Mnangagwa, Mphoko new vice presidents as Mugabe abolishes national chair’s post

via Mnangagwa, Mphoko new vice presidents as Mugabe abolishes national chair’s post. 10 December 2014 by Tawanda Majoni

President Robert Mugabe this afternoon named Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phekezela Mphoko as ceremonial vice presidents following an after-congress reshuffle.

The congress was held from Tuesday last week and ended on Friday, after which Joice Mujuru, Mugabe’s former deputy, was dumped together with several cabinet ministers who were linked to her faction in Zanu (PF).

Mugabe emphasised that his deputies would have no functions but to take orders from him.

“It should be noted that the deputies will have no functions. They will only receive instructions from me. So, these two and me are the ones that will be known as the presidium,” said Mugabe.

He said Mnangagwa and Mphoko will also become the new national deputies and they will be sworn in on Friday.

Mugabe named Ignatius Chombo as the new secretary for administration and abolished the post of national chair.

Obert Mpofu is now the secretary for finance while Saviour Kasukuwere was named the new national commissar.

The other members named into the politburo are:

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi (External Affairs)

Kembo Mohadi (National Security)

Oppah Muchinguri (Transport)

SK Moyo (Information)

Patrick Chinamasa (Legal Affairs)

Mike Bimha (Economic Empowerment)

Josiah Hungwe (Production and Labour)

T. Chizema (Health)

Chris Mushowe (Economic Affairs)

Grace Mugabe (Women’s Affairs)

Pupurai Togarepi (Youth Affairs)

Joram Gumbo (Education)

Thokozile Mathuthu (Gender)

Joshua Malinga (Disabled Affairs)

Cain Mathema (Land Reform)

Jonathan Moyo (Science and Technology)

Sithembiso Nyoni (Business Liaison)

Prisca Mupfumira (Environment and Tourism)

Sydney Sekeramayi (War Vets Affairs)

Sekeramayi will be deputised by Chris Mutsvangwa who will also sit in the politburo.

Mugabe will also name his new cabinet on Friday.


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    and so the circle of close associates becomes ever more venal and ever less competent … silly old man in his 90’s

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    The Muppet show is in town. Or should I say the puppet Show.

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    Some time ago it was reported that the Chinese had demanded this as a prerequisite to support. No, Zim will never be a colony again. Unelectable but still No.2. Boggles the mind, the curse placed on the country.

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    chikangalafula moses shoko 7 years ago


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    patterson 7 years ago

    new begining fo zim with 1remote controller

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    patterson 7 years ago

    robotics in action.1 remote 1operator

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    ndalamo 7 years ago

    SK Moyo to remain national chairman, what is it all about

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    Chanisa 7 years ago

    No guys, let’s be sober about this. This is a political party minding its own business. We belong to the national level. Party housekeeping only shuffles our electoral options. This is better than the interminable stupor in national politics so far – Tsvangirai approving himself in the mirror, Mugabe running away from his nemesis (the one he has made 1st Vice Prez), and the smaller guys scurrying about intellectually. Chickens are known to roost eventually. So now we have three enemies in the Presidium. It’s a fascinating scenario. Whatever Munangangwa has on Mugabe is portent stuff that we will not know in the medium term given this new configuration. Mphoko (whoever he is, but whom I have gathered is a man of some rank) comes in to keep the Unity Accord consummated while locking an eagle eye on the architect of Gukurahundi, for the comfort of his countrymen.

    If we don’t like this we can always cast around for choices. Besides, 4 years is long enough for us to assess the seismic shifts that result from this, if any. I think its a good arrangement, supervised, as it shall be, by none other than the First Lady. What more unity do you want?

    Our mother Mujuru got what was coming to her. Politics is for viragos. Mugabe has had the habit of hiding behind whimps, until now. Since power is never given but taken, you must give Munangagwa some kudos here. We want leaders who know how to acquire and wield power. What remains to be seen is if this will not be guided by opportunism masquerading as principle. If Mujuru decides to reclaim her dignity by assembling a new parade then fine and good, but you know as I do that this is just a theoretical proposition, like life on Mars.

    Lets roll.

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    The Die has been cast. Poor poor Grace. She had her time to shine. She is now going to deal with having to dance with the snakes. In fact if she was a red Indian her new name would be” Dances with the snakes”. I have said before Mugabe is suffering from bad bouts of dementia. I stand vindicated. When he said PASI NE ZANU PF that finalized my diagnosis. He for once has been manipulated.Like Samson he has been Delialaed. He is now going to feel how good it was with Mujuru. Look at the people he has chosen. If Grace dare leave him alone they will find him DEAD OF NATURAL CAUSES that are unnatural. She thinks being who she is will save her when the husband is no longer around. Big mistake. What does this mean for suffering Zimbabweans? The chimes of freedom are upon us. Just around the corner lies freedom and emancipation. We have to grasp it. The windows of opportunity are around the corner. I can smell it. Freedom I mean. To those sensible ones in the armed forces. Do not fire or beat up your fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. We have to exorcise this demon.

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    Michael 7 years ago

    The latest report is that somebody spread some cyanide in Mnangagwe’s office and his secretary got infected and rushed to hospital. This couldhave ben done to get Mujuru and others arrested on a charge of attempted murder. Once arrested the cyanide process will be applied to her and her supporters.

    She and some others better get out of Zimbabwe quickly or she will be dead.

    This Mnangagwa murdered more people in Zimbabwe than anybody else – probably also Mujuru’s husband – so the cruel Mugabe woill be succeeded by the crueler Mnangagwa, What a fate is awaiting the poor Zimbabweans!!!

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      Chanisa 7 years ago

      Not a far-fetched hypothesis. Or the girl was the target.

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    Tinomunamataishe 7 years ago

    So Mugabe is now the President, Secretary General and Chairman of Zanu PF. I think he wishes he could also become Vice President and abolish the ‘problematic’ VP posts but at least for now he has told those guys that they are ceremonial.

    That’s what power hunger does – you never have enough.

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    Mphoko…..who is he?