Mugabe recycles deadwood

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday unveiled his Cabinet, 40 days after defeating former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a disputed election.

The Cabinet contains the same old faces and many Mugabe backers, who replace MDC ministers who stepped down after the leadership change.

Most Zanu PF ministers changed portfolios.

In total, there are 63 ministers, deputies and provincial ministers in a shockingly bloated Cabinet at a time Zimbabwe is going through a huge economic crisis.

The new Cabinet will be sworn in today and is expected to hold its first meeting shortly afterwards.

“The Cabinet has been reduced from 33 to 26 with 24 ministries,” chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda told journalists.

Only three women made it into Cabinet and these are Sthembiso Nyoni, Olivia Muchena and Oppah Muchinguri.

Mugabe appointed five non-constituency Members of Parliament into Cabinet in terms of the new Constitution.

The 89-year-old leader made key changes by naming former Justice and Legal Affairs minister and Zanu PF legal point man Patrick Chinamasa to head the Finance portfolio.

Chinamasa will be replaced by former Defence minister Emmerson Mnagagwa in the Justice portfolio.

In an official list unveiled at State House, the veteran ruler named Walter Chidhakwa the new Mines minister, replacing Obert Mpofu.

Jonathan Moyo, was given the Information portfolio, a position he held a decade ago. He will be deputised by Supa Mandiwanzira, a journalist by training.

Speaking at State House yesterday, an elated Moyo said: “When you are given an assignment, you feel like hitting the ground running.”

Asked whether there is need for media reforms, Moyo, said, “You can only reform something that is deformed.”

Webster Shamu, former Information minister has been shunted to the ICT ministry.

Former Environment minister Francis Nhema has been put in charge of the Indigenisation ministry previously held by Savior Kasukuwere.

Kasukuwere has come under pressure from various stakeholders in the country over his handling of the indigenisation deals as alleged corruption, arguments over deal fees, and calls for a parliamentary probe sullied the programme.

And to top it all, Mugabe admitted in March after the eruption of the Daily News’ Nieebgate Scandal  that Kasukuwere had blundered over the much-touted $971 million Zimplats deal announced in January.

Ignatius Chombo made a return at the Local Government ministry after his winning formula to slash water bills gained traction.

“This is a new situation, a new term in which we expect Zanu PF to deliver people’s expectations. People expect services,” said Chombo.

Apart from new faces like Mike Bimha, who will take over the ministry of Industry and Commerce and Andrew Langa, who is going to be the minister of Sports, Mugabe largely retained the same old guard accused of running down the economy and isolating the country.

The road seems to have been cleared for Zanu PF chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo to be the country’s second vice president as the ex-diplomat was appointed a senior minister.

There was alarm at the appointment of Dzikamai Mavhaire to take over at the crucial Energy ministry.

Mugabe has been under pressure to make a Cabinet announcement to “end the uncertainty”.

Tsvangirai’s MDC had already stated that they would reject Cabinet posts if offered, but Mugabe did not make any known offers to the opposition party.

Douglas Mwonzora, spokesperson of the MDC, said last week: “The national executive and the national council of the party ruled that we are not going to take any position in Mugabe’s Cabinet and we stand guided by that ruling."

“We maintain that this election was stolen and it was a huge fraud and we are not going to bless the fraud.”

Mugabe, who at 89 is Africa’s oldest leader, has angrily rejected the fraud allegations and was sworn in on August 22 for a fresh five-year term in a nation he has ruled since independence in 1980.

Mugabe’s party won 197 of the 270 seats in the new Parliament, while the MDC has only 70 seats.

Full list of cabinet ministers, resident ministers and deputy ministers;


Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation                 Dr Joseph Made,

Deputies:                                                             Davis Marapira and Paddy Zhanda

Defence                                                               Dr Sydney Sekeramayi

Primary and Secondary Education                         Lazarus Dokora

                                                                          Deputy Prof Paul Mavhima

Energy and Power Development                            Dzikamai Mavhaire

                                                                          Deputy Munacho Mutezo

Environment, Water and Climate                           Saviour Kasukuwere

                                                                          Deputy Simon Musanhu

Finance                                                              Patrick Chinamasa

                                                                         Deputy Dr Samuel Undenge

Foreign Affairs                                                    Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

                                                                         Deputy Christopher Mutsvangwa

Health and Child Care                                         Dr David Parirenyatwa

                                                                        Deputy Dr Paul Chimedza

Higher &Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development         Dr Olivia Muchena

                                                                                                     Deputy Godfrey Gandawa

Home Affairs                                                             Kembo Mohadi

                                                                                Deputy Ziyambi Ziyambi

Industry and Commerce                                             Mike Bimha

                                                                                Deputy Chiratidzo Iris Mabuwa

Information Communication Technology                       Webster Shamu

                                                                                Deputy Dr Win Mlambo

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs                      Emmerson Mnangagwa

                                                                                Deputy Fortune Chasi

Lands and Rural Resettlement                                    Dr Douglas Mombeshora

                                                                                Deputy Tendai Savanhu

Local Govt, Public Works and National Housing           Dr Ignatius Chombo

                                                                                Deputy Joel Biggie Matiza

Media, Information and Broadcasting Services            Prof Jonathan Moyo

                                                                               Deputy Supa Mandiwanzira

Mines and Mining Development                                  Walter Chidhakwa

                                                                                Deputy Fred Moyo

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare                   Nicholas Goche

                                                                                Deputy Tongai Muzenda

SMEs and Cooperative Development                           Sithembiso Nyoni

                                                                                Deputy Noveti Muponora

Sports, Arts and Culture                                             Andrew Langa

                                                                                Deputy Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga

Tourism and Hospitality Industry                                  Walter Mzembi

                                                                                Deputy  Walter Kanhanga

Transport and Infrastructural Development                    Dr Obert Mpofu

                                                                                 Deputy Petronella Kagonye

Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development    Oppah Muchinguri

                                                                                 Deputy Abigail Damasane

Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment        Francis Nhema

                                                                                 Deputy Mathias Tongofa

Presidential Affairs   Didymus Mutasa


1 Senior Minister of State                              Simon Khaya Moyo

2 Minister of State for Presidential Affairs        Flora Buka

3 Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education     Josiah Hungwe

4. Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office      Sylvester Nguni


Bulawayo                                Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo

Harare                                     Miriam Chikukwa

Manicaland                             Christopher Mushowe

Manicaland Central                Martin Dinha

Mashonaland East                   Simbaneuta Mudarikwa

Mashonaland West                  Faber Chidarikire

Masvingo                                 Kudakwashe Bhasikiti

Matebeleland North                 Cain Mathema

Matebeleland South                 Abednigo Ncube

Midlands                                  Jason Machaya


1 National Planning Commission

2 Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC)

3 State Procurement Board

4 National Peace and Reconciliation Commission


Comments (19)

Haiva varoora tavaona. Vanozvara vasikana pururudzai. Bikai mukonde tidye.Ge ge ge ge ge.

kiyoro kiyoro - 11 September 2013

ngatishandeyi varume ne madzimai.patimire pakaipa

nyasha - 11 September 2013

Ko vekuMasvingo mawana ministry api? Muchadya izvozvo. Muchafa muchishandire varungu venyu maZezuru!

dick mboko - 11 September 2013

mavhaire, muzembi, hungwe vose imasvingo. saka havadye izvozvo

crocodile squad - 11 September 2013

Pathetic we did not expect anything new from this geriatric. Kunze kwekurara muparliament that these guys can deliver for impoverished Zimbabweans I can bet with the last dollar in the my purse that it will not happen. Lets brace ourselves for more poverty and suffering and as surely as the break of dawn its coming.

vongai - 11 September 2013

Pathetic situation indeed! The anticipation was the injection of young MPs into Ministerial positions. Its the same OLD GUARD plus the addition of Hungwe and Dzikamai! Masabhuku momaita maMinister here nhai mwana waBonna? Ko Ministry iyo waisa madzunguman oga oga panobuda chichena here apa? ( Jonathan naSuppa) This cabinet will not deliver from the word go! What a shame to continue recycling the sick and tired OLD guards?? ZANU yaora boyz dzangu ngatigadzirire nhamo yoga yoga!! Saka ndobvepfe ramaihaira NIKUV here iri kuti mugoisa matakanyanya akadai??

Worse than 2008 - 11 September 2013

Mboko Saviour naObert vadya izvozvo nehuori ihwohwo! Get into water and transport ministries!!

WAGONA BOB - 11 September 2013


mboko - 11 September 2013

Your title should read "Deadwood appoints more deadwood into Cabinet."

Chipikiri - 11 September 2013

@dick mboko, dont you know that Mavhaire, Mzembi, Mbengegwi, and Hungwe are from Masvingo. However still the whole country hapana chekuluma, ndinjala kuphela achimwene.

Feko Mabaya - 11 September 2013

LADIES& GENTLEMAN ,LETS get ready to rumble.The war against the opposition has started now to OUR DAILY NEWS the DEVIL is back by the name of JONNY BOY ,his first assignment is to DESTROY all private MEDIA at all means possible ,all systems are in place .To this cabinet l am seeing DISASTER IN THE MAKING there is no agenda of nation building in all this.It is a group of radicals put to push their indeginisation bill through but this will see the end of ZIMBABWE .ZANU have shot themselves in the FOOT there is going to be CABINET reshuffles in a few months to come becoz this experiment is going to FAIL. Watch the space that is if we are not blocked by this EVIL JONNY BOY.

CASHTALK - 11 September 2013

Zvazopera zvechokwadi zvino! You can only recycle something if something useful is going to come out of it. I do not see much coming out of this selfish thieves all of whom are bereft of any innovative ideas like their commander in chief of all thieves, Matibili.

Nehanda Nyakasikana - 11 September 2013

Deadwood indeed- Couldn't agree more with this report! And yet the issue is what do we do! They promised so they must deliver or ship out. Let Zimbos give them a 100 days milestone to achieve something else boot them out!

Rev. Com Council - 12 September 2013

“You can only reform something that is deformed.” here we go again with Jonah and his infamous sound bites, he just can't help himself can he. All set to tackle the next frontier i guess, social media and internet information, ala USA NSA. Buckle up everyone and enjoy the ride!

simba - 12 September 2013

nhai mavhaire kana bulb richinzi rine 70 watts zvinorevei? shuwa here kuti ane degree remutemo anotungamirira ane doctorate reECONOMICS? ndiwo mahumbwe chiwo

madyira - 12 September 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 sports or politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 12 September 2013

Gwendu gwuno svibhasi svacho svino drivhwa nekaharawa! Gwanhu gwacho gwuri mukati, chembere naharahwa dzoga! Nhambwe yacho inoindwa 2018Kms. Tosvikako tose here nugwuchembere negwuharahwa ugwu! Mwari dopindirai muri moga nokuti gwanhu gweZimbagwe gwapindigwa mberi nemapofo nematsi.

MADOFO - 12 September 2013

2018 Kms @ 5 km/mnth indeed we won't reach our destination! ZPF inoda zvinhu zvose sechangani bag. Yakazara madhara ane huori hwunonyadzisa. This time it will expose itself and have a natural death after the race.

SMART - 12 September 2013

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