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Jostling for Cabinet posts commences

Jostling for Cabinet positions has already started in Zanu PF, after the party secured two-thirds majority in parliament, sources in the party said.

BY PATRICE MAKOVA

They said the different factions in the party were busy positioning their members for strategic positions in government, after a shocking Zanu PF landslide victory last week left many cabinet positions occupied by the MDC formations vacant.

An official close to the party said that serious lobbying was underway with some aspiring Cabinet ministers literally kneeling before members of the presidium, particularly Vice President Joice Mujuru, begging for appointment.

Some were said to be now frequenting traditional healers and “prophets” in a desperate bid to boost their chances, the source said.

“Mugabe [President Robert Mugabe] is going to have headaches over the composition of his Cabinet. The different factions feel that several of their members are deserving cases in as far as appointment to Cabinet is concerned,” said the Zanu PF official.

Another official said many ministers in the outgoing government of national unity (GNU) would not get their portfolios.

The official said strong fights were on portfolios such as defence, mines, local government and indigenisation.

He said a faction aligned to Mujuru was of the feeling that some of its loyalists such as politburo member, Tendai Savanhu who won the Mbare seat deserved a strategic ministry.

The official said Mugabe was also in a quandary over the appointment of the second vice president, after the death of John Landa Nkomo in January.

He said the victory of Zanu PF’s national chairman, Simon Khaya-Moyo had effectively put an end to a possible bid by Obert Mpofu to succeed Nkomo.

“Moyo by securing a Zanu PF win in Matabeleland South is now saying to Mpofu I have more people than you have in Matabeleland North”, said the official.

He said in case Mugabe failed to finish his term of office, parliament would choose a successor.

The source said constitutional amendments were already being mulled, which will ensure that the MDC’s do not “resurrect”.

On Friday Justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa confirmed that after securing two thirds majority in parliament, Zanu PF would make some amendments to the Constitution.

Each province is expected to provide three or four cabinet ministers.
Efforts to get a comment from Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo were fruitless yesterday, as his mobile was not reachable.

7 Responses to Jostling for Cabinet posts commences

  1. Mutadza wa Hama August 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    We are mourning the death of a democracy in Zimbabwe.here comes Sodom and Gommorah

  2. Zwaks August 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    No post for Jona, hey izinto ziyajika mpela sama Mo, I thought you are also setting right for your self not only for others. Now what next mfanekhaya

  3. sam nzira August 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    ZANU-PF should have done a good job which some of us (outside the country )dont see. I hope they translate their populist policies to proper policies to attract further investments. That way my mothers with babies strapped to their backs beggint at traffic lights in RSA will be a thing of the past

  4. Biggie Taapatsi August 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I have all the faith in the abilities of the ZANU-PF Team. None can begrudge this great Party for out-smarting MDC-T at every turn, especially on strategies. If one wants to be honest, one can see the Party’s brilliance in every Agreement that they have had with MDC-T. Listening to most MDC-T officials, they seemed to believe that elections could be won on the internet and following ‘Baba Jukwa” and now they honestly believe the polls were rigged. They don’t tell us whey we should believe that there was rigging this time around but never said a word about rigging when they almost toppled ZANU-PF in 2008

    • robobo August 5, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      biggie please do not show your stupidity on this forum.
      The headline should be – ZANU CIRCUS IS IN TOWN.
      There will be more killings and car “accidents” than ever before.
      And that is if . .. . .Mugabe “win” lasts for a week !

  5. masiyambiri August 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    robobo i hope you don,t call anyone who thinks differently from you stupid.

  6. Prof Nkata August 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    chinoz should get a cabinet post, minister of finance maybe

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