Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's cabinet reshuffle quashed opposition within his government, state media said Tuesday, as the 93-year-old leader prepares to stand again in elections next year. In interviews soon after the swearing in ceremony at state house the newly appointed ministers said the vision is there from the visionary President Mugabe and what is left for them is to ensure it sees the light of day through different programmes and projects.
The changes were announced as Chinamasa and Mupfumira were reportedly out of the country on government business.
Other major casualties were Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was demoted to the less glamorous Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation; Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who lost the Foreign Affairs portfolio to Walter Mzembi (former Tourism minister); and Christopher Mushohwe (Information), who was reassigned to the Department of National Scholarships in the President's Office. Last week, she claimed that sections of the military loyal to the VP were threatening a coup if he is not allowed to succeed the president.
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President Mugabe's wife accuses Mr Mnangagwa of plotting against her husband.
Analysts said that the reshuffle confirmed Mr Mugabe's intention to crush the "Lacoste" faction led by Mr Mnangagwa, ...
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"It was a role that placed him at the centre of government, giving the appearance that he was more powerful compared to his counterpart (Phelekezela Mphoko)".
The row comes after Mr Mnangagwa claimed that he was poisoned in August.
Among those dismissed from their ministerial post, including Mnangagwa was former Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira, who was replaced by President Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, who was the Minister of Youth, Indigenizatiion and Economic Empowerment.
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The paper castigated ministers for "squabbling" as in-fighting intensifies between rivals competing to succeed Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980 and is in increasingly frail health.