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Zimbabwe: President Appoints Son, Nephew as Deputy Ministers

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday catapulted his son, 35-year-old Kudakwashe Mnangagwa — a first-time legislator – into ...

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday catapulted his son, 35-year-old Kudakwashe Mnangagwa — a first-time legislator – into his cabinet as the deputy minister of finance and economic development. 

 Kudakwashe, a venture capitalist, made it into parliament under a youth quota for the Midlands province.

He will deputise to Professor Mthuli Ncube in one of the embattled country's most critical ministries. Tongai Mnangagwa, a nephew of the president, is also a new entrant, as deputy minister of tourism.

Mnangagwa was not compelled to appoint opposition legislators "because I am in that category of people who do not want to do it," he said. He added that by not including them, he was making sure they played their part as an opposition.

For the war veterans ministry, he appointed party spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa. His wife, Monica Mutsvangwa, was moved to women's affairs, making way for Jenfan Muswere at the information, publicity and broadcasting services ministry.

Muswere was moved from the information communication and technology ministry, which was assigned to former actress Tatenda Mavetere. Tinotenda Machakaire is the new minister of youth, which was split from sports, arts, and culture, which remained with former Olympic swimming gold medalist Kirsty Coventry.

Zimbabwe: President Appoints Son, Nephew as Deputy Ministers 

Environment and climate was given to Mangaliso Ndhlovu, a ministry that also encompassed tourism in the last cabinet. Tourism landed on the lap of Ndhlovu's former deputy Barbara Rwodzi. A career cabinet minister, Sithembiso Ndlovu, was allocated industry and commerce.

She finally stepped down from the women's affairs ministry that she had been at the helm of for almost two decades. Mnangagwa's chief elections officer, Ziyambi Ziyambi was sent back to the ministry of justice and legal affairs.

Meanwhile, while addressing journalists at State House, Mnangagwa when asked why he has reappointed Coventry said he was happy with how she has performed in government. “I have reappointed her because l am happy with her performance. Whoever was not impressed by her can appoint someone else when they become president,” he said.

There are no members of the opposition in the cabinet. Mnangagwa said he doesn’t need to appoint the opposition. The opposition would enjoy to be in actual opposition, rather than be in government then fail to do their opposition,” said Mnangagwa.

Douglas Mombeshora is the country’s new minister of health, relieving vice-president Constantino Chiwenga who served a dual role as health minister. Mombeshora was deputy health minister during the country’s typhoid outbreak from October 2011 to June 2012. - Online Sources 

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