WASHINGTON DC —
The purge of government ministers suspected to be aligned to former Vice President Joice Mujuru continued this weekend with the firing of two ministers and five deputies.
This brings to 16 the number of ministers who have been fired since last month, including Mrs. Mujuru.
Those fired are Lands Deputy Minister Tendai Savanhu, Deputy Minister of Transport, Petronella Kagonye, Minister of State Sylvester Nguni, State Minister Flora Buka, Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Paul Chimedza; Tongai Muzenda (Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services) and Fortune Chasi, Deputy Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The letters that were disbursed Sunday were signed by President Mugabe, who is currently on leave outside the country.
Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to the president and cabinet, announced at the weekend that the seven had been relieved of their duties with immediate effect because their conduct and performance were below expectation.
Chasi, who confirmed receiving the letter on Sunday, told VOA Studio 7 he accepts his fate.
However, independent analyst, George Mkhwananzi said performance has nothing to do with the firing because President Mugabe has never fired anyone because of failure to discharge their duty.
Independent political analyst Charles Mangongera said First Lady Grace Mugabe is behind the purge.