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Mnangagwa dumps Obert Mpofu

by Staff reporter
07 Sep 2018 at 16:11hrs | Views
Former Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu has been left out of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new lean cabinet, which does not include long serving members such as Simon Khaya Moyo, Patrick Chinamasa, Mike Bimha, Mike Bimha, David Parirenyatwa, Chris Mushohwe and Supa Mandiwanzira.

This is thought to be a response to public demand that corrupt Zanu-PF officials must not be appointed into cabinet positions. Obert Mpofu stands accused of corruption in the running of the Ministry of mines during his era as minister of the portfolio.

Mpofu has been replaced with Cain Mathema in the ministry of Home Affairs.

There are only 20 ministers from 33.

Addressing the media, President Mnangagwa said the new Cabinet will be result-oriented and all ministries will be mandated to release performance results every 100 days.
 
"We want to grow, modernise and mechanise the economy. We believe in the next five years we will be able to transform our people into middle income citizens.
 
"We will continue with our 100 days where Ministries will be expected to publish their 100 day results. These appointments will be results oriented. We decided to run with a 20 member Cabinet which we believe will go in line with our current challenges," said Mnangagwa.
 
The President also appointed youthful Bulilima East member of parliament Mangaliso Ndlovu as Minister of Industry and Commerce and Oppah Muchinguri as minister of Defence and War Veterans.
 
Other new faces in the Cabinet include academic, former Herald columnist and Renco mine community trust chair Sekesai Nzenza and Youth Sport, Art and Recreation Kirsty Coventry who now has to deal with the chaos at both Zifa and the Rugby union, the corruption at ZCU, the shambolic state of the Sports Commission, a youth population which is desperate for jobs and upliftment and an arts sector, which has over the years not been recognised for its work.

Former Chitungwiza Hospital chief executive, Obadiah Moyo, has been appointed minister of Health and Child Welfare, taking over from long-serving David Parerinyatwa.
 
Joel Biggie Matiza, has been appointed minister of Transport replacing Jorum Gumbo, whilst Kazembe Kazembe has been appointed minister of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has been given to Monica Mutsvangwa.

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