Emmerson Mnangagwa catapults son into Zimbabwe cabinet – as deputy finance minister

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Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2017. (Getty)

Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2017. (Getty)

  • Kudakwashe Mnangagwa is 35 years old and sits in Zimbabwe’s Parliament thanks to a youth quota.
  • He is now also Deputy Minister of Finance.
  • His father Emmerson unveiled his cabinet on Monday.
  • Tongai Mnangagwa, the president’s nephew, is now deputy minister of tourism.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday catapulted his son, Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, 35, a first-time MP, into his cabinet as deputy minister of Finance and Economic Development.

Kudakwashe, a venture capital company, entered Parliament on the strength of a youth quota for the Midlands province.

He will replace Professor Mthuli Ncube in one of the country’s most critical ministries.

Tongai Mnangagwa, the president’s nephew, is also a newcomer, serving as deputy tourism minister.

Mnangagwa was not forced to appoint opposition lawmakers “because I am in that category of people who don’t want to do it,” he said.

He added that by not including them, he was ensuring they played their role as the opposition.

For the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, he appointed party spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa.

His wife, Monica Mutsvangwa, was transferred to women’s affairs, making way for Jenfan Muswere at the ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting.

Muswere was transferred from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, which was assigned to former actress Tatenda Mavetere.

Tinotenda Machakaire is the new Minister of Youth, who was split from sports, arts and culture, which remained with former Olympic swimming gold medalist Kirsty Coventry.

Environment and climate were handed over to Mangaliso Ndhlovu, a ministry that also dealt with tourism in the last cabinet.

Tourism fell into the lap of Ndhlovu’s former deputy, Barbara Rwodzi.

A career minister, Sithembiso Ndlovu, was assigned industry and commerce.

She finally resigned from the Ministry of Women, which she had headed for almost two decades.

Mnangagwa’s elections director, Ziyambi Ziyambi, has been referred to the justice and legal affairs ministry.

A major change occurred in the Ministry of Mines when the previous incumbent, Winston Chitando, joined the local government.

The ministry of mines was entrusted to Soda Zhemu, who left the ministry of energy and electrical development to make way for Edgar Moyo.

The health ministry, which reported to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga in the previous cabinet, will be headed by Dr Douglas Mombeshora.

Former envoy to the United Nations in New York, Frederick Shava was retained at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kazembe Kazembe retained the interior ministry and Oppah Muchinguri is still the defense minister.

Professor Paul Mavima will head the new Ministry of Audit and Skills Development.

The other ministers are Professor Amon Murwira, responsible for higher education, science and technology; July Moyo in the civil service and Felix Mhona in transport and infrastructure development.

Daniel Garwe is the national housing minister, while Dr Anxious Masuka will remain in the ministry of lands and agriculture.

The News24 Africa Desk is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The stories produced by the Africa Desk and the opinions and statements that may be contained herein do not reflect those of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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