DEADWOOD RECYLING

President Mugabe yesterday reshuffled his deadwood around but balked at bringing his wife, Grace into Cabinet.
Grace had insisted that she did not want the Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development portfolio which had less influence. She had demanded a more high profile ministry. In the end sources said, Mugabe felt that the time was not yet ripe for such a role.

Grace has revealed that she runs the government anyway, with the two VPs having to consult her at every turn.

The Women ministry is now headed by Mutare South legislator Cde Nyasha Chikwinya. It fell vacant after Minister Muchinguri was deployed to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
Marondera West National Assembly member Brigadier-General (Rtd) Ambrose Mutinhiri replaces Cde Matiza as the Minister of State for Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs. On Cde Matiza, Chief Secretary, Dr Sibanda said: “He is now going to be full time chairman of Zanu-PF.” Cde Matiza won the provincial elections held on Saturday.

Dr Sibanda said President Mugabe also assigned Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko responsibilities over policy coordination and implementation of Government programmes in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

“Information (ministry) for now will remain vacant and I think the appointment will be made in due course and Minister (Prisca) Mupfumira will be acting until a substantive minister has been appointed,” he said.

Prof Moyo, who recently won the Tsholotsho North by-elections had his appointment regularised and was sworn in together with Cdes Mutinhiri and Chikwinya. He refused to speak about his recent appointment although his Twitter account was yesterday awash with congratulatory messages.

Cde Kasukuwere said his appointment showed the confidence President Mugabe had in him.
“It is a huge assignment and I will discharge my duties specifically looking at service delivery across the country starting with urban areas,” he said.

“There is no room for lawlessness and misplaced corruption where people are busy lining their pockets with rate and tax payers’ money. People have to feel that they are being cared for by the State.”

He added: “People should also have access to land and I will also ensure that we protect the wetlands. We also have to see to it that urban transport is managed properly to bring back the glory in our urban centers.”

Cde Mohadi said: “I know nothing and I am hearing that from you as I was out of the country. I am actually coming from the airport.”

An elated Cde Chikwinya expressed her gratitude to President Mugabe for the appointment.
“I am calling upon women from all walks of life with constructive ideas to come and share them so that we move to a higher level. With women of virtue on one side and Jesus on the other side we will make it.”

Cde Matiza welcomed the development saying he was ready to discharge his duties at party level.
“It’s a great idea because Mashonaland East needs full attention,” he said.
“We should have enough time to restructure and ensure that all the problems in the province are solved. It is a wise idea and come 2018, the province will have the highest number of votes.”
Minister Muchinguri could not be reached for comment as she is reportedly in Ghana while Dr Chombo was not reachable.

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