Proof of pudding is in the eating

HARARE - Despite earlier criticism aimed at his capacity, Zimbabweans have so far seen an Emmerson Mnangagwa who represents a refreshing departure from his predecessor, former president Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe had become so predictable that anyone could foretell his Cabinet cast after elections. There were certain permanent features of Mugabe’s Cabinet and he never bothered to consider meritocracy in coming up with the choices.

Zimbabweans from across the political divide have thus welcomed Mnangagwa’s Cabinet that was sworn in on Monday, somehow effectively giving it the seal of approval.

Its diverse composition and the fact that it does not have perennial under-performers from the Mugabe era are clear positives that have perhaps swayed most Zimbabweans to throw their weight behind Mnangagwa’s Cabinet. With the exception probably of Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Sithembiso Nyoni and Prisca Mupfumira, the only other old faces in the new Cabinet are Joram Gumbo and July Moyo.

Moyo had a stint at the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry, from where he was shunted into political darkness following the infamous Tsholotsho Declaration of November 2004.

On the other hand, Gumbo spent decades as Zanu PF’s chief whip in Parliament, only to land his first Cabinet posting following the 2013 elections. Also, all the nine Provincial Affairs ministers appointed this time are new faces. This should pave way for smooth implementation of devolution if government finally decides to walk its talk.

On the whole, people’s judgment on the potential of the new Cabinet is not in doubt. What remains is whether there is going to be executive will power to let them do their work. This autonomy and space remains vital, otherwise all the excitement will be extinguished.

The proof of the pudding is indeed in the eating. Once they get to start work and how they will strike a balance between government and party politics will determine how successful they will be in their various assignments.

If they do not look at that seriously, their epitaphs could be written well before they even begin their tours of duty.

Hopefully, the current Cabinet is going to immediately expend all their energies on turning around the fortunes of the country and dump all self-centred traits that showed so evidently in previous teams tasked with driving Zimbabwe’s agenda forward.

Because of their ineptitude and clear knowledge that no one was watching their performance, they collectively continued taking — with the rest of the citizens in tow — the country astray. Today, Zimbabwe has, as a result, been condemned into the dustbin of failed nation states.

Comments (2)

There is still deadwood in ED's so-called new cabinet. Oppah, Prisca Sthembiso July Joram and these bad apples have spoiled that basket. The wealthy ones who have been shunted to shake shake house will be overseeing this new cabinet making sure it follows part principles. ED has not departed at all from his predecessor RGM if anything he has just bloated his cabinet. All though the president has sole right to appoint any minister his appointing of provincial ministers does not augur well with devolution and may perhaps be illegal. With those appointments there will be serious duplication of duties at provinces. There is already the Provincial Administrator now the Provincial Minister and the Provincial Chairman our small economy cannot sustain such luxuries hence we are doomed.

Sinyo - 13 September 2018

There is still deadwood in ED's so-called new cabinet. Oppah, Prisca Sthembiso July Joram and these bad apples have already spoiled that basket. The wealthy ones who have been shunted to shake shake house will be overseeing this new cabinet making sure it follows part principles. ED has not departed at all from his predecessor RGM if anything he has just bloated his cabinet. All though the president has the sole right to appoint any minister his appointing of provincial ministers does not augur well with devolution and may perhaps be illegal. With those appointments there will be serious duplication of duties at provinces. There is already the Provincial Administrator now the Provincial Minister and the Provincial Chairman our small economy cannot sustain such luxuries hence we are doomed.

Sinyo - 13 September 2018

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