Two weeks after his inauguration, President Robert Mugabe is due to announce the long awaited list of his cabinet ministers this afternoon.
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15:34– Here at the State House is former Local government Minister Ignatious Chombo, Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, Paul Chimedza, Francis Nhema, Fortune Chasi, Joel Biggie Matiza, Tendai Savanhu, Supa Mandiwanzira, and Walter Chidhakwa.
15:39: Announcements yet to commence.
15:47: Kembo Mohadi, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Lazarus Dokora, Oppah Muchinguri, and Walter Mzembi and Joseph Made also here.
Press is called in by the Central Intelligence Director General, the presidential camera person, and ZBC reporter Rueben Barwe allowed in.
15:52 No-one from the MDC-T spotted as yet.
15:58- Anxiety is gripping in as former ministers pace up and down the corridors of State House. Savanhu has happiness written all over his face. Douglas Mombeshora arrives and he is in a hurry. Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo arrives.
16:05- Jonathan moyo arrives and asks journalists, “Chii chirikunakidza?”
16:21-All indications show the cabinet is likely to be recycled as most former ministers are seen milling around here with a few new faces.
16:26 MPs now outside, hugging each other and chatting. It appears the announcement will start shortly.
These are the portfolios\
Cabinet reduced from 33 to 26
Simon Khaya Moyo Senior Minister of State.
Flora Bhuka Minister of State in the President’s office.
Andrew Langa, Sports and Culture
Oppah Muchinguri, Gender
David Parirenyatwa, Health
Jonathan Moyo, Information
Walter Mzembi, Tourism
Kembo Mohadi, Home Affairs
Webster Shamu, ICT and Postal and Courier Services.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Justice
Olivia Muchena, Higher Education
Lazarus Dokora, Primary and Secondary Education.
Sydney Sekeramayi, Defence
Douglas Mombeshora, Lands
Didymus Mutasa, Presidential Affairs
Ignatius Chombo, Local government.
Obert Mpofu, Transport,
Dzikamai Mavhaire, Energy
Mike Bimha, Industry
Nicholas Goche, Labour
Sylvester Nguni, Minister of State in the Vice President’s office.
Supa Mandiwanzira, Deputy information
Tendai Savanhu, Deputy Lands.
Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Minister of State for Masvingo Province
Simbaneuta Mudarikwa,Minister of State for Mashonaland East
David Murapira and Paddington Zhanda,Deputy Agriculture
Munacho Mutezo,Deputy Energy
Patrick Chinamasa, Finance