Illegitimate, dangerous dynasty! – opposition fumes after Mnangagwa stuffs cabinet with family, loyalists

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OPPOSITION Citizen Coalitions for Change (CCC) is steamed up after President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed his family members and loyalists to ministerial positions.

Mnangagwa announced his new cabinet Monday with his son David Kudakwashe and nephew Tongai getting the Deputy Finance and Deputy Tourism ministers respectively.

His loyalists, couple Christopher and Monica Mutsvangwa were awarded with the Ministry of Veterans of Liberation and of Women Affairs.

Chikomba West MP and Studio 263 actress Tatenda Mavetera credited with establishing the “4ED” affiliate groups which drummed up support for Mnangagwa was rewarded with the ICT Ministry.

Ziyambi Ziyambi who oversaw amendments of the legislation which strengthened Mnangagwa’s hold onto power retained his post as Minister of Justice and his right-hand man Owen “Mudha” Ncube fired in 2022 from Minister of State Security post has bounced back as Minister of State for Midlands province.

Conspicuous by his absence from the list is Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who previously doubled as the Minister of Health of Child Care, a post now held by Douglas Mombeshora.

The appointments come days after Mnangagwa conferred his wife, Auxillia with an honorary PhD in Law from the University of Zimbabwe at a recent graduation ceremony.

CCC spokesperson, Promise Mkwananzi described the new cabinet as an “illegitimate and dangerous dynasty”.


Opposition legislator, Fadzayi Mahere quipped “nyika inovakwa nevana vangu” drawn from the popular Zanu PF mantra “nyika inotongwa nevene vayo”.

Mnangagwa’s lawyer Tinomuda Chinyoka however defended the “nepotism”, highlighting David Kudakwashe’s qualifications.

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