Friday 17 August 2018

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa names senior military officials to cabinet posts

Mr Mnangagwa is sworn in. Photo: AP
Mr Mnangagwa is sworn in. Photo: AP

Emelia Sithole-Matarise

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, appointed senior military officials to top posts in his new cabinet and chose a veteran cabinet minister to head the finance ministry.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as president last Friday after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit under pressure from the army.

He named Patrick Chinamasa as finance minister, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri land minister and Major General Sibusiso Moyo foreign minister, among other appointments.

He also brought back many faces from the Robert Mugabe era, which could disapppoint Zimbabweans who had been expecting a broad-based government and a break with the past.

Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia arrive at the Zimbabwe presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare. Photo: AP
Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia arrive at the Zimbabwe presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare. Photo: AP

Chinamasa, a former finance minister in Mugabe's government, moved to a newly created ministry of cyber security in a reshuffle last month. The cyber portfolio has been folded into the information ministry headed by a former deputy minister in Mugabe's government, Supa Mandiwanzira.

Mnangagwa is under pressure to deliver, especially on the economy, which is in the grip of severe foreign currency shortages that have seen banks failing to give customers cash.

He told heads of government ministries on Tuesday that he was putting together a "leaner" government, which would see the merging of some departments to enhance efficiency.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, center-right, arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, center-right, arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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