MUGABE APPOINTS NEW CABINET 07-02-07


Gumbo replaces Made, Mumbengegwi takes over from Murerwa, Ndlovu heads
Information.


BY OWN CORRESPONDENT

HARARE - PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday reshuffled his Cabinet, announcing
a few surprises although basically he stuck with the same dead wood which has
failed to lift

the country from its eight year economic recession.
Finance minister Herbert Murerwa who has presented the national budget
eight times resigned last month and has been replaced by Samuel Mumbengegwi
who was the minister of state for indigenisation and empowerment.
Analysts question how Mumbengegwi a historian with limited knowledge on
economics is expected to consolidate the economic turnaround roadmap
together with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon
Gono.

Some analysts said the move was to give Gono total control of the
economy as
Mumbengegwi will to understand the basic fiscal and monetary polices
being implemented by Gono.
Rugare Gumbo who was minister of economic development was moved to the
Ministry of Agriculture. He takes over from Joseph Made, who a dubious
minister for state agricultural engineering and mechanization was
created for him. Sikhanyiso Ndlovu who was deputy minister of higher and tertiary
education was the biggest surprise when he was promoted to head the ministry of
information and publicity.

Zanu PF loyalist Sylvester Nguni who was deputy minister of agriculture
would now head the ministry of economic development.
Samuel Undenge was also promoted to Minister of State for State
Enterprises, Anti Monopolies and Anti-Corruption., he was previously Deputy Minister
of Economic Development. Munacho Mutezo’s Ministry of Water Resources and Infrastructural
Development
is now a full ministry. Until the change he was Minister of State for Water
Resources and Infrastructural Development.
Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana who was Minister of State for State
Enterprises,
Anti-Monopolies and Anti-Corruption and also Acting Information
Minister
takes over as Minister of State for Indigenisation and Empowerment.
President Mugabe also appointed new deputy Ministers and reassigned
others.
Those reassigned are Rueben Marumahoko who moves from Home Affairs to
Foreign Affairs, he swaps positions with Obert Matshalaga who is the
new home affairs deputy.
David Chapfika was moved from the ministry of finance to the
agriculture Ministry.
The new deputy ministers are senator Aguy Georgias (Economic
Development), Walter Mzembi (Water Resources and Infrastructural Development) and
Tracy Mutinhiri (Indigenisation and Empowerment).
The swearing in ceremony for the new Cabinet Ministers and Deputy
Ministers will take place today at State House.

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