Just in: Mugabe appoints deputies

Phelekezela Mphoko

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, as largely expected, appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa as his deputy, while Phelekezela Mphoko was the surprise announcement for the second vice presidential post.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

Mnangwagwa is now expected to succeed the fired Joice Mujuru as the nation’s Vice President, while Mphoko will fill the position left vacant by the death of John Nkomo almost two years ago.

Mphoko’s appointment meant Simon Khaya Moyo, a long favourite for the Vice Presidency, was relegated to the spokesman post.

In an unexpected twist, Mugabe dropped the chairman’s position.

At a Zanu PF central committee meeting Wednesday, Mugabe scrapped the post of a national chairperson, saying the two deputies will alternate in handling the duties.

In other announcements, Ignatius Chombo is now the secretary for administration, while Obert Mpofu assumes the role of secretary for finance.

Saviour Kasukuwere takes over from the deposed Webster Shamu as the political commissar.

Simbarashe Mumbengwegwi is the external relations secretary, Kembo Mohadi continues at the security portfolio, with Oppah Muchinguri being deployed to the transport and social welfare department.

Patrick Chinamasa was appointed to the legal affairs portfolio.

The secretary for science and technology post was taken by Jonathan Moyo, with Prisca Mpfumira being appointed environment and tourism secretary.

Sydney Sekeramayi will be in charge of the war veterans’ portfolio.