HARARE – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is today expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle and preside over the swearing in ceremony of others.
So far we understand 3 ministers are being sworn in today, Jonathan Moyo, Nyasha Chikwinya and Ambrose Mutinhiri
Mugabe to jokes to waiting journalists: “what seek thee? Who called them here?”
15:20: Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Labour Minister Mupfumira have arrived at State House.
15:24: The swearing in ceremony officially begins. Jonathan Moyo is first to take the oath. No idea which ministry he has been given so far….
For the past two weeks the Information Minister has been in limbo after Mugabe ejected him from a cabinet meeting on a technicality that he needed to be sworn-in after winning the Tsholotsho seat in a by-election last month.
15:32: Nyasha Chikwinya takes her oath of office. Its thought she is the new Women’s Affairs Minister (still to be confirmed)
15:35: Mugabe now swears in Ambrose Mutinhiri as the Mashonaland East Minister of State for provincial Affairs.
15:43: According to Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba an announcement on the portfolios will be made soon.
He says the announcement will be made by the secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda.
The following are the new ministers
Prisca Mupfumira will act as Information minister
Jonathan Moyo moved to Higher and Tertiary Education ministry
Ignatius Chombo moves from Local government to Home Affairs.
Saviour Kasukuwere takes over from Ignatius Chombo at Local Government
Kembo Mohadi moves from Home Affairs to State Security
Nyasha Chikwinya is the new Minister of Women Affairs
Ambrose Mutinhiri is the Mashonaland East Minister of State for provincial Affairs