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Mnangagwa Appoints Son and Nephew to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Son and Nephew to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet
President Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Son David to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet (Image Credit: Al Jazeera/ZimLive)
Family Ties: President Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Son and Nephew to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet

In the wake of a contentious victory in last month’s elections, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has unveiled his new cabinet, which includes the appointment of two family members to prominent ministerial roles.

Family Members in Prominent Roles
President Mnangagwa, who secured his reelection in the harmonized elections held on August 23-24, 2023, raised eyebrows by appointing close relatives to crucial government positions. His son, David Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, now holds the position of Deputy Minister of Finance, while his nephew, Tongai Mafidi Mnangagwa, has been named Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Son and Nephew to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet
President Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Nephew Tongai Mafidi to Key Ministerial Positions in New Cabinet
David Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, the President’s son, recently graduated with a law degree from the University of Zimbabwe.

He entered parliament through the youth quota system, representing the Zanu PF party from the Midlands province. He will now shadow the Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, in his new role.

Ministerial Appointments Beyond Family Ties
In addition to these familial appointments, President Mnangagwa introduced changes to various ministerial positions:

Mthuli Ncube remains in charge of finance as the Minister of Finance.
Constantino Chiwengo has been relieved of his dual role as health minister, with Dr. Douglas Mombeshora taking over as the new minister.

Monica Mutsvangwa has transitioned from the role of Information Minister to overseeing Women’s Affairs and SMEs.
Jennifan Muswere has taken over the Information Ministry.
Christopher Mutsvangwa has been tasked with leading the new Ministry of Veterans of Liberation.

Former actress Tatenda Annastacia Mavetera is the new ICT Minister.
Sithembiso Nyoni has been named the Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Soda Zhemu is the new Minister of Mines.
Edgar Moyo, the former Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, now heads the Ministry of Energy.
Winston Chitando, formerly the Mines Minister, has been appointed as the new Minister of Local Government.

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