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Zimbabweans Unhappy With Appointment of Army Chiefs to Crucial Cabinet Slots

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed senior military officers to powerful cabinet slots after dropping some of former President Robert Mugabe’s ministers.

In a statement released on Thursday, November 30, Mnangagwa (The Crocodile) appointed a 22-member cabinet that comprised of both old and new faces among them two senior military officers. However, not everyone seems happy with the appointments.

“As things stand, we are now dealing with a junta. We thought the military coup was meant to bring change but clearly it was to protect the private interests of certain individuals,” says Tendai Biti, ex-finance minister, as quoted by The Guardian.

Zimbabweans are not happy with appointment of military chiefs to crucial cabinet slots

President Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints fresh cabinet. Photo: Reuters

Major-General Sibusiso Moyo, the army general who went on live state TV and announced to the world that the military had taken over from Mugabe, is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Zimbabweans are not happy with appointment of military chiefs to crucial cabinet slots

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Major General Sibusiso Moyo. Photo: AP

Zimbabwe’s Air Marshall Perrance Shiri has been appointed the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement.

Zimbabweans are not happy with appointment of military chiefs to crucial cabinet slots

Patrick Chinamasa appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.Photo:BBC.

Other new cabinet members reportedly picked from the army include President Mnangagwa’s alleged long-time friends July Moyo, Patrick Chinamasa and Simon Moyo.

July Moyo will now be the Minister of Local Government, whereas Simon Moyo will take charge of the Ministry of Energy and Power Development. Chinamasa becomes the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning — arguably the most powerful ministry in any government.

Appointment of the fresh cabinet has evoked mixed reactions from Zimbabweans and some local leaders and even activists, with many feeling betrayed.

“It’s very concerning that very little change has taken place despite the struggle that is ongoing to open up Zimbabwe’s political space,” says Doug Coltart, a Zimbabwe-based human rights activist.

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