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to unveil new cabinet next week
Blessing Zulu, VOA News
September 03, 2013
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Mugabe is next week expected to name his cabinet after Zanu-PF’s
disputed landslide victory in last month’s elections.
Zanu-PF sources told
VOA Studio 7 that Mr. Mugabe is currently consulting senior party
leadership, known as the presidium, that includes Vice President
Joyce Mujuru and party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, who is tipped
to become the second vice president to replace the late Vice President
But party insiders
emphasized that under the new constitution,
Mr. Mugabe alone has the prerogative to appoint ministers.
The party insiders also
say Mr. Mugabe will try to balance two factions in his party, supporters
of Miss. Mujuru and of Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who
are said to be vying to succeed the 89-year old president. But the
same sources say Mr. Mugabe would also like to trim his cabinet
from 42 members during the government of national unity to something
more easily managed and less expensive.
Regardless, sources say
Mr. Mugabe is likely to retain most key figures in their current
portfolios, including Indigenization Minister Savior Kasukuwere,
Mines Minister Obert Mpofu, State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi,
Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and Justice Minister Patrick
Studio 7 is hearing that
Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo might be moved to telecommunications.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara may also be part of
the five technocrats permitted under the new constitution.
Calls to presidential
spokesman George Charamba to ask about the cabinet were unanswered,
but Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo says Mr. Mugabe has the final
say on who will or will not serve in the cabinet.
Senior analyst for the International Crisis Group Trevor Maisiri
says putting the new cabinet together will not be easy.
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