Mnangagwa declines finance portfolio

via Mnangagwa declines finance portfolio – The Zimbabwe Independent by Herbert Moyo September 13, 2013

Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly turned down an offer from President Robert Mugabe to be Finance minister, saying the job needed someone younger and more energetic to tackle the numerous economic challenges buffeting the country.

Highly-placed official sources say Mugabe, who agonised for over a month to appoint his new team, initially offered the Finance portfolio to Mnangagwa (officially 67 although some claim he is older than that), but the former Defence minister declined, suggesting his close ally, Patrick Chinamasa takes over. Mugabe is said to have wanted to retain Chinamasa at the Justice ministry.

However, sources say Mnangagwa suggested Chinamasa for Finance as he still has the vigour and dynamism to take up the challenging post at a time when there are high expectations government would turn around the economy now mired in deceleration after impressive recovery and growth figures since 2009.

“Mnangagwa, who has previously served in the Justice portfolio, is also no stranger to the Finance ministry having served there albeit for 15 months from 1995 to 1996,” said one Zanu PF source. “So that’s why Mugabe wanted to appoint him new Finance minister. However, because of his experiences at the ministry, Mnangagwa is under no illusions about challenges anyone who goes there will face.”

In the past weeks, Mnangagwa’s name was one of those touted as candidates for the post alongside Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority boss Gershem Pasi and chairperson of Starafrica Corporation and former Delta CEO Joe Mtizwa, before Chinamasa’s name came up.

In addition to holding various government portfolios, Mnangagwa has handled party finances — at one stage managing Zanu PF’s collapsed business empire. He is also involved in business as an individual.

Sources say getting Finance proved to be a major gain for the Mnangagwa faction which was crowded out by the Mujuru camp in the cabinet appointments.

“He (Chinamasa) proved himself to be a hardworking minister during the Global Political Agreement negotiations and the consequent inclusive government (with the two MDC parties from 2009 to June this year) where he fought hard in Mugabe’s corner and as a result it was not difficult for him to be accepted,” said a source.

Gono welcomed Chinamasa’s appointment saying he is “more than equal to the task” of providing strong economic leadership. Chinamasa had a brief stint as Finance minister from 2008 to 2009 prior to the inclusive government when the multi-currency system was introduced.

However, his critics say he might be an efficient lawyer, but has no strong credentials to head Treasury and has also proved hostile to business through his loud populist rhetoric on land, indigenisation and sanctions.



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    gukurahundi 11 years ago

    kuda kutevedzera gweta vedu Tendai Biti….kusanyara

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    tanda-fire 11 years ago

    Only Tendai Biti will be capable of taking this finance to another level.Lets wait and see vachizora-zora

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    Those who believe that Patrick Chinamasa is an efficient lawyer don’t know what they are talking about. The guy is no different from a law student in their first year. He has no clue on the tenets of the law. Regarding his prospects as a Finance Minister, God help us. This guy is worse than any of the past finance ministers. If you want to know what he is good at I will tell you now. He is like Jonathan Moyo – a bootlicker, who literary polishes Mugabe’s shoes using his own tongue by licking the shoes clean until they become shiny. And for that he has always been accommodated in cabinet from the days when he was handpicked from his then mediocre law firm to become Attorney General when he had no clue about criminal law. I say this because like a typical nervous and petrified wasu man, he used to make disastrous decisions as AG. In fact when Chinamasa was appointed from nowhere there was a huge outcry by Andrew Chigovera who was Acting AG but was superceded. Chigovera made so much noise that resulted in Mugabe creating the post of Deputy AG and duly appointed Chigovera. So what I am saying is that Chinamasa has not earned his current status but it is through Mugabe’s tried and tested practice of patronage.

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    tompson 11 years ago

    This is crazy mudhara uyu cant be a finance minister