Some leading options for Zimbabwe’s new cabinet

via http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=162440  by Tichaona Chifamba

Zimbabwe’s newly re-elected president Robert Mugabe is set to appoint a new cabinet soon after he took oath for another five-year term of presidency this week.

Though Mugabe has been in power since 1980, the new cabinet will see some key appointments as the president’s Zanu-PF party is to take over ministerial posts occupied by the rival party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the coalition government from 2009 to 2013.

The veteran leader has recycled most of his cabinet since independence, with the longest serving now including vice president Joice Mujuru, defense minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and national security minister Sidney Sekeramayi — who are all likely to maintain their positions in the government.

While retaining the bulk of his old guard, Mugabe is expected to blend experience with new ideas as a number of young technocrats have also made it to Parliament under his party’s ticket. The constitution also allows him to appoint five non- Members of Parliament to ministerial positions.

Following are some leading candidates considered for the top posts in the key ministries:

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture was one backbone of Zimbabwean economy and the country was fondly called “bread basket of Africa” before the sector began to wither since the early 2000s. In his inauguration speech, Mugabe promised to revive the farming sector.

The minister of agriculture in the previous government Joseph Made failed to make it past the party’s primary elections. He has often been described as Mugabe’s “farm manager” because he is understood to have given professional expertise at the president’s dairy farm.

Former local government minister Ignatius Chombo used to fill in for him at times when he was away from the office and vice- verse, therefore making Chombo a good candidate for the post.

FINANCE

The finance minister option is probably one of Mugabe’s biggest headaches. The person will be required to structure programs that promote productivity in all sectors of the economy — particularly agriculture, industry and commerce — and ensure that partnerships are done on a win-win basis.

One name that has been touted in many circles is that of current Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono. Bankers, however, fear that Gono is “adventurous” and is not afraid of taking risks, some of them with disastrous consequences.

Gono has admirers who credit him for keeping the economy afloat during the hyper-inflationary era up to 2009, while his critics accuse him of having plunged the country into an economic quagmire through his quasi-fiscal policies. His last term of office as governor is due to end towards the end of the year.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND INDIGENIZATION

Indigenization is the center piece of Mugabe’s election campaign. The policy, which requires foreign businesses operating in the country to cede 51 percent of the stake to black Zimbabweans, was touted by the Zanu-PF party as the next big thing after the land reform to truly empower the Zimbabweans.

For continuity, Mugabe is likely to retain the combative Saviour Kasukuwere in the position. Many foreign-owned companies are reluctant to part with majority shareholding in favor of indigenous Zimbabweans, and Kasukuwere has been hounding them.

Determined to ensure that indigenization of resources becomes a reality, Mugabe would rather bet on an old horse that has at least delivered something than experiment with new blood.

MINES

Mining is the new and potentially-strong growth sector for Zimbabwe. The country holds huge reserves of platinum, diamond, gold, chrome, and iron ore. Mining products account for about 60 percent of the country’s export income. The Zanu-PF managed to keep the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development under its control during the coalition government. Mining is also identified as a priority sector for indigenization.

Current minister Obert Mpofu will most likely retain his post as minister to push for the indigenization of the mining sector. Questions, however, have arisen over how proceeds from diamond mining in eastern Zimbabwe have been used, but he appears to have accounted for them in one way or another.

ENERGY

The portfolio requires someone who understands the needs of the common person and the requirements of keeping suppliers of electricity and petroleum products happy by ensuring constant debt repayments.

Mugabe has in his new line-up former energy minister Amos Midzi who had left government after losing in parliamentary elections in 2005.

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 17
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    Chombo, Gono, Kasukuwere, Mpofu, and Midzi. Really? Is this the best we can do? Bringing back the same old failures we have had around for years!

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    mambo 7 years ago

    It won’t matter who he puts in where. There isn’t enough money in circulation to pay the civil service or military. He will have to start printing Zim dollars again to meet governments pay bill, or risk civil unrest………………

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    eztechplc 7 years ago

    Just to correct something on Gono, he did not keep the economy afloat during hyperinflation…..instead he caused hyperinflation by printing more and more money, making it worthless…..Gono, literally distroyed the Zimbabwe economy by not following economics of the book. He caused a banking crisis which lead to loss of depositor funds…..he does not know how and what relationship to mantain with international financial institutions like IMF, WB etc…..He cannot balance between President Mugabe’s whims and compaign promises with the funding capacity of Zimbabwe as a country…..He is will be the worst minister, my prediction is that he ll cause the fall of Zanu Pf and Zimbabwe.

    Surely, His Excellence, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, would not want similar headaches coming in his 90s.

    NO TO A GONO MINISTER OF FINANCE

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      Hango Yapalala 7 years ago

      DR ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    Whomsoever was mentioned above has been made instant millionaires in the corrupt environment which is ZANU-PF. The leader milked the economy and is one of the richest political leaders in the world today.

    Mpofu has obviously accounted for the diamond revenue – shared between the Mugabes and some other ministers and used as a slush fund to pay for ensuring that the elections are held in such a crooked way that only one victor emerges.

    The lot would have been in jail for thieving years ago and would only be in positions of power in other countries in the world where corruption is the norm. The people suffer and the thieves thrive.

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    MikeH 7 years ago

    Alas, Zimbabwe is heading for the mother of all cock-ups, no matter who mugabe puts where.

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    behave 7 years ago

    Hey guys wake up this dynamic economic world needs someone who is able to take risk to get the economy moving. Gono is the best for this position all his policies he invented eg printing of money have been adopted even in UK though with a different name ‘quantitative easing’At list he aimed to have the country be self depended unlike using other country currency. Where are you the recession turned things upside down and left noone with any written policies to follow.

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      Mishy 7 years ago

      Behave QE or quantitative easing is not printing more money,it’s rather putting more money into the market which is already there. Apparently its USA and Britain eho are doing ths and it rides on Keynesian theory and Ben Benanke,the Federal Reserve chief has been pushing for this to encourage spending.

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    Marange son 7 years ago

    Nothing good comes out of Mafia gang. Do you really believe that they are there to serve people.

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    Washumba 7 years ago

    They are are going to use their last chance to loot because they don’t know if they are going to be able to rig again so they are are going to use this chance. Forget they are going to fix anything only fixing their pockets

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    gukurahundi (GNB/jukwa) 7 years ago

    mugabe is sick….puting those dogs back AGAIN..zim lets welcome bck Zim Dollars and Hunger and Suffering
    ASIJIKI…

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    HARVESTOFTHORNS 7 years ago

    I wont expect any thing good coming from this current regime cabinet. They are just happy to come back to positions which they become chief looters of the economy. This generation of greedy never ful politicians will bring zimbabwe to its knees worse than 2007, and blame those who are not in goverment for the collapse. They are one in destroying zimbabwe, they can wake up one morning and pass an operation clean up all MDC domains. The new same old cabinet will focus on eroding MDC and pocketing the remaining resources to themselves. Watch the usual cinema

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      my sympathy my friend. MDC died and was buried last month. Its hard but hey the dead usually remain dead. so so sorry

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    Forcountry for Zimbabwe 7 years ago

    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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    Forcountry for Zimbabwe 7 years ago

    Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.We can’t expect to solve problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it.

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    Mugandani 7 years ago

    Dr. Gedion Gono for finance Ministry. Go GG go.