By Peter Bolder
Professor Jonathan Moyo has been “reassigned” by president Robert Mugabe from the powerful Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development in the latest cabinet reshuffle.
Moyo replaces Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who was moved to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, formerly headed by Saviour Kasukuwere, who is now minister of local government, public works and national housing. Kasukuwere replaces rival Ignatius Chombo, who has taken over from Kembo Mohadi as the Minister of Home Affairs.
Mohadi is now the Minister of State Security, in charge of the spy agency, the CIO.
Nyasha Chikwinya is the new Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, a portfolio originally reserved for Mugabe’s wife Grace, who rejected it.
Muchinguri-Kashiri was booted out of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development following complaints by academics and students that the ‘uneducated’ minister’s presence there was hurting educational standards.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Prisca Mupfumira will now also act in the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services portfolio.
Retired Brigadier General Mutinhiri was appointed the Minister of Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs, replacing the only casualty in the reshuffle, Joel Biggie Matiza, who is now full-time party chairman in the province.
Meanwhile, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has been given more responsibilities, which include policy coordination and implementation.
The new cabinet was sworn in at State House in Harare on Monday afternoon.