Zimbabwe: Mugabe Names New Cabinet
Live updates from State House in Harare as President Robert Mugabe unveils his new Cabinet:
17:47: A bit of reaction to the new Cabinet. Former Education, Sport and Culture Minister David Coltart says on Twitter: “I suppose it’s appropriate that ZBC is showing a 60-year-old cartoon re-run at the same time the new cabinet is being announced at State House.”
Coltart however pleased that his former deputy, Lazarus Dokora, will take over the Education portfolio after the ministry was split, with Andrew Langa now taking over Sport and Culture. Coltart says juggling Education and the other elements was “a lot of work”.
17:18: Agriculture will have two deputy ministers: David Marapira and Paddy Zhanda
17:17: It appears President Mugabe has appointed Ministers of State for provinces. We can confirm that Simbaneuta Mudarikwa is Minister of State for Mashonaland East province. There could be nine more for the other provinces
17:03: The new ministers will be sworn-in on Wednesday
16:51: In case you are wondering, Supa Mandiwanzira is the new Deputy Minister of Information.
16: 35: A smiling Jonathan Moyo says “ready to hit the ground running” after his re-appointment as Information Minister, a job he held between 2000 and 2005.
16: 30: Finally here is the CABINET:
MINES: WALTER CHIDHAKWA
WATER RESOURCES: SAVIOUR KASUKUWERE
INDIGENISATION: FRANCISA NHEMA
INFORMATION: JONATHAN MOYO
HEALTH: DAVID PARIRENYATWA
SPORT & CULTURE: ANDREW LANGA
EDUCATION: LAZARUS DOKORA
TRANSPORT: OBERT MPOFU
AGRICULTURE: JOSEPH MADE
FINANCE: PATRICK CHINAMASA
JUSTICE: EMMERSON MNANGAGWA
HIGHER EDUCATION: OLIVIA MUCHENA
WOMEN’S AFFAIRS: OPPAH MUCHINGURI
DEFENCE: SYDNEY SEKERAMAYI
INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND POSTAL AND COURIER SERVICES: WEBSTER SHAMU
HOME AFFAIRS: KEMBO MOHADI
TOURISM: WALTER MZEMBI
ENERGY: DZIKAMAI MAVHAIRE
FOREIGN AFFAIRS: SIMBARASHE MUMBENGEGWI
INDUSTRY: MIKE BIMHA
LABOUR: NICHOLAS GOCHE
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES: SITHEMBISO NYONI
PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS: DIDYMUS MUTASA
SENIOR MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO: SIMON KHAYA MOYO
LANDS: DOUGLAS MOMBESHORA
16:28: There was a funny moment earlier when the ZBC chief reporter Reuben Barwe was called inside. “Surely not!,” quipped one foreign correspondent among the waiting press corps.
16:24: Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Paul Chimedza, Larry Mavhima, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Fortune Chasi, Sydney Sekeramayi and Douglas Mombeshora are also in the building to pick up their letters of appointment.
16:23: Tendai Savanhu, who beat Eric Knight for the Mbare seat, is also at State House. That alone should tell us that among these names are deputy ministers.
16:21: The British ambassador to Zimbabwe Deborah Bronnert responds to a reporter’s tweet by asking: “Sounds like a crowd. Looking like another big cabinet or maybe lots of deputy minister nominees there too?”
15:55: Simon Khaya Moyo, former Hwange MD Fred Moyo, Walter Chidhakwa and Faber Chidarikire have arrived.
15: 47: Jonathan Moyo and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi also seen at State House.
15:45: Vice President Joice Mujuru also there.
15:30: Among some of the likely ministerial appointees seen at State House were: Joseph Made, Supa Mandiwanzira, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, Ignatius Chombo, Webster Shamu, Andrew Langa, Chris Mutsvangwa, Kembo Mohadi, Abigail Damasane and Oppah Muchinguri.
15:20: Reporters have been given chairs and told to “feel comfortable”, could be a while yet before the names are out.
15:00: Reporters start massing at State House, and some likely Cabinet appointees are also seen arriving.
14:00: Reporters summoned to State House for Cabinet unveiling.