Mugabe defends appointments

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday defended his Cabinet appointments which analysts have slammed as recycling of deadwood.

Speaking to journalists at State House soon after the swearing-in of ministers and their deputies yesterday, Mugabe said his decisions were based on party loyalty.

“The decision was based on how much of Zanu PF are you, how long have you been with us and how educated you are?” Mugabe said.

He said his new administration comprised holders of university degrees save for one or two who had only attained Ordinary Level education.

The 89-year-old leader said he tried to strike a provincial balancing act.
“Are provinces represented as much as possible, at least three ministers in a province,” Mugabe said.

Reacting to criticism that women representation in Cabinet was appalling as there were only three women out of 26 ministers, Mugabe retorted: “Give us the women. This time we did proportional representation but there were just not enough women. Women are few in universities. It’s no longer necessary to do affirmative action; it’s free for all.

“Let women contest without preferential treatment. But this time around, we had to do affirmative action but the women would not emerge.”

Mugabe said some ministers were moved to new portfolios not because they performed poorly.

“Don’t judge people by their characteristics, don’t think that the one who talks too much performs better,” Mugabe said.

“Kasukuwere is an extrovert and Nhema is an introvert. If the introvert goes to sleep we will take him away.”

The veteran leader went against public expectation by not naming a State Security minister when he announced his new Cabinet on Tuesday — leading to speculation that he had not yet made a firm decision on who to appoint.

But he said he will run the national spy agency — the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) — historically one of his pillars of power.

Former State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi was reassigned to the Defence portfolio and there  was no replacement.

“There is no vacancy,” Mugabe said. “It (CIO) has been always under the President’s Office. Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa will be in charge of the affairs, together with me,” Mugabe told journalists during a question and answer session. “In other countries they don’t even appoint a minister (for State Security)”.

Among the ministers who have run the CIO are Emmerson Mnangagwa, Didymus Mutasa, Nicholas Goche and Sydney Sekaramayi, with some among the lot, more than once.

Mugabe pledged to put in place people-oriented programmes highlighted in the Zanu PF manifesto.

“The programme of government therefore for the next five years will be a programme of continuing some of the work the previous government left undone,” he said.

Mugabe said the cancer of corruption was difficult to detect.

“The one that one has emerged rich may not be proof of corruption, but those who know that there have been payments made must be able to come out and tell us. We cannot victimise people merely because they are Zanu PF,” he said.

 

Comments (22)

"Dont think those who talks more perform better" the president nailed it here. You only need at the ministers over the years to see how true this statement is..those who do are usually quiet while those who dont try to cover up by putting their PR into overdrive. So yah a quiet performer over a hundred talkers, we have seen what these good for nothing loud mouths can do. Of course there is that rare quiet dude who pretends to be the strong silent type when all he is doing is hiding, sadly this is no good either but these are a minority.

gutter poet - 12 September 2013

Thank you for the promises,we want to see the action now. Dr Parirenyatwa and Paul Chimedza go to Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo and see for yourself equipment that was bought by the government for cancer treatment a year ago that is still in containers and our relatives with cancer are dying without any assistance.

Mthabisi Sibanda - 12 September 2013

Mugabe himself is useless. Wat has he achieved since 1980? Zero. All he has done is lie and polarise the population. Waste of space.

Musona - 12 September 2013

It now comes out in the wash. THis is a government of patronage not on merit. Perhaps the minister of transport could explain what happened to the hundreds of kilometres of overhead copper wire to power electric locomotives on the NRZ. Missing since 2010!

vortex - 12 September 2013

The 2 guys with O'Levels only are Muzembi and Mavhaire!

Labious Chokocha - 12 September 2013

The president talks a lot without any deliverance. He actually hit the nail on the head. Blessed with addressing the audiance and making them ululate and whistle for nothing. So he cannot take any action against such minister because he happens to be chief culprit! Good for nothing old deceitful octogenarian!!!

SILLY MADARA - 12 September 2013

chokodza get your facts right mavhaire did law with the unversity of south africa.

wagara wadonono - 12 September 2013

Muzembi is a top performer and he beats those with degrees including RGM,Chombo, Jonathan Moyo,Mnangagwa the list goes on and on. So degree is only a paper which can either be applied or not depending on the calibre of the people. So the issue of DEGREES OR O LEVELS is neither here nor there!!!

BASA SEBASA - 12 September 2013

chokodza get your facts right mavhaire did law with the unversity of south africa.

wagara wadonono - 12 September 2013

You mean MDC T analysts or you are talking of these people who just6 critisize for the sake of it, who did you want in the cabinet who was going to perform better. Who qualifies analysts after all. Be positive for once you daily news reporters or as reporters you just report what you are told to instead your own brains.

NDABEZINHLE NKOMO - 12 September 2013

@ Musona, kudos to you...you nailed it. That is precisely where the problem is. Mugabe himself is the biggest stumbling block (dead wood) to Zim's progress. Every term he says the last cabinet was the worst and then next term he recycles the same people. He says those who didnt win elections have no place in cabinet...what is Jonathan doing there? Mugabe talks a lot and has nothing to show for it.

Lt General - 12 September 2013

If i was the MDC advosor i'd have told them not to contest the Presidential elections. The writing was on the wall mhani, are they all blind these rhodesian/western colonizers' projects?

myopia - 12 September 2013

Musona- unoda vaMugabe vafuratire magandanga? Une mhepo iwe bvunza Mhai wako for tsangamidzi udziise kuzasi uko

myopia - 12 September 2013

@myopia - zvemagandanga ndezvako izvozvo. Hatidye magandanga isu - futseki wako. Uri mbwa. Majaira kuba ma election.

Musona - 12 September 2013

mugabe's cabinet is just an indication of a leader who does not have the interests of the nation at heart. here is trying to please his corruptive idiots and his party. please we are now waiting for you to rig the economy the way you rigged the elections. the mistake that was made by all zimbabweans is to leave you placing yourself above the zimbabwean law mr president and making yourself the head of every department. you have uncountable cases to answer together with your autocratic party members

abacus - 12 September 2013

mugabe's cabinet is just an indication of a leader who does not have the interests of the nation at heart. here is trying to please his corruptive idiots and his party. please we are now waiting for you to rig the economy the way you rigged the elections. the mistake that was made by all zimbabweans is to leave you placing yourself above the zimbabwean law mr president and making yourself the head of every department. you have uncountable cases to answer together with your autocratic party members

abacus - 12 September 2013

JUST 2 WEEKS AGO MUGABE WAS SAYING NO PLACE FOR LOSERS IN HIS GOVERNMENT SOoooo mr president CAN YOU EXPLAIN CHIMSORO MOYO IN YOUR CABINET?OFCOZ NOT YOU JUST TALK AN TALK. GIVE US BREAK!!!!!!

martin - 12 September 2013

Simply put Mr. President, CRONYISM!

Burj Harare - 13 September 2013

To Mugabe loyalty is being corrupt to the core and killing on behalf of ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER. Appointing the Parirenyatwa to the helm of the Ministry of Health after sending more than 4,000 Zimbabweans to their early graves because he failed to act on the outbreak at the onset just boggles the mind. As if that was not enough he has been implicated in gross human rights violations and murder of the opposition activists in Murewa in 2008 is just disturbing. This is a guy who took the Hippocratic oath when he joined the profession now turned sadist and angel of death. To Mugabe I think from my own assessment those who died deserved it and all those who dare oppose ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER are not people and deserve to die at all costs. Appointing a drunkard non performer so that he can undo the health sector that had just bust started to resemble some functionality one wonders if this geriatric has any heart even as small as an ant. If killing people needlessly is an act of loyalty to you Mugabe then we should brass ourselves for more deaths .Shame on you God is watching.

vongai - 13 September 2013

To Mugabe loyalty is being corrupt to the core and killing on behalf of ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER. Appointing Parirenyatwa to the helm of the Ministry of Health after sending more than 4,000 Zimbabweans to their early graves because he failed to act on the onset of the cholera outbreak just boggles the mind. As if that was not enough he has been implicated in gross human rights violations and murder of the opposition activists in Murewa in 2008 is just disturbing. This is a guy who took the Hippocratic oath when he joined the profession now turned sadist and angel of death. To Mugabe I think from my own assessment those who died deserved it and all those who dare oppose ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER are not people and deserve to die at all costs. Appointing a drunkard non performer so that he can undo the health sector that had just bust started to resemble some functionality one wonders if this geriatric has any heart even as small as an ant. If killing people needlessly is an act of loyalty to you Mugabe then we should brass ourselves for more deaths .Shame on you God is watching.

vongai - 13 September 2013

Kusvika rini maZimba muchingotukana ,pane kuti tivake nyika u are busy blaming each other.Why not channel that energy ye ruvengo towards advising umwe wako so that we build a better nation.Kana isu vemba imwechete tichidai,vekwa mainini vachatiti chii ?

MOFASA - 14 September 2013

I do not consider Mugabe a picture of moral rectitude. The country was better run by the uk.

barry waterfield - 2 December 2013

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