Zim ministers quack over planned reshuffle
Lovemore Ranga Mataire
Harare – President Mugabe, always master at playing his card close to his chest, this week plunged his ministers into panic mode after announcing of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.
Mugabe used his party’s youth league national assembly last Saturday to hint of an imminent reshuffle.
While the President said the reshuffle was meant to layoff non-performing ministers, many belief the internecine factional fights within his party are the main reason for the reshuffle.
The governing Zanu-PF party is riddled with factionalism between the Lacoste faction allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the G40 group led by Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo.
So fierce had been the fights that the Vice President last week claimed he had been poisoned at youth league rally in Gwanda in Matabeleland South forcing him to be airlifted to South Africa for emergency treatment.
Mnangagwa’s statements at a memorial service of former Masvingo Provincial Minister Shuvai Ben Mahofa were immediately rebutted by then Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko, who asserted that the former’s had the effect of creating national disharmony.
Just a few days after his return from a South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission meeting in Pretoria, President Mugabe said there was need for serious introspection among cadres regarding their performance in both government and party.
“Right now I don’t want people to run away, but I must also do my own review on who have not pulled up or lived to expectation in government and I don’t think we must let the situation remain as is it. We need to change things by reshuffling certain individuals or removing them completely from Cabinet. So that exercise I will be doing, and early next week (this week) you will get the results,” President Mugabe said.
He said he had learnt with a heavy heart that some government departments were lethargic in implementing youth development projects. President Mugabe praised the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment led by Minister Patrick Zhuwao for launching the Zimbabwe Champions and Heroes of Economic Empowerment Revolution and Empowerment Bank, meant to assist youth venturing into business.
President Mugabe hailed some youth land beneficiaries who he said were doing well and noted the successes of the Presidential Well-Wishers Agricultural Inputs Support Scheme and the Command Agriculture programme.