BAD NEWS: Why Mnangagwa appointed Perrance Shiri and Sibusiso Moyo as Cabinet Ministers


The Lovemore Madhuku led National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party said President Emmerson Mnangagwa should be ashamed and reverse the appointment of “coup leaders” and military “friends” to cabinet.

President Mnangagwa was two weeks ago assisted by Army generals to take over power from his long time boss Robert Mugabe.

The new President immediately rewarded two of the military bosses who partook in the removal of Mugabe by including them in his new cabinet.

Air force of Zimbabwe commander Perrance Shiri and Major-General Sibusiso Moyo were appointed ministers of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, respectively.

Madock Chivasa, the NCA spokesperson, told New Zimbabwe in Harare this week that Mnangagwa should be ashamed.

“What is most disturbing to the NCA party is that the new President is not ashamed to use Cabinet posts to reward his friends from the army and his Zanu PF party faction.

“This is why suddenly we see a person called July Moyo being given a key Ministry of Local Government Public Works and National Housing, the army general who announced the coup, Major General Sibusiso Moyo, is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is supposed to be the face of Zimbabwe to the world. What it means is that the world must see military control of the government in Zimbabwe,” said Chivasa.

NCA said Mnangagwa was another Robert Mugabe.

“The rest of the Ministers from the former cabinet are being rewarded for betraying former President Robert Mugabe,” he said.

“The NCA has always said that the Constitution gives too much power to the sitting President to appoint unlimited number of cabinet Ministers. This is the power that was abused by the new President to appoint his friends,” said Chivasa.

He said the ascendance of President Mnangagwa was just the takeover of government by a faction of Zanu PF that had the support of the Army.

“This Zanu PF faction pretended that it was advancing the cause of the people of Zimbabwe by arresting criminals around the former President and It is however public knowledge that the whole Zanu PF system comprise of criminals,” he said.

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