LIVE UPDATES: Zimbabwe's NEW Cabinet swearing in

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07:00 – The job starts today as the new ministers will be sworn in shortly at State House, Harare.

07:10 – Appointed on Friday, the cabinet has been branded ED’s Dream Team by various sectors of the media and new faces in the cabinet are Kirsty Coventry, Professor Mthuli Ncube, Hon. Sekesai Nzenza, Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu and Hon. Joel Biggie Matiza.

Ministers:

Finance and Economic Development – Hon. Professor Mthuli Ncube
Defence and War Veterans – Hon. Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing – Hon. July Moyo
Foreign Affairs and International Trade- Hon. Sibusiso B. Moyo
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare – Hon. Sekesai Nzenza
Industry and Commerce – Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage- Hon. Cain Mathema
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development – Hon. Professor Amon Murwira
Primary and Secondary Education – Hon. Professor Paul Mavima
Lands, Agriculture, Water, Culture and Rural Resettlement – Hon. Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri
Mines and Mining Development – Hon. Winston Chitando
Energy and Power Development – Hon. Joram Gumbo
Transport and Infrastructural Development – Hon. Joel Biggie Matiza
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services- Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa
ICT and Courier Services- Hon. Kazembe Kazembe
Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Hon. Prisca Mupfumira
Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation – Hon. Kirsty Coventry
Health and Child Care- Hon. Dr Obediah Moyo
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs – Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi
Women Affairs, Community, Small and Enterprises Development – Hon. Sithembiso Nyoni

Deputy Ministers:

Defence and War Veterans – Hon. Victor Matemadanda
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing – Hon. Jennifer Mhlanga
Public Service , Labour and Social Welfare – Hon. Lovemore Matuke
Industry and Commerce – Hon. Rajeshakumart Modi
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage – Hon. Michael Madiro
Primary and Secondary Education – Hon. Edgar Moyo
Lands, Agriculture , Water, Culture and Rural Resettlement Hon. Douglass Karoro and Hon. Vangelis Haritatos
Mines and Mining Development – Hon. Polite Kambamura
Energy and Power Development – Hon. Magna Mudyiwa
Transport and Infrastructural Development – Hon. Fortune Chasi
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services – Hon. Energy Mutodi
ICT and Courier Services – Hon. Jerifan Muswere
Sport, Arts and Recreation – Hon. Yeukai Simbanegavi

Ministers of state in Vice President’s Office:

Hon. Vice President Rtd general C.G.D.N Chiwenga’s office –Hon. Evelyn Ndlovu
Hon. Vice President K.C.D Mohadi’s office – Hon. Davis Marapira

Ministers of State for Provinces:

Harare……
Bulawayo – Hon. Judith Ncube
Mashonaland West – Hon. Mary Mliswa
Mashonaland East – Hon. Apollonia Munzverengi
Mashonaland Central – Hon. Monica Mavhunga
Manicaland –Hon. Ellen Gwaradzimba
Midlands – Hon. Larry Mavhima
Masvingo – Hon. Ezra Chadzamira
Matabeleland South – Hon. Abednico Ncube
Matabeleland North – Hon. Richard Moyo

07:35 – Accompanied by by their relatives and friends, the ministers have started arriving at State House.

08:00 – Deputy ministers and ministers of state and ministers of state in the vice presidents’ office are also to be sworn in.

08:32 – The Minister designates take their positions, others greet each others and relatives take their seats at the swearing in ceremony.

08:48 – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived at State House and the new ministers and deputies will be sworn-in shortly.

09:00 – Speaking to the ZBC on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister designate, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo says the re-engagement agenda has been successful as a number of countries are warming up to Zimbabwe.

“In terms of participation in the international order, western nations were the first to warm up to Zimbabwe with countries such as Germany, France and the UK sending their representatives to Zimbabwe for further engagements. Zimbabwe has been informing all nations that the country is open for business, hence the need to be treated fairly on the global village.”

10:44 – After a long wait, the proceedings begin with the singing of the National Anthem. Remember, you can watch our live coverage of the cabinet swearing in ceremony on ZBC TV now.

10:50 – President Mnangagwa reads out the law that empowers him to appoint a cabinet and then asks the ministers to say out their oath of office as a group.

10:52 – The new Finance Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube is the first to sign papers before the President and his two Vice Presidents.

10:55- The new Defence Minister, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri is second to sign, followed by Cde July Moyo.

10:56 – Now comes Cde Joram Gumbo, who has been moved from the Transport portfolio to Energy, to sign before the President.

10:58 – Cde Cain Mathema, the new Home Affairs Minister, signs.

10:59 – Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Retired Lt. Gen Sibusiso Moyo is next.

11:01 – Cde Prisca Mupfumira has also done it.

11:03 – Upcomes the Agriculture Minister Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri, followed by Cde Sithembiso Nyoni.

11:06 – Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu, the new Industry and Commerce Minister, signs before the President.

11:07 – Then comes Dr Obediah Moyo, the Minister of Health and Child Care and then Cde Sekesai Nzenza.

11:09 – And then, Hon. Kirsty Coventry signs, followed by Hon. Joel Biggie Matiza.

11:14 – Ministers Joel Biggie Matiza, Kazembe Kazembe, Monica Mutsvanga, Winstone Chitando also sign in that order.

11:21 – Professor Paul Mavima is the last cabinet minister to sign, and President Mnangagwa now reads out the law on the appointment and swearing in of provincial ministers, before asking them to take an oath.

11:28 – Hon. Judith Ncube (Bulawayo), Hon. Mary Mliswa (Mashonaland West), Hon. Apollonia Munzverengi (Mashonaland East), Hon. Monica Mavhunga (Mashonaland Central), Hon. Ellen Gwaradzimba (Manicaland), Hon. Larry Mavhima (Midlands), Hon. Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo), Hon. Abednico Ncube (Matabeleland South) and Matabeleland North’s Hon. Richard Moyo sign the paperwork confirming their appointment before the President.

11:35 – President Mnangagwa now calls upon the two ministers of state in VPs offices, Hon. Evelyne Ndlovu and Hon. Davis Marapira to take oath of office.

11:41 – It is now time for deputy minister to be sworn in.

12:03 – After the swearing in, the President, Vice Presidents and the sworn in officials go for a photo shoot.


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