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Analysts Dismiss Allocation of Ministries to VPs As 'Damp Squib'

The allocation of ministries to Zimbabwe’s two newly-appointed vice-presidents will not provide any meaningful solution to the country’s waning fortunes, warn analysts.

The two vice-presidents will supervise and give direction where necessary to the ministries under their purview.

Acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa is quoted by the state-controlled Herald newspaper saying President Robert Mugabe allocated him the ministries of agriculture, health, lands, tourism, higher education, sports and small enterprises.

Mnangagwa is further quoted by the newspaper saying Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko will oversee the ministries of defense, home affairs, presidential affairs, transport, foreign affairs, public works and energy.

The newspaper noted that Mphoko would also oversee the ministries of gender, information, media and broadcasting and information.

Independent political analyst, Zenzele Ndebele, said the new move by President Mugabe is just some form of window-dressing.

“(President) Mugabe has run out of ideas and what he has done will not help the economy in any way,” he said.

Political analyst, Pedzisayi Ruhanya who is also chairman of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, said the allocation of ministries to the two vice presidents is not going to solve any problem in the country since line ministers will still be heading the same portfolios.