Mugabe’s new cabinet expected this week

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via Mugabe’s new cabinet expected this week | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda

President Robert Mugabe is expected to appoint his new cabinet sometime this week, according to a highly placed source.

The new cabinet is expected to be in place in time for the official opening of the eighth parliament by Mugabe next week Tuesday.

It has taken Mugabe more than a month to announce his new team, a sign that the ageing ZANU PF leader is grappling to balance his cabinet between loyalists and the young turks.

While the constitution is silent on when the President is supposed to announce his cabinet following a general election, the new charter is clear that Mugabe must be guided by considerations of regional and gender balance.

As a result of this, the cabinet is expected to have many new faces and the highest number of women the country has had since independence.

The source told us Mugabe and his team at Munhumutapa building have been consulting widely to accommodate MPs from almost all the country’s provinces.

‘This is the first time since independence that Mugabe is appointing a cabinet guided by a new constitution that stipulates he has to choose from almost all the provinces.

‘Apart from Bulawayo metropolitan, ZANU PF has MPs from all the country’s provinces, presenting a headache for Mugabe, who is known to consult widely before naming his cabinet,’ our source added.

Harare based journalist, Itai Dzamara told SW Radio that the delay in appointing the cabinet points to the dilemma Mugabe is facing to come up with a team that will transform his and ZANU PF’s international image.

I think he’s having a problem. There can’t be any other explanation because even the state media has gone quiet after initially proclaiming that the cabinet would be announced soon,’ Dzamara said.

Following ZANU PF’s two thirds majority ‘win’, the delay is being seen as a sign things might not be moving in the right direction.

Abednico Bhebhe, the MDC-T’s national deputy organising secretary, queried ‘what was stalling cabinet’ if ZANU PF’s landslide victory was authentic.

‘And so the drama continues. Now of all times when people want to make necessary plans and adjustments for their future, is this the good governance that is their everyday gospel. Zimbabwe’s politics is a nightmare,’ wrote Bhebhe on his Facebook page.



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    Guvnor 10 years ago

    The time to deliver had arrived and zanu muppets were too clueless to bring forth!

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    Tjingababili 10 years ago


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    The country can run on auto pilot it does jot need Zunupf to steer it off course

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    Kenny 10 years ago

    The first mandate for the minister of finance is to tell the gunners that their pay day is on 42nd of every month , and the teachers remain patient until we have cleared the uniformed forces.

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    cabinet or no cabinet……nothing changes

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    masvukupete 10 years ago

    I thot Bob told us before the elections, he doesnt “like” ruling on his own. Me wonders what has changed now. Where is Jealous Mawarire. Is he not infringing on “our” rights to “enjoy” a cabinet. And people always says he is a principled man. Is this not flip flopping on what he says. I think Bob’s main principle is to say something consistently and yet do the opposite consistently. He really is principled at speaking and doing the opposite.

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    insufficient funds 10 years ago

    if he makes a rushed decision u ar on him if he takes his time like he is doing u ar on him .This country is run by permanent secretaries ministers ar window dressers

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      masvukupete 10 years ago

      Why cant we be on him. We have to be on him so that he makes proper decisions. We have to be on him because he said he is able and the decisions he makes will affect my life and those of my kids. Kondozvaakada ka kuti ini ndinogona akatora matomu. No one forced him, he volunteered so we will be on him until he delivers. In my line of work I am expected to make decisions regarding my field of expertise with the help of those supporting me from other disciplines. However I am the last port of call in my field. The buck stops with me if I make the wrong decision, I cant blame anyone. The GNU was rushed out of existence because some people wanted ku tonga voga, so whats taking time now. I thot the “winning” team was raring to go from as far back as 2008 when they tried it on their own. So where is the going alone enthusiasm, pamwe team yacho irikunetsa kuunganidza.

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    Phunyukabemphethe 10 years ago

    we dont give a damn about the Gukurahundi cabinet!!

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      NANSI LENDODA 10 years ago

      Hayi booo ilizwe ngelethu sonke madoda lets support our President in his effort

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    OH! YES!IS HE NOT IN HOSPITAL ? BUT IS HE ALIVE ,PLEASE FIND OUT FOR ME ,CAN I START MY CELEBRATION SO EARLY? I dont care about what ever,Mugabe must be out of ZANU PF ,his age is realy raising some trepidations and all these kind of delays .

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    To be very frank with you the appointmant of a new cabinet will “The beginning of suffering

    The best way forward is for Mugabe to realise that he cheated by a higher margin and he should let the MDC-T make national decisions.

    So in a way things are better as we do not have a cabinet now. Once appointed we will be far much worse.