President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Friday, announced his much awaited cabinet which saw some career ministers falling by the wayside, while fresh faces were brought in.
The Cabinet was announced by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, in terms of Sections 100(200) (c ) and (d) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment No. 20.).
The biggest losers were former Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu and Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa who were dropped.
President Mnangagwa seems to have bowed to pressure to include technocrats into his cabinet by roping in businessman Professor Mthuli Ncube as finance minister.
Professor Ncube once owned the now defunct Barbican Bank.
Another new face announced by President Mnangagwa was sporting sensation, Kirsty Coventry, who now heads the Sport, Arts and Recreation ministry.
Zanu PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri was handed the powerful Defence, Security and War Veterans ministry, which was previously under Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
Monica Mutsvangwa will head the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services portfolio while Mangaliso Ndlovu was appointed the new Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Joel Biggie Matiza is now the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development while his predecessor Joram Gumbo moves over to Energy and Power Development.
Kazembe Kazembe has taken over the ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
Dr Obediah Moyo has been named Minister of Health and Child Welfare while Sekai Nzenza is now Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
Cain Mathema has been rewarded with the Home Affairs ministry previously headed by Obert Mpofu.
Those who retained their ministries include: July Moyo Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Sibusiso B. Moyo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amon Murwira and Paul Mavhima ministers of Higher Education, Science and Technology and of Primary and Secondary Education respectively.
Perrance Shiri remained Minister of Agriculture together with Winston Chitando who retained the Mines portfolio.
Prisca Mupfumira continues as the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality and career minister Sithembiso Nyoni keeps the Ministry of Small & Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development.
Ziyambi Ziyambi also retained the Justice and Legal Affairs ministry.
Below is a list of Deputy Ministers:
1. Defence and War Veterans – Hon. Victor Matemadanda
2. Local Government, Public Works and National Housing – Hon. Jennifer Mhlanga
3. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare – Hon . Lovemore Matuke
4. Industry and Commerce – Mr Rajeshakumart Modi
5. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage – Hon. Michael Madiro
6. Primary and Secondary Education – Hon. Edgar Moyo
7. Lands, Agriculture, Water, Culture and Rural Resettlement Hon. Douglass Karoro – Hon. Vangelis Haritatos
8. Mines and Mining Development – Hon. Polite Kambamura
9. Energy and Power Development – Hon. Magna Mudyiwa
10.Transport and Infrastructural Development – Hon. Fortune Chasi
11. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services – Hon. Energy Mutodi
12. Information Communication Technology and Courier Services – Hon. Jerifan Muswere
13. Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation – Hon. Yeukai Simbanegavi
MINISTERS OF STATE FOR PROVINCES:
1. Harare – TBA
2. Bulawayo – Hon. Judith Ncube
3. Mashonaland West – Hon. Mary Mliswa
4. Mashonaland East – Hon. Apollonia Muneverengi
5. Mashonaland Central – Hon. Monica Mavhunga
6. Manicaland – Hon Ellen Gwaradzimba
7. Midlands – Hon. Larry Mavima
8. Masvingo – Hon. Ezra Chadzamira
9. Matabeleland South – Hon. Abednico Ncube
10. Matabeleland North – Hon. Richard Moyo
MINISTERS OF STATE IN THE OFFICES OF THE VICE PRESIDENTS:
1. Hon. Vice President General (Rtd) C.G.D.N. Chiwenga’s Office – Hon. Evelyn Ndlovu
2. Hon. Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi’s Office – Hon. Davis Marapira