BILL WATCH 43-2017 President Mnangagwa’s New Ministerial Line-up

BILL WATCH 43/2017

[2nd December 2017]

President Mnangagwa’s New Ministerial Line-up

Appointments Announced on 30th November 2017

Cabinet Ministers

There are 22 Ministers, compared to 28 following the reshuffle of 9th October; this number includes a Minister of State in the Presidents Office who is in Cabinet.

Deputy Ministers, the other Minister of State in the President’s Office and Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs are not in Cabinet.

Vice-Presidents have not yet been appointed – when they are, they will sit in Cabinet ex officio.

Name of Ministry

New Ministers and Deputy Ministers

Previous Minister/s

[for 8 weeks]

Previous Minister/s

Defence, Security and War Veterans

Kembo Mohadi

Deputy for War Veterans only: Victor Matemadanda

Sidney Sekeramayi, Defence

Kembo Mohadi, National Security

Cain Mathema, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees

Sidney Sekeramayi, Defence

Kembo Mohadi, National Security

Tshinga Dube, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees  

Energy and Power Development

Simon Khaya Moyo

Samuel Undenge

Samuel Undenge

Environment, Water and Climate

Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri

Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Water Resources Development and Climate

Edgar Mbwembwe, Tourism, Hospitality Industry and Environment

Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Environment  Water Resources Development and Climate

Finance and Economic Planning

Patrick Chinamasa

Deputy: Terrence Mukupe

Ignatious Chombo, Finance and Economic Development

Patrick Chinamasa Finance and Economic Development

Foreign Affairs

Sibusiso Moyo †  #

Walter Mzembi

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

Health and Child Care

David Parirenyatwa

David Parirenyatwa

David Parirenyatwa

Higher Education, Science and Technology Development

Amon Murwira *  #

Jonathan Moyo

Jonathan Moyo

Home Affairs and Culture

Obert Mpofu

Obert Mpofu,
Home Affairs

Ignatious Chombo,
Home Affairs

Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development

Mike Bimha  

Mike Bimha, Industry and Commerce

Mike Bimha, Industry and Commerce

Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security

Supa Mandiwanzira

Supa Mandiwanzira, Information Communication Technology and Courier Services

Patrick Chinamasa, Cyber Security

 

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services

Christopher Mutsvangwa #

Simon Khaya Moyo

Christopher Mushohwe

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

Ziyambi Ziyambi

Happyton Bonyongwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Labour and Social Welfare

Clever Nyathi *  #

Deputy for Social Welfare only: Joshua Malinga #

Patrick Zhuwao, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

Prisca Mupfumira, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement

Perrance Shiri † #

Deputy: Davis Marapira

Joseph Made, Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development

Douglas Mombeshora, Lands and Rural Resettlement

Joseph Made, Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development

Douglas Mombeshora, Lands and Rural Resettlement

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

July Moyo  #

Saviour Kasukuwere

Saviour Kasukuwere

Mines and Mining Development

Winston Chitando  #

Walter Chidhakwa

Walter Chidhakwa

Primary and Secondary Education

Lazarus Dokora  #

Deputy: Paul Mavima

Lazarus Dokora

Lazarus Dokora

Sports, Arts and Recreation

Kazembe Kazembe

Makhosini Hlongwane, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

Makhosini Hlongwane, Sport and Recreation

Abednico Ncube, Rural Development and Preservation of National Cultural Heritage

Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Prisca Mupfumira

Edgar Mbwembwe, Tourism, Hospitality Industry and Environment

Walter Mzembi, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Transport and Infrastructural Development

Joram Gumbo

Joram Gumbo

Joram Gumbo

Women and Youth Affairs

Sithembiso Nyoni  

Deputy for Youth Affairs only: Pupurayi Togarepi #

Nyasha Chikwinya, Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Nyasha Chikwinya, Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

Patrick Zhuwao, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring of Government Programmes

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#  not a Member of Parliament [see note below]

†  senior Defence Forces officer [see note below]

*  University Professor

Ministers of State who are not members of Cabinet

Title

New

Previous [for 8 weeks]

Previous

Minister of State in the Presidents' Office Responsible for National Scholarships

Christopher Mushohwe

Christopher Mushohwe

Responsibility for State scholarships was divided between the President’s Office and various Ministries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

Title

New

Previous [for 8 weeks]

Previous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulawayo Metropolitan

Angeline Masuku

Eunice Moyo

Eunice Moyo

 

Harare Metropolitan

Miriam Chikukwa

Miriam Chikukwa

Miriam Chikukwa

 

Manicaland

Monica Mutsvangwa

Mandi Chimene

Mandi Chimene

 

Mashonaland Central

Martin Dinha

Martin Dinha

Martin Dinha

 

Mashonaland East

David Musabayana

Ambrose Mutinhiri

Ambrose Mutinhiri

 

Mashonaland West

Webster Shamu

Webster Shamu

Faber Chidarikire

 

Masvingo

Josiah Hungwe

Paul Chimedza

Shuvai Mahofa [late]

 

Matabeleland North

Cain Mathema

Thokozile Mathuthu

Cain Mathema

 

Matabeleland South

Abednico Ncube

Maboyi Ncube

Abednico Ncube

 

Midlands

Owen Ncube

Jason Machaya

Jason Machaya

 

Gender Balance Not Achieved?

Section 104(4) of the Constitution provides that in appointing Ministers and their deputies the President “must be guided by considerations of regional and gender balance”.  But men predominate in the President Mnangagwa’s appointments: only 3 of the 22-member Cabinet are women; 3 of the 10 Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs are women; and all of the 6 Deputy Ministers are men.  So out of 38 appointees, six are women.

Appointment of Ministers from Outside Parliament

The President may appoint up to five Ministers and Deputy Ministers from outside Parliament “chosen for their professional skills and competence” [Constitution, section 104(3)].  Once this quota has been filled, all other Ministers and Deputy Ministers must be members of Parliament [either Senators or members of the National Assembly].  

There are eleven Minister or Deputy Minister that are non-MPs on the President’s list: Sibusiso Moyo, Amon Murwira, Christopher Mutsvangwa, Clever Nyathi, Perrance Shiri, July Moyo, Winston Chitando [all Ministers]; and Pupurayi Togarepi, Joshua Malinga and Victor Matemadanda [Deputy Ministers].  

Presidential Press Secretary George Charamba has given an assurance that President Mnangagwa is well aware of the constitutional position and alive to this problem and will find legally valid space” for them.  In the meantime they will not be sworn in they will not be sworn in – an essential requirement before they assume Ministerial office – unless and until the law is satisfied.  It is unclear what this means.  Meantime Minister or their Deputies that have not been sworn in cannot do their jobs.

Appointment of Ministers from the Defence Forces

Serving members of the Defence Forces cannot be Ministers.  The Constitution prohibits Ministers from holding any other public office [section 108].  One, therefore, assumes that Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and Major-General S.B. Moyo resigned or retired from the Air Force and the Army, respectively, before they were named as Ministers – or will do so before they are sworn in.  

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

Reminder  Under the Constitution, there is no provision for the appointment of Ministers for Provincial Affairs or Provincial Governors. 

Instead, the Constitution contains new provisions for the devolution of governmental powers and responsibilities to provincial and metropolitan councils, constituted by a province’s MPs, the mayors and chairpersons of the province’s local authorities and, in the case of the eight provincial councils, ten persons elected to the council by a system of proportional representation as part of every general election.  It is these councils which should be responsible for provincial affairs.

The ten elected provincial councillors for each province were formally elected as part of the July 2013 general election, but apart from that nothing has been done to implement the new constitutional provisions.  Next year’s harmonised elections will also produce 80 elected provincial councillors – the Constitution and the Electoral Act require it.  And, unless President Mnangagwa moves speedily to put things right by getting legislation enacted to implement the constitutional provisions concerned, they will, once again, be councillors in name only, with nothing to do. 

In the meantime those that are appointed as Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs can only carry out whatever functions the President gives them, but only provided such functions are permitted by law. 

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