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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe | credits:
www.telegraph.co.uk

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe reshuffled his
cabinet and appointed replacements for eight ministers
sacked in a purge targetting his former deputy’s allies.
Newly-appointed Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa —
seen as a likely successor to the ageing leader — retained
his post as justice minister while co-vice president
Phelekezela Mphoko was appointed to the newly-created
national healing, peace and reconciliation portfolio.
The reshuffle followed the dismissal this week of former
vice-president and presidential hopeful Joice Mujuru and
her allies accused of plotting to topple Mugabe, a charge
they all deny.
Former deputy finance minister Samuel Undenge replaced
sacked energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire while Tsitsi
Muzenda takes over from Mavhaire’s deputy Munacho
Mutezo, also dismissed this week.
Chief secretary to the president and cabinet Misheck
Sibanda said in a statement the appointments came
“following the relieving of former vice-president honourable
Joyce Mujuru, seven ministers and one deputy minister of
their posts.”
ZANU-PF party spokesman and former minister of state in
the president’s office Simon Khaya Moyo is the new
minister of economic planning.
Former deputy foreign affairs minister Chris Mutsvangwa is
new minister in the newly-created portfolio of welfare
services for war veterans, war collaborators and ex-
detainees.
Former information deputy minister Supa Mandiwanzira is
the new Information Communication Technology Minister
replacing the sacked Webster Shamu.
Prisca Mupfumira replaces the fired Nicholas Goche as
labour and social services minister.
Former minister of state Chris Mushowe becomes the new
minister of youth and indigenisation, taking over from the
sacked Francis Nhema.
The ministers were expected to be sworn into office on
Friday along with the vice-presidents.

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