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Jokes galore as Mugabe reshuffles cabinet

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | Reuters |

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe moved Patrick Chinamasa from the finance ministry on Monday to lead a new cyber security ministry that will focus on crimes on social media and other websites ahead of an election due next year.

Chinamasa was appointed finance minister after Mugabe’s re-election in 2013 and his move to head the new Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was unexpected.
Chinamasa was appointed finance minister after Mugabe’s re-election in 2013 and his move to head the new Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was unexpected.

Chinamasa will be replaced at the treasury by Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo in a cabinet reshuffle that also diminished the role of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen as a potential successor to Mugabe.

Chombo’s move, announced in a government statement, comes against the backdrop of a severe hard currency shortage that has dealt a fresh blow to confidence and investment in the southern African economy, which uses the U.S dollar.

Chinamasa was appointed finance minister after Mugabe’s re-election in 2013 and his move to head the new Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was unexpected.

Its creation comes after Chinamasa said last month the government would now treat social media as a security threat after accusing users of spreading rumours about shortages of basic goods, which caused panic buying and price increases.

The government has been uneasy with social media after activists such as pastor Evan Mawararire and his #ThisFlag movement last year used social media to organise a stay-at-home demonstration, the biggest anti-government protest in a decade.

Government critics took to Twitter deriding Chinamasa as new “minister of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp affairs”.

Chinamasa, a lawyer by training, will also be responsible for bringing to parliament a long awaited cyber crimes bill that criminalise false information posted on the internet, revenge porn, cyber-bullying and online activity against the government.


Meanwhile Chombo, who does not have a finance background and is a staunch Mugabe supporter who comes from the 93-year-old leader’s rural home district, was the surprise pick for minister of finance.

He will have to contend with a serious shortage of foreign currency that has seen U.S. dollar bank balances lose value against cash dollars, fanning a thriving black market.

The worthless Zimbabwe dollar was replaced by the U.S. dollar in 2009 but the economy has struggled over the past 18 months because of a massive domestic shortage of greenbacks.

As a result, cash, especially crisp, new, $100 bills, has enjoyed a steady 10 percent to 20 percent premium over dollars stored electronically in bank accounts – nicknamed “zollars” – meaning people have to transfer more than face value to the person selling the dollars on the black market.

When Mugabe said on Saturday he was going to review the performance of his ministers, speculation was rife that Mnangagwa, who said last week he had been poisoned in August, would be among the casualties.

Mnangagwa has come under attack from a ruling party faction that accuses him of seeking to force Mugabe to resign in his favour. The ZANU-PF is divided into two camps, one supporting Mnangagwa to succeed him and another rallying behind First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, who denies the accusations, lost oversight of the Justice Ministry to the head of Zimbabwe’s spy agency Happyton Bonyongwe.

Bonyongwe, a retired army general who headed the national intelligence agency for 15 years, will be responsible for new legislation and will supervise the election due next year, including determining which foreign observers to invite.

Mugabe, who has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980, has said he plans to run for another 5-year term next year, his last under the constitution, when he will be 94.

In total, 10 cabinet ministers changed posts while two were dropped entirely.

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  • Tochinja ma account names kkk

  • yaaa ma1

  • Bagele Girlie Mabona that’s your ministry

  • I’ll not stop talking, no matter the level of intimidation and threat.

  • From Finance Minister to Minister of WhatsApp and Face Book 📖.This is joke of the year 😛😛.

  • Makadii VaChinamasa,ndoziva murikuverenga comment iyi.

  • Uhu! A mathata!

  • Hameno ikoko

  • Hameno ikoko

  • Budget ye ministry yakamirasei

  • Budget ye ministry yakamirasei

  • Joke of the year

  • Joke of the year

  • So he is now facebook and whatsapp Admin?

  • So he is now facebook and whatsapp Admin?

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  • kkkkkkkk chinamasa addinim we whats app kkkkkkk this is nonsense

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    *Boko Haram Southern Africa* Power

    Who owns Zimbabwe???

    Is Grace Mugabe the God mother of Zimbabwe???

    Does Robert Mugabe really the father of Zimbabwe

    What is zanu pf in ZIMBABWE????

    For how long do we have to suffer in ZIMBABWE???

    Is it our culture not to stay together with our family and beloved ones in ZIMBABWE????

    So Mugabe’s family are the only ones above the law????

    Fellow Zimbabweans do you think or see 2018 elections yielding any favorable results????

    Are you sure that the armed forces of Zimbabwe will over power 10million plus Zimbabwean civilians???

    How sure are you that Dec 2017 it will be a happy year ending for you????

    Diasporians are you all living a lavish lifestyle wherever you’re outta ZIMBABWE???

    Graduates are you enjoying spending the whole day in the sun selling airtime and being vendors???

    Civil servants especially you *civil servants* is that enough what you’re earning and not receiving your bonuses????

    Pressure groups are you really concerned with some missing and tortured activists????

    Zimbabweans do we really enjoy our country being reduced to ashes and dust by these thugs and poppers????

    Zimbabweans are we satisfied with *bond papers*-as our national currency????

    *enough is enough* stand Zimbabwe stand up
    War vets sold our country to the oppressors and dictatorship

    *I’m sorry we the BHSA we don’t recognise this government of nonsense* if it means bloodshed let it be until we reclaim our Zimbabwe back😭😭😭😭😭

    Bashir *REVOLTS* Bashir *REBELLIONS*

    Backed by *chief group admin* _Patrick Chinamasa_

  • Vachinamasa mwana wenyu zvaakabatwa ane ma us akazodiii zviya

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    Zimbabweans lets not complain. at present how many of us have rushed to try and register for next year’s election to fight mugabe whether we win or not. we always complaining but no action. morgain is dying alone now and we have the gusts to critisis him. how many of us will be carrying our children on our backs to register and vote. so bad.

  • Tobva tadii paya, tobva takangamwa kuvoter nekunskigwa nemajokes #registertovote

  • Zanu PF has sank the country together with us. We are supposed to be outraged by some of this evil government’s actions but we find humor in their actions, we have been surely dragged down the road. The future of the country we all love has been at stake for quite some time but it’s still business as usual for us😞😞😞

  • minister of whatsapp,Facebook,what a shame!!!,,

  • minister of admins

  • Paying people to monitor wats app, facebook , twitter and snapchat hahahhha come on these people are serious 8r what …

  • Munogo rwadziwa nazvo zviri kuzimbabwe chete ,,,,,mazimba munoda kuita kunge munogona kutaura

    • khumz


  • I think Chinamasa is the happy minister on earth.

  • Majoke

  • Does he even have Instagram😂

  • Chinamasa you are a collateral damage. Grace Mugabe does not want you too close to Emmerson Mnangagwa. Emmerson is seen as a threat to her presidential ambition.

  • Sengu RaMudhara

    Chinamasa is a human “firewall”

  • Madness

  • Farayi David Kachidza zvotosugisa zvamanyora izvozvo

  • Idiot

    Chombo anaroy bag re $, saka shortage yemari is over

  • Group admin chinamasa, garwe rapinda tozvibvisa zviministry zvisina musoro