Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday reshuffled his cabinet, the second time in six months.
Mugabe appointed legislator for Mutare South constituency Nyasha Chikwinya as the new minister of women’s affairs.
The post, which had been widely tipped for First Lady Grace Mugabe, had been vacant since December 2014.
Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo was reassigned to the Higher and Tertiary Education portfolio following his recent election as member for Parliament for Tsholotsho North Constituency.
Former Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi was reassigned Minister of State for National Security while former Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo takes over from Mohadi.
Former Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere is now the minister or local government while former Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Oppah Muchinguri takes over the water and climate portfolio.
Mugabe also added the responsibilities of policy coordination and implementation of government programs to one of the two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko.
Some of the appointed ministers took oats of office and loyalty before Mugabe at the State House.
Mugabe appointed his cabinet in 2013 after re-election. He reshuffled it in December 2014 following the dismissal of former Vice President Joice Mujuru who allegedly plotted against him.
Mujuru was replaced by Mugabe’s long-time confidant Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is widely seen as the 91-year-old president’s successor. Enditem