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Senior military officers appointed to Zimbabwe cabinet

Military men in new Zimbabwe cabinetZimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, appointed senior military officials to top posts in his new cabinet and chose a veteran cabinet minister to head the finance ministry.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as president last Friday after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit under pressure from the army.

He named Patrick Chinamasa as finance minister, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri land minister and Major General Sibusiso Moyo foreign minister, among other appointments.

He also brought back faces from the Robert Mugabe era, which could disappoint Zimbabweans expecting a broad-based government and a break with the past.

Chinamasa, a former finance minister in Mugabe’s government, moved to a newly created ministry of cyber security in a reshuffle last month. The cyber portfolio has been folded into the information ministry headed by a minister in Mugabe’s government, Supa Mandiwanzira.

Mnangagwa is under pressure to deliver, especially on the economy, in the grip of severe foreign currency shortages that have seen banks failing to give customers cash.

He told heads of government ministries this week he was putting together a “leaner” government, which would see the merging of some departments to enhance efficiency.

 

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