Zimbabwe President Mugabe appoints acting ministers

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has appointed eight ministers to head ministries in an acting capacity following the termination of executive appointments of some ministers who failed to secure parliamentary seats.

Minister of Indigenisation and Empowerment Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana is the Acting Minister of Information and Publicity, taking over from Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.

Minister of Defense Sydney Sekeramayi is the Acting Minister of Mines and Mining Development, taking over from Amos Midzi, who lost in the Epworth House of Assembly constituency to Eliah Jembere of the MDC-T.

Minister of Economic Development Sylvester Nguni is the Acting Minister of Agriculture following the departure of Rugare Gumbo.

The Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises Development Sithembiso Nyoni is the Acting Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development, taking over from Oppah Muchinguri.

Non-constituency senator Patrick Chinamasa is now the Acting Minister of Finance, taking over from Samuel Mumbengegwi.

Another non-constituency senator Joseph Made, becomes the Acting Minister of Water Resources and Infrastructural Development, taking over from Munacho Mutezo.

President Mugabe last week terminated the executive appointments of Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers who failed to secure parliamentary seats before he went on his annual leave after which he is expected to form an inclusive government.

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