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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Finally Announces His Cabinet

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President Robert Mugabe and wife

President Robert Mugabe finally announced his 'new' Cabinet Tuesday afternoon, almost five weeks after the July 31st election.

There was a lot of speculation over who would make it into government, but many observers expected Mugabe to recycle the same old "deadwood", which he has relied on for 33 years.

Details of Mugabe's appointments were still filtering in by the time of going on-air but reports that Professor Jonathan Moyo had been reappointed Information Minister is set to cause a lot of anxiety within media circles.

As part of Mugabe's government Moyo in 2002 crafted the hated Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), and since then, the law has been used to arrest, intimidate, harass and shut down media houses.

ZANU PF minister Edison Zvobgo described Moyo's law as "the most calculated and determined assault on our liberties guaranteed by the Constitution".

Deputising Moyo is former ZBC journalist Supa Mandiwanzira, who recently labelled SW Radio Africa "a danger to the media industry. In fact, it's a pirate radio station that should never exist."

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Cabinet was reduced from 33 to 26. Other names include Simon Khaya Moyo, who was appointed Senior Minister without Portfolio, and Andrew Langa who got the Sport, Art and Culture portfolio.

There will be sighs of relief within foreign-owned mining and banking circles following Saviour Kasukuwere's removal from the Indigenisation portfolio to head the Environment Ministry, in what is being seen by some as a demotion.

Posting on Twitter, former Education Minister David Coltart wrote: "Chief Hardliner Saviour Kasukuwere DEMOTED to safeguard the sovereignty of our rivers, wells, dams, taps etc."

But the most shock was reserved for the news that Emmerson Mnangagwa and Patrick Chinamasa had been appointed Justice Minister and Finance Minister respectively.

Expressing his shock in a tweet, Jeffrey Smith wrote: "No worries. The thud you heard was only the Zim Stock Exchange smacking the ground after Chinamasa was named new Finance Minister."

Here are the ministers and their portfolios:

Ignatius Chombo – Local Government

Emmerson Mnangagwa – Justice and Legal Affairs

Patrick Chinamasa – Finance

Dzikamai Mavhaire – Energy and Power Development

Francis Nhema – Indigenisation

Douglas Mombeshora – Lands

Jonathan Moyo – Information

Sydney Sekeramayi – Defence

Walter Mzembi – Tourism

Andrew Langa – Sport, Arts and Culture

Webster Shamu – Information and Communication Technology

Savior Kasukuwere – Environment

Lazarus Dokora – Primary and Secondary Education

Olivia Muchena – Higher and Tertiary Education

David Parirenyatwa – Health

Kembo Mohadi – Home Affairs

Oppah Muchinguri – Women's Affairs

Nicholas Goche – Labour

Walter Chidhakwa – Mines

Obert Mpofu – Transport

Sithembiso Nyoni – Small and Medium Enterprises

Simon Khaya Moyo – Senior Minister without potfolio

Joseph Made – Agriculture

Simbaneuta Mudarikwa – Minister of State for Mashonaland East

David Murapira and Paddy Zhanda – Deputy Ministers of Agriculture

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