Mnangagwa's new cabinet 'disappoints'
Some have criticised the new list which includes two army generals who played a major role in the removal of former President Robert Mugabe.
Opposition figure Tendai Biti said that Zimbabweans may have "been naive" in hoping that the new administration will bring about change:
Up until now , we had given the putsch the benefit of the doubt . We did so in the genuine , perhaps naive view that the country could actually move foward.We craved for change , peace & stability in our country . How wrong we were.— TENDAI BITI (@BitiTendai) November 30, 2017
A minister who served in Mr Mugabe's government said the changes mean that the governing Zanu-PF party is "dead":
The elephant in the room at State House in Zimbabwe is that, thanks to Chiwenga's coup d'etat, Zanu PF has gone with President Mugabe. Yes, Zanu PF is dead. The de facto ruling party is now ZDF. While Mnangagwa is de jure head of state, the de facto President is General Chiwenga!— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) November 30, 2017
Another tweeterer used an old furniture to mock the new team:
The new cabinet. pic.twitter.com/AcZGuNEQ98— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) December 1, 2017
Zimbabwe's only independent MP is however among Zimbabweans who have chosen to praise specific appointments rather than criticise the entire team.
Allow me to start by applauding all the new ministers, I do pray that they will work progressively for Zimbabwe.— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) December 1, 2017
Where I am certain that we are home and dry, is in the Ministry of Lands and Agriculture. The Air Marshall is a competent farmer, a discipline man and he is practical
The appointment of Christopher Mutsvangwa, the war veterans group chairman, as the information minister, has specially been well received:
Welcome the new cabinet of Zimbabwe! If it's true I'm disappointed it's still dominated by the old guard, tested & failed. I'm impressed with the appointment of Christopher Mutsvangwa as the minister of Information & Media. Mr President we needed more young people in your cabinet pic.twitter.com/Gi6KTFSIcT— EZRA SIBANDA (@EZRATSHISA) November 30, 2017