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Key 'coup' leaders appointed to Zimbabwe Cabinet

Key 'coup' leaders appointed to Zimbabwe Cabinet”

But Mnangagwa has come under fire for recycling officials from the era of ousted president Robert Mugabe, and for naming two military allies to top positions in his new cabinet.

Chris Mutsvangwa, who heads the group, was made in charge at the Information Ministry.

The 22 members of the Cabinet are all members of the ruling Zanu PF party, dashing Zimbaweans' hopes that Mnangagwa might include opposition representatives in his government.

Air Marshal Shiri is directly linked to the Matabeleland massacre of thousands of people by a North Korea-trained military brigade in the 1980s when Mugabe moved against a political rival.

Mnangagwa, 75, was sworn in last Friday following dramatic events in the southern African country after the military took over saying they wanted to arrest criminals in government around 93-year-old Mugabe.

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Appointment of the fresh cabinet has evoked mixed reactions from Zimbabweans and some local leaders and even activists, with many feeling betrayed. "We thought the military coup was meant to bring change but clearly it was to protect the private interests of certain individuals", says Tendai Biti, ex-finance minister, as quoted by The Guardian. Leaders of the powerful war veterans' association, who pushed for Mugabe to go after the military intervention, also got Cabinet jobs, the BBC reported. We craved for change, peace and stability...

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday dropped two ministers he had appointed to his new cabinet just a day earlier, a move widely seen as a response to a public uproar over the nominations. "The honeymoon comes to an end and reality dawns".

Mnangagwa also appointed six new deputy ministers and 10 ministers of state for provincial affairs.

Mnangagwa however kept a sizeable number of ministers from Mugabe's former cabinet - including Patrick Chinamas who returns to the finance ministry from which he had been removed by Mugabe during a cabinet reshuffle in October.



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