Reshuffle cuts ED's powers

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe announced a long-awaited reshuffle of his Cabinet last night and axed five ministers as he moved to freshen up his government.

Mugabe, whose three decade-plus grip on power is being tested by an internal party challenge, announced a new line-up with changes at the top, dropping Emmerson Mnangagwa from the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ministry, while cutting loose a number of lieutenants perceived as close to the embattled vice president.

Dropped from Cabinet are Priscah Mupfumira, Tshinga Dube, Abednico Ncube and Faber Chidarikire — all members of the so-called Team Lacoste.

The roots-and-branch shake-up comes after Mugabe accused unnamed senior officials of trying to push him into retiring and likened them to the biblical betrayer Judas Iscariot.

He will chair his new-look Cabinet meeting this morning.

Mugabe’s latest shake-up also saw some hitherto influential bureaucrats, again perceived as aligned to Mnangagwa, being demoted.

The list includes Patrick Chinamasa, who is now responsible for a weird ministry called Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.

Christopher Mushohwe now heads what should otherwise be a department. He is now the minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Scholarships.

Former Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi is now responsible for the ministry of Macro-Economic Planning.

The transfer of Chinamasa to the obscure ministry of Cyber Security was the main talking point in the limited Cabinet reshuffle.

The president promoted his top allies within the party and government, giving plush jobs to Walter Mzembi, Simon Khaya Moyo, Ignatius Chombo, Obert Mpofu, Patrick Zhuwao and Thokozile Mathuthu.

Chombo will take up Chinamasa’s position, the chief secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda said in a statement last night.

Mpofu replaces Chombo as Home Affairs minister, while Khaya Moyo will replace Mushohwe as Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister.

After removing the vice president from his Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs position last night in a shock axing, Mnangagwa was replaced with Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe.

The changes basically decimated the key pillars that support Mnangagwa, leaving him hanging by a thread.

Mnangagwa, 75, enthroned vice-president in 2014, has headed off fierce opposition from Grace and the Generation 40 faction of the ruling party in recent weeks, with political temperatures heating up over claims that he had been hospitalised in August because he had been poisoned.

Mzembi, who is widely regarded as a future party leader and probably the biggest winner in the shuffle, takes on the key role of Foreign minister at a particularly challenging time, and at a time Zimbabwe and its former coloniser Britain have expressed readiness to open a new chapter of rapprochement.

Mzembi is being replaced by Edgar Mbwembwe in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry portfolio.

Mumbengegwi has been shunted to the Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion ministry.

Zhuwao becomes minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare following the axing of his predecessor, Mupfumira.

Kasukuwere retains the now Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing ministry.

Makhosini Hlongwane remains the head of the now Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Cain Mathema has been appointed minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators.

Chiratidzo Mabuwa becomes Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Employment minister.

Maboyi Ncube has been appointed minister of State for Matabeleland South, Mathuthu minister for Matabeleland North, Webster Shamu minister of State for Mashonaland West, while Paul Chimedza becomes minister of State for Masvingo

Mugabe’s Cabinet reorganisation rallied support and outrage.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change described the reshuffle as “a very big yawn.”

“This is very big yawn, indeed a massive exercise in futility,” MDC spokeperson Obert Gutu said.

“Mugabe has totally and completely lost the plot. Actually, he should have reshuffled himself by immediately announcing his retirement.

“What kind of ministry has been created for Patrick Chinamasa? What type of nonsense is that? Chinamasa is now effectively on the same level as a WhatsApp group administrator.

“This is a very big joke that isn’t funny. The most effective reshuffle will come after next year’s elections when the entire Zanu PF dictatorship, warts and all, will be booted out of power.”

Priscah Mupfumira
Tshinga Dube
Faber Chidarikire
Emmerson Mnangagwa (from Justice ministry)
Abednico Ncube
Happyton Bonyongwe, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Paul Chimedza, minister of State for Masvingo Province
Webster Shamu, minister of State for Mashonaland West
Ambassador Maboyi, Matabeleland South
Edgar Mbwembwe, Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Services
Cain Mathema, minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans
Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Youth, Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment


Patrick Chinamasa, Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation
Christopher Mushohwe, minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Scholarships
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Macro-Economic Planning


Ignatius Chombo, Finance and Economic Development
Thokozile Mathuthu, minister of State Matabeleland North
Walter Mzembi, Foreign Affairs
Patrick Zhuwao, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Obert Mpofu, Home Affairs
Simon Khaya Moyo, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services


Retained ministries

Joseph Made, ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation & Irrigation Development
Saviour Kasukuwere, Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing
Mike Bimha, Industry and International Trade
Sithembiso Nyoni, SMEs
Douglas Mombeshora, Lands and Rural Resettlement
Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Water and Climate
Makhosini Hlongwane, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Jonathan Moyo, Higher and Tertiary Education
Lazarus Dokora, Primary and Secondary Education
Supa Mandiwanzira, ICTs and Courier Services
Joram Gumbo, Transport
Walter Chidakwa, Mines and Mining Development
David Parirenyatwa, Health and Child Care
Samuel Undenge, Energy and Power Development
Sydney Sekeramayi, Defence
Kembo Mohadi, State Security

Comments (8)

Can anyone tell me whats to be expected from Zhuwawo.A very lazy character,very dirty.He has failed all ministries he has run.He cant even run his bordy well,so dirty.Even his so caleed Red fox is a ghost hotel now in Greendale.This reshuffle is a dump squib.Its not about performance but remittances to the 1st family on deals.Otherwise how does anyone believe Chinamasa with all he has done going to IMF,WORLD BANK,introducing US$ ,the ground he has covered to now ,president thinks Chombo will perform better?On what? economy or remmitances to his excellency.I think we are now surely headed for disaster.He should have left the team of Chinamasa and Mangudja till next year after ellections.Replacing Chinamasa with a failed brat is the worst performance of President Mugabe.I think yhis man is realy tired.he is old and nolonger thinks properly as Mandela said.

muroyi wa viola - 10 October 2017

Here we go, hence John Chibadura akaimba kuti "Pitikoti government"and siyanai neimba yangu. To hell with this so called reshuffle. Its all about the deadwood. Zim government has been captured by the G40 and the lady by the name Grace Goreraza aka Mugabe. This is peatcot government and it has shown the world that the Robbers and Muggers are being governed by kitchen politics or peatcoat government. Shame on Zimbabweans. Zvinonyadza. Bring on the TVs so that they can debate about where Zim economy is going. I bet all those recycled deadwood oo l would rather call them Zombies have no clue at all. Shura and Ambuya neHanda naSekurur Chaminuka varipi. Zimbabwe yenyu yaenda kumawere nekuda kumukadzi......Vakadzi venyu ava....hence l have never married a Zimbo lady because they seem to have the same character like the character of the Robbers and Muggers. Sorry not all but the rest have no manners like the manners dza Dr Amai ava. Nonsense is nonsense mhani....But the Croc is not like Amai Mujuru and l know that even the so called Robbers and Muggers themselves, are not sleeping because Ngwena inotyisa.....Come Congress.....ZANU PF yaenda. Musha wapara remember the song by a Mbira Group in Zimbabwe....Musha waparara..........Who cares.....anyway

Clemence Tashaya - 10 October 2017

nhai vamunangagwa ndivice president or vacard carrying member?

g40 - 10 October 2017

just like getting into the bedroom, push the wardrobe from where it is and replace its position with the bed then take a small stool & put it ehere the bed was and then put arms akimbo & have a sigh of relief & say,''i now hev a new bedroom!'' this is nothing but yet another diversion tactic while the bitter wars simmer in the hot & boiling jongwe hse.

SaManyika Chaiye - 10 October 2017

Mnangagwa is being kept for now so that he can help win ELECTIONS next year there after he will be chased away easily . But bcoz the guy is dander head he is not seeing all of that . He is gone he must start thinking of the future outside zanu bcoz he is going to be expelled or demoted after elections next year watch this space .

Diibulaanyika - 10 October 2017

from the might crocodile through a square nosed monitor to a useless lizard. hapana hapana zvaanomboita uyu. allowed and helped mugabe to consolidated power under his big nose since 1977 and now he knows that he is finished.

josphat mugadzaweta - 10 October 2017

People should not bother at all, Mugabe and his wife are authoring their own downfall at a magnificent speed.Grace has influenced the appointment of ministers who are at her level of thinking,that of a typing pool copy typist.Of all the appointments,could Chombo be assigned the strategic portfolio of the country's exchequer? Definitely the country's slide to 2008 meltdown has started moving at a supersonic speed.No two ways about it. Chombo would soon be political history,he is already on his way to a political cemetery where his former colleagues such as Rugare, Mutasa etc are lying in agony with no chance of resurrecting like the lucky Webster Shamu who has been assigned provincial minister at a considerable cost of self humiliation through grovelling and boot licking.

Gen. Spinola - 10 October 2017

The way I see it, this reshuffle could be a bigger mistake by Bob as this leaves the Lacoste team with more free time and huge incentive to plot against G40. They are now facing an existential threat and naturally that's a huge incentive for any one to fight, once humans are cornered our animal survival instincts kick in & this is now what bob has just triggered. Only time will tell

Mjombo - 11 October 2017

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