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  • Ministerial appointments - Bill Watch 45/2013
    Veritas
    September 16, 2013

    Ministerial appointments

    On 11th September the President swore in Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Ministers, Ministers of State in the President’s Office or Vice-President’s Office, Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Deputy Ministers at State House.

    There are 26 Cabinet Ministers: 3 Ministers of State; 10 Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs, one for each of the ten provinces; and 24 Deputy Ministers [Total 63]. The corresponding figures for the 2009-2013 Inclusive Government are: 36 Cabinet Ministers; 6 Ministers of State; 10 Provincial Governors/Resident Ministers; 19 Deputy Ministers [Total 71].

    Cabinet

    Notes:

    1. Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers do not sit in Cabinet.

    2. The President still has the option of appointing a second Vice-President under the Constitution. Since the 1987 Unity Accord between Zanu and the former Zapu leading to the merging of those parties, the President has always appointed one of the Vice-Presidents from the old Zapu wing of the party. A replacement for Vice-President Landa John Nkomo, who had been one of the party’s Vice-Presidents, was not made by the party after his death in January. His successor will probably be elected at the next Zanu-PF national congress and then be appointed as the country’s second Vice-President.

    3. All Ministers and Deputy Ministers are members of Parliament, except for five Ministers who do not hold seats. President Mugabe has used to the full the power he enjoys under section 104(3) of the Constitution to appoint a maximum of five Ministers from outside Parliament [“up to five, chosen for their professional skills and competence, may be appointed from outside Parliament”]. The individuals so appointed, each indicated by an asterisk * in the lists below, were unsuccessful candidates for Parliamentary seats in the recent elections. These five Ministers may “sit and speak, but not vote, in the Senate or House of Assembly”. It is not necessary for them to become MPs in order to retain their Ministerial positions, as would have been the case under the former Constitution.

    Ex-officio members

    President Mugabe

    Vice-President Mujuru

    Ministerial members appointed to Cabinet by President

    Senior Minister of State without Portfolio ......................... Moyo, Simon Khaya

    Ministers [In alphabetical order by name of Ministry]

    Agriculture, Mechanisation & Irrigation Development....... Made, Joseph *

    Defence.......................................................................Sekeramayi, Sydney

    Energy and Power Development.....................................Mavhaire, Dzikamai

    Environment, Water & Climate.......................................Kasukuwere, Savior

    Finance.......................................................................Chinamasa. Patrick

    Foreign Affairs .............................................................Mumbengegwi, Simbarashe

    Health & Child Care.......................................................Parirenyatwa, David

    Higher & Tertiary Education, Science &
    Technology Development............................................. Muchena, Olivia

    Home Affairs................................................................Mohadi, Kembo

    Industry & Commerce...................................................Bimha, Mike

    Information & Communication Technology,
    Postal & Courier Services............................................. Shamu, Webster

    Justice & Legal Affairs.................................................. Mnangagwa, Emmerson

    Lands & Rural Resettlement.......................................... Mombeshora, Douglas

    Local Government, Public Works & National Housing ..... Chombo, Ignatius

    Media, Information & Broadcasting Services................... Moyo, Jonathan *

    Mines & Mining Development......................................... Chidhakwa, Walter

    Presidential Affairs ....................................................... Mutasa, Didymus

    Primary & Secondary Education..................................... Dokora, Lazarus *

    Public Service, Labour & Social Welfare.......................... Goche, Nicholas

    Small & Medium Enterprises.......................................... Nyoni, Sithembiso

    Sports, Arts & Culture.................................................... Langa, Andrew

    Tourism & Hospitality Industry........................................ Mzembi, Walter

    Transport & Infrastructural Development.......................... Mpofu, Obert

    Women’s Affairs, Gender &
    Community Development............................................... Muchinguri, Oppah

    Youth, Indigenisation & Economic Empowerment............ Nhema, Francis

    Ministers of State

    Minister of State for Presidential Affairs ........................... Buka, Flora

    Minister of State for for Liaising on Psychomotor
    Activities in Education and Vocational Training................. Hungwe, Josiah

    Minister of State in Vice-President Mujuru’s office ........... Nguni, Sylvester

    Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

    It is as yet unclear what the functions of these ten Ministers of State will be. There is concern they will take the place of the former Provincial Governors/Resident Ministers and thus dilute the decentralised functions of the new Provincial Councils.

    Bulawayo Moyo, Eunice

    Harare Chikukwa, Mirriam

    Manicaland Mushowe, Chris

    Mashonaland Central Dinha, Martin *

    Mashonaland West Chidarikire, Faber *

    Mashonaland East Mudarikwa, Simbaneuta

    Masvingo Bhasikiti, Kudakwashe

    Matabeleland North Mathema, Cain

    Matabeleland South Ncube, Abednico

    Midlands Machaya, Jason

    Deputy Ministers

    [In alphabetical order by name of Ministry]

    Agriculture (2):

    Cropping, Mechanisation &
    Irrigation Development ............................................. Murapira, Davis

    Livestock ............................................................... Zhanda, Paddy

    Energy & Power Development .................................. Musanhu, Munacho

    Environment, Water & Climate .................................. Musanhu, Simon

    Finance .................................................................. Undenge, Samuel

    Foreign Affairs ......................................................... Mutsvangwa, Christopher

    Health & Child Care .................................................. Chimedza, Paul

    Higher & Tertiary Education, Science &
    Technology Development ......................................... Gandawa, Godfrey

    Home Affairs ........................................................... Ziyambi, Ziyambi

    Industry & Commerce (2) .......................................... Chiratidzo, Iris

    Information & Communication Technology,
    Postal & Courier Services.......................................... Mlambo, Win

    Justice, Legal & Parliamentary Affairs ........................ Chasi, Fortune

    Lands & Rural Resettlement ...................................... Savanhu, Tendai

    Local Government, Public Works
    & National Housing ................................................... Matiza, Biggie

    Media, Information & Broadcasting Services................. Mandiwanzira, Supa

    Mines & Mining Development ..................................... Moyo, Fred

    Primary & Secondary Education ............................... . Mavhima, Paul

    Public Service, Labour & Social Welfare ...................... Muzenda, Tongai

    Small & Medium Enterprises &
    Cooperative Development ............................................Mukonora, Noveti

    Sports, Arts & Culture ................................................ Malinga, Tabeth

    Tourism & Hospitality Industry..................................... Kanhanga, Walter

    Transport & Infrastructural Development ...................... Kagonye, Petronella

    Women’s Affairs, Gender &
    Community Development ........................................... Damasane, Abigail

    Youth, Indigenisation & Economic Empowerment ....... Tongofa, Mathias

    Re-Assignment of Responsibility for Acts of Parliament

    Some of the Ministries that were set up under the inclusive government no longer exist, e.g., Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Regional Integration and International Cooperation and State Enterprises and Parastatals. Some have been split, e.g. Education, Sports, Arts and Culture has become two Ministries: (1) Primary and Secondary Education, (2) Sports, Arts and Culture. Some have been amalgamated under a new name, e.g. Environment, Water and Climate combines two former Ministries. It will therefore be necessary for the President to re-assign Ministerial responsibilities, including responsibility for administration of Acts of Parliament. Until that is done there is a possibility of public confusion about the areas for which Ministers are responsible. Responsibility for administration of Acts is invariably notified by statutory instrument, thereby enabling readers of Acts to make sense of references to “the Minister” in Acts which have been rendered out of date, such as “’Minister’ means the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs” and to give effect to references like “or such other Minister to whom the President may from time to time assign the administration of this Act”.

    Note: Section 104(1) of the Constitution allows the President to “reserve to himself or herself the administration of any Act, Ministry or department”.

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