Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa named his new cabinet on Friday, dropping several ministers from former president Robert Mugabe’s era.
Seasoned journalist Violet Gonda tweeted that Mnangagwa had included renowned swimmer Kirsty Coventry as the country’s minister of sports, youth, arts and recreation.
Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has been replaced by Professor Mthuli Ncube, while the defence ministry will now be headed by Oppah Muchinguri.
According to the privately-owned Daily News, the ruling party was set to adopt a modus operandi that would give it more powers than the government.
Unnamed sources confirmed the development, adding that the president was going to "reassign many bigwigs" to the party’s headquarters, in a bid to strengthen and breathe new life into government, the report said.
"The changes are coming. What we are going to have is a situation whereby the old guard will go to the party and enjoy same perks as ministers. What we are saying is that the party is supreme to the government and the party must therefore have the power to recall some of the ministers from government," an unnamed source was quoted as saying.
The party’s legal affairs chief, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, said the move would effectively make the ruling party bigger than government.
Of particular interest is the new finance minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube. He is the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). As Chief Economist, he oversees the Economics Complex, which is focused on the process of knowledge management within the Bank and with its partners, and general strategic economic research within the Bank. In this regard, he supervises the Development Research Department, Statistics Department and African Development Institute. As a Vice President, Professor Mthuli Ncube is a member of the senior management team of the Bank and contributes to its general strategic direction.
Professor Mthuli Ncube, holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from Cambridge University in UK, on “Pricing Options under Stochastic Volatility” and was a lecturer in Finance at the London School of Economics.
Before joining AfDB, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Law and Management , and also Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School, all at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Below is ZImbabwe's New Cabinet announced by President Mnangagwa on Friday 7 September 2018.
1. Finance and Economic Development – Professor Mtuli Ncube
2. Defence and War Veterans – Honourable Oppah Zvipange Muchinguri-Kashiri
3. Local Government, Public Works and National Housing – Hon. July G. Moyo
4. Foreign Affairs and International Trade – Hon. Sibusiso B. Moyo
5. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare – Hon. Sekesai Nzenza
6. Industry and Commerce – Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu
7. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage – Hon. Cain Mathema
8. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology – Development Hon. Professor Amon Murwira
9. Primary and Secondary Education – Hon. Professor Paul Mavima
10. Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Hon. – Chief Air Marshal P. Shiri
11. Mines and Mining Development – Hon. Winston Chitando
12. Energy and Power Development – Hon. Joram M. Gumbo
13. Transport and Infrastructural Development – Hon. Joel Biggie Matiza
14. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services – Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa
15. Information Communication Technology and Courier Service – Hon. Kazembe Kazembe
16. Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Hon. Priscah Mupfumira
17. Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation – Hon. Kirsty Coventry
18. Health and Child Care – Hon. Dr Obediah Moyo
19. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs – Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi
20. Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises – Development Hon. Sithembiso G.G. Nyoni
MINISTERS OF STATE FOR PROVINCES
1. Harare – Unassigned
2. Bulawayo – Hon. Judith Ncube
3. Mashonaland West – Hon. Mary Mliswa
4. Mashonaland East – Hon. Apollonia Muneverengi
5. Mashonaland Central – Hon. Monica Mavhunga
6. Manicaland – Hon Ellen Gwaradzimba
7. Midlands – Hon. Larry Mavima
8. Masvingo – Hon. Ezra Chadzamira
9. Matabeleland South – Hon. Abednico Ncube
10. Matabeleland North – Hon. Richard Moyo
MINISTERS OF STATE IN THE OFFICES OF THE VICE PRESIDENTS
1. Hon. Vice President General (Rtd) C.G.D.N. Chiwenga’s Office – Hon. Evelyn Ndlovu
2. Hon. Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi’s Office – Hon. Davis Marapira
1. Defence and War Veterans – Hon. Victor Matemadanda
2. Local Government, Public Works and National Housing – Hon. Jennifer Mhlanga
3. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare – Hon . Lovemore Matuke
4. Industry and Commerce – Mr Rajeshakumart Modi
5. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage – Hon. Michael Madiro
6. Primary and Secondary Education – Hon. Edgar Moyo
7. Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Hon. Douglass Karoro – Hon. Vangelis Haritatos
8. Mines and Mining Development – Hon. Polite Kambamura
9. Energy and Power Development – Hon. Magna Mudyiwa
10.Transport and Infrastructural Development – Hon. Fortune Chasi
11. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services – Hon. Energy Mutodi
12. Information Communication Technology and Courier Services – Hon. Jerifan Muswere
13. Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation – Hon. Yeukai Simbanegavi