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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Swears in New Ministers
Edited by Xia Yuanyuan  ·2017-10-11

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday swore into office six new ministers he appointed in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

Two new ministers were not available and would be sworn in at a later date.

The ministers who took oaths of office and loyalty are former head of intelligence services Happyton Bonyongwe, who was appointed Justice Minister, taking over from Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Youth Development, Indigenization and Employment Creation Minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa and Edger Mbwembwe, the new minister of tourism.

Mabuwa is former deputy minister of Industry and Commerce while Mbwembwe was deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ministers of State for Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West and Masvingo Provinces also took their oaths of office and loyalty.

In his cabinet reshuffle, Mugabe reassigned 10 ministers, appointed eight new ministers and dropped three ministers.

Among those reassigned are former finance minister Patrick Chinamasa who is now cyber security minister.

Former Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo replaced Chinamasa while former tourism minister Walter Mzembi is now Foreign Affairs Minister, taking over from Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who was moved to Macro-Economic Planning ministry.

Mugabe last reshuffled cabinet in 2015 and the current reshuffle comes ahead of the 2018 polls in which the veteran president will seek re-election.

(Xinhua News Agency, October 11, 2017)  

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