying to appease loyalists and keep Zanu PF intact, Mugabe might find it hard to include MDC officials to his Cabinet for fear of causing fissures in his already fractious party.

Although on one hand he has to appease his comrades, on the other, he has few options to inspire confidence unless he makes a bold statement by appointing technocrats and young turks whose decisions he will respect.

This is why he has an unenviable task of coming up with a confidence and performance-fancied cabinet.

Among those that are likely to be retained are Savior Kasukuwere, Francis Nhema, Obert Mpofu, Nicholas Goche, Olivia Muchena and Sylvester Nguni.

Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa is likely to remain in his portfolio, including Sydney Sekeramayi, Sithembiso Nyoni, Kembo Mohadi, Ignatius Chombo, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Patrick Chinamasa, Walter Mzembi and Webster Shamu.

It is likely that Didymus Mutasa, Herbert Murerwa and Made will not be coming back.

Murerwa had major surgery which kept him out of work for a considerable time and this could militate against him, given the pressures likely to be facing the new ministers.

Among those expected to form the new Cabinet are Supa Mandiwanzira, July Moyo, Paul Chimedza, Daniel Shumba, Dexter Nduna, Oppah Muchinguri, Monica Mutsvangwa, Daniel McKenzie Ncube, Temba Mliswa, Kindness Paradza and Arthur Mutambara.

Mugabe will likely appoint four outsiders, technocrats, from the remaining quota of the permitted five non-constituent MPs after naming Mutambara.

Business and international investors are sceptical of Mugabe’s policies and pin hopes on a new transformative Cabinet.

The stock market nosedived, losing more than $1 billion the week Mugabe was announced winner of the polls which were marred by serious allegations of vote rigging.

It, marginally recorded gains on Wednesday ahead of Mugabe’s inauguration.

Mugabe, however, has vowed to deliver, calming the jittery business community and promising his government will bring friendly promises.

“There are key truths that come with that victory, which come with that honour. The peasant, who cast his vote on July 31, created my victory and thus made a portion of my presidency. I am at his service, am his emissary and servant,” said Mugabe in his acceptance speech as he promised delivery on his election promises.

The former guerrilla leader promised to fulfil the dreams of millions of the unemployed, struggling farmers, and also allayed fears of the business community that was rattled by his 61 percent landslide.
Underpinning his revival plans on the mining sector, he said the sector “will be the centrepiece of our economic recovery and growth.”

With power comes responsibility, and Zanu PF promised to deliver water to cities, jump start the industrial sector and also to provide adequate power supply in order to fuel the envisaged growth.

He also vowed to plod ahead with his economic empowerment policy, which forces foreign firms to cede  51 percent shareholding to local blacks.

Comments (18)

Your Execellency not more than 18 ministers done and dusted Finito

Colonel - 24 August 2013

Others who are going to be added to Mugabe cabinet are of course Lovemore Madhuku and Chaibva.They campaigned so much for Zanu as new comers.

chimwango - 24 August 2013

Please do not expect anything innovative from whatever archaic and rotten team the father of all thieves, 89 year old octogenarian, Robert Matibili Mugabe. It is going to be the same old story of greed and destruction. My challenge: Just name on potential minister you think will come up with one useful policy for Zimbabwe.

Lovemore Tinarwo - 24 August 2013

Please do not expect anything innovative from whatever archaic and rotten team the father of all thieves, 89 year old octogenarian, Robert Matibili Mugabe will come up with. It is going to be the same old story of greed and destruction. My challenge: Just name on potential minister you think will come up with one useful policy for Zimbabwe.

Lovemore Tinarwo - 24 August 2013

SINCE 1980 HE WAS PROMISING. THEN HE WAS UNDER 60. DID HE DELIVER? I LEAVE YUOU TO ANSWER THAT. AT 90 HE AGAIN PROMISES TO DELIVER; BELIEVE THAT AND YOU WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING.

dEVE - 24 August 2013

tongai moga va mugabe. we voted resoundingly for u. voita manyoka ma mdc

cde mapinganzira - 24 August 2013

This time zanu must pull up socks on delivery.Zimbabweans are closely watching everything from 2008 run/off to date.Zvenyika zvave kuongororwa zvakanyanya nokuti hapana anoda kushupika umwe achidya mari yamahara yaasina kushandira.Runyararo runobva mukugovana zvakakwanirana.Nyaya yokudzvanyirira vanhu ngaipere.Pamberi ne good governance,pasi nembavha,

saungweme - 24 August 2013

why not give the president the benefit of doubt, we have been at crossroads for many years and we need to move on. only time will tell.

stranger kazembe - 25 August 2013

tsvangirai gave Mugabe the benefit of the doubt.dont fool yourselves the asset stripping will continue.

supermondo - 25 August 2013

fellow Zimbabweans surely there is nothing new which this sekuru can deliver at 89. he is tied kungoti munhu asinganyari chete handifungi kuti kwake kuda vanhu kuti nezero iroro ugoti tatara ndoinda kubasa pane zviri kuvharwa chete asi mhosva hairovi ichaenda kuvana

mr honest - 25 August 2013

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Hlongwane - 26 August 2013

Vada Hlongwane we don't want your rotten advices.

Mukuru - 26 August 2013

You are so wrong on Didymus Mutasa. The last time Mugabe included technocrats such as Nkosana Moyo, he was embarrassed and left with an egg on his face after Nkosana resigned in unclear circumstances. To cut the story short, put Mutasa as No1 on that list. He is bouncing back. The majority if not all will come from elected members. Mugabe has already hinted on that already

Mizha - 28 August 2013

Bet my last cent it will be more than 40

chakachaya - 28 August 2013

A leaner, firmer and stronger cabinet will do the trick, Some ministries will have to be combined Jiri.

Jamba Jecha - 30 August 2013

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