Zanu PF factionalism triggered mini-Cabinet reshuffle

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday reshuffled Cabinet, with Kazembe Kazembe and Jenfan Muswere emerging as major beneficiaries, Zim Morning Post can report.

Report by Nicholas Gochai and Fani Mapfumo

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday reshuffled Cabinet, with Kazembe Kazembe and Jenfan Muswere emerging as major beneficiaries, Zim Morning Post can report.

The announcement was given via a Press release by Misheck Sibanda, Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Kazembe will now head the Home Affairs ministry where he will replace Cain Mathema who has been moved to the Primary and Secondary Education ministry.

Muswere will now take over at the Information  Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services ministry where he was deputy minister.

According to sources, he was allegedly appointed to that post so he could spook on rival factions.

The reshuffle saw the splitting into two of the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Amenities ministry.

Daniel Garwe will now head the National Housing and Social Amenities portfolio, while July Moyo retains the Local Government and Public Works division.

The Tourism ministry, which was left vacant following the arrest of Prisca Mupfumira, will now be headed by Nqobizita Mangaliso Ndlovu.

The other appointments are as follows: Sekai Irene Nzenza who will now head the Industry and Commerce ministry, while Paul Mavima will take charge of the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry.

Marian Chombo has been appointed Local Government and Public Works deputy minister.

There is suspicion that Mathema was relegated to the less glamorous Education ministry for authorising the arrest of Jorum Gumbo last week on corruption charges that arose during his stint as Transport minister.

Gumbo is believed to be a Mnangagwa ally, while Mathema is allegedly aligned to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

Other deputy ministers are David Musabayana for Foreign Affairs and International Trade,

Jenniffer Mhlanga (Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises),

Yeukai Simbanegavi (National Housing and Social Ammenities),

Dingumuzi Phuti (Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services),

Raymond Machingura (Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development),

Tinoda Macharika (Youth, Sports Arts and Recreation) while

Clemence Chiduwa becomes deputy at the Finance and Economic Development ministry.

The  appointees are expected to be sworn-in on Monday.

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