Zimbabwe’s military and war veterans get top posts in Mnangagwa’s cabinet


President Emmerson Mnangagwa has decided to go it alone and has appointed top military and war veterans leaders to his cabinet.

There was wide speculation that Mnangagwa would form a government of national unity but some analysts said he had little time to turn around the economy and could not do so undera coalition government as the next elections are less than nine months away.

Mnangagwa appointed Air Force Chief Perence Shiri as Minister of Lands and Agriculture and the little known Sibusiso Moyo as Minister of Foreign Affairs in a cabinet in which he retained 19 ministers who served under former president Robert Mugabe.

Moyo was the general who announced that the military had taken over two weeks ago  but insisted this was not a military coup.

The president also awarded war veterans leaders who persistently asked former Mugabe to step down, Christopher Mutsvangwa as Information Minister and Victor Matemadanda as Deputy Minister of war veterans.

New entrants to government are Winston Chitando as Minister of Mines, Clever Nyathi Minister of Labour,  Kazembe Kazembe who is Minister of Sports, Amon Murwira as Minister of Higher Education, Terence Mukupe Deputy Minister of Finance, and Pupurai Togarepi as Deputy Minister of Youth.

Mnangagwa’s cabinet has 22 ministers and 6 deputies.

Lazarus Dokora, who most people wanted to go, retained his post.

Full cabinet list below:

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