WASHINGTON DC —
Jonathan Moyo bounced back Tuesday as Media and Information Minister as President Robert Mugabe recycled his old guard to occupy cabinet posts.
Mr. Mugabe unveiled his team at the State House with Moyo’s return being the biggest talking point.
President Mugabe finally announced his new cabinet more than a month after the July 31 disputed elections and two weeks after he was sworn into office.
Former Tsholotsho legislator Jonathan Moyo, the architect of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, bounced back as information minister replacing Webster Shamu who has been re-assigned to the Information and Communication Technology and Courier Services Ministry.
His deputy will be former ZBC journalist Supa Mandiwanzira, who owns Zi-Fm, an independent radio station licensed recently.
Moyo told VOA studio 7 he will exercise his duties in line with Zanu PF policies and Mr. Mugabe’s directives. He also spoke about reforms he may introduce.
MR. Mugabe appointed Walter Chidhakwa, who comes from Zvimba, Mines Minister replacing Obert Mpofu who has been moved to the Transport Ministry.
Announcing the new look cabinet, the Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said former Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa will head the Finance Ministry replacing Tendai Biti of the Movement for Democratic Change.
Former Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa takes over from Chinamasa as justice minister.
In place of Mnangagwa, Mr. Mugabe appointed Sydney Sekeramayi as the new Defence Minister.
Outspoken Dzikamai Mavhaire was appointed Energy Minister replacing Elton Mangoma of the MDC-T who lost his seat in the July 31 polls.
Former Minister of Youth and Indeginization, Saviour Kasukuwere was re-deployed to the Environment, Water and Climate Ministry taking over from Francis Nhema who was moved to his former ministry.
Kembo Mohadi retained the Home Affairs Ministry which he co-supervised during the lifetime of the unity government.
Only four women managed to grab cabinet portfolios – these are Oppah Muchinguri who was appointed Minister of Women’s Affairs, Higher Education Minister Olivia Muchena, Sithembiso Nyoni who retained her Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry and Flora Buka, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, who is being tipped by many to become the second vice president to replace the late John Nkomo, was appointed a Senior Minister of State.
Sibanda also announced that President Mugabe has appointed provincial ministers in line with the new constitution that dealt away with provincial governors.
Ignatius Chombo, who is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission for using his powers to illegally acquire several properties countrywide, retained his local government portfolio.
Chombo told VOA Studio 7 he is ready to ensure that all Zimbabweans have access to basic services.
The ministers and their deputies are expected to be sworn in at State House on Wednesday.
Of all the ministers and their deputies appointed by President Mugabe on Tuesday, none of them is from the opposition after the MDC-T said it will snub any cabinet post in protest of the July 31 polls which the party says was rigged in President Mugabe and Zanu PF’s favour.
Other ministers include the following:
Cabinet reduced from 33 to 26
Simon Khaya Moyo Senior Minister of State.
Flora Bhuka Minister of State in the President’s office.
Andrew Langa, Sports and Culture
David Parirenyatwa – Health and Child Care
Kembo Mohadi – Home Affairs
Oppah Muchinguri – Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development
Mike Bimha – Industry and Commerce
Nicholas Goche – Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Walter Chidhakwa – Mines and Mining Development
Obert Mpofu – Transport and Infrastructural Development
Sithembiso Nyoni – Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development
Simon Khaya Moyo – Senior Minister of State
Joseph Made – Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation
Flora Buka – Minister of State for Presidential Affairs
Josiah Hungwe – Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in EducationVocational Training
Sylvester Nguni – Minister of State in Vice President’s office
Cabinet has been reduced from 33 to 26
The President appointed 5 non-constituency ministers in terms of the new constitution. They are Prof Jonathan Moyo, Lazarus Dokora, Dr Joseph Made, Martin Dinha and Faber Chidarikire
Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs:
Bulawayo – Eunice Moyo
Harare – Mirriam Chikukwa
Manicaland – Chris Mushowe
Mash Central – Martin Dinha
Mash West – Faber Chidarikire
Mash East – Simbaneuta Mudarikwa
Masvingo – Kudakwashe Bhasikiti
Matebeleland North – Cain Mathema
Matabeleland South – Abednico Ncube
Midlands – Jason Machaya
Davis Marapira and Paddy Zhanda – Deputy Ministers of Agriculture
Dr Sekeramayi has no deputy at the moment
Ziyambi Ziyambi – Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
Alice Mabuwa – Deputy Minister of Industry and commerce
Munacho Mutezo – Deputy Minister of Energy
Simon Musanhu – Deputy minister of Environment
Dr Samuel Undenge – Deputy Minister of Finance
Dr Paul Chimedza – Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care
Tendai Savanhu – Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement
Biggie Matiza – Deputy Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing
Noveti Mukonora – Deputy Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises
Tabeth Malinga – Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture
Petronella Kagonye – Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development
Abigail Damasane – Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs
Fortune Chasi – Deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Fred Moyo – Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development
Walter Kanhanga – Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Supa Mandiwanzira – Media, Information and Broadcasting Services