Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai announcing his cabinet list at the Miekles earlier today, flanked by Deputy PM T. Khupe
The latest news from Zimbabwe: Tendai Biti who, during the March 2008 election campaign said Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono "should be put in front of a firing squad" will now be boss to that very same Gono.
It is almost certain that within a month of this government being sworn in, Biti will seek to fire Gono. Mugabe will fight this tooth and nail. In the end, Gono's job may well become a barganing chip between the two leaders, Mugabe and Tsvangirai, as they seek to extract more concessions from each other.
The other ministers announced are:
Home Affairs, which goes to Giles Mtsekwa (a very weak choice and one guaranteeing ZANU PF will hold sway during the six months period before this cabinet and government are reviewed by SADC).
Economic Planning and Investments minstry has been given to Elton Mangoma
Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, which goes to Advocate Eric Matinenga
Information and Communications Technology, which goes to Nelson Chamisa. This is not the ministry of information as we know it. Chamisa's ministry will have no power over the media, that post was retained by ZANU PF.
Public Services Ministry, which goes to Prof. Elphas Mukonoweshuro
Science and Technology, which goes to Henry Dzinotyiwei
Energy and Power Development, which goes to the very capable former mayor of Harare, Engineer Elias Mudzuri. This is a very good choice indeed.
State Enterprises and Parastatals, which to Eddie Cross
Roy Bennet gets to be Deputy Minister of Agriculture
Ministry of Health goes to Dr Henry Madzorera
Public Works goes to Theresa Makone
Social Welfare Ministry goes to Pauline Mpariwa
Water Resources Ministry goes to a Mutambara MP, nominated surprisingly not by Mutambara but by Tsvangirai: Abenigo Bhebhe
Deputy Minister of Defence (a fairly meaningless position for the MDC), goes to Tichaona Mudzingwa, a former army medic
Deputy Minister of Justice is Jessie Manjome
There are other deputy ministerial positions that are awaiting agreement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai announced his cabinet picks during a press conference held just across the road from our offices at the PMs favourite hotel, the 5-star Miekles:
"I hope that by the time the other ministries are allocated, I as PM being responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, will have to define their mandates. We hope we can begin then the hard work ahead of us."
Tsvangirai also said that his main priorities will be achieving economic stability and attracting direct foreign investment.
His comments betray the low-intensity warfare that is taking place outside of public gaze between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, who have met several times since the MDC agreed to go into bed with ZANU PF.
At issue is the definition of the two-headed monster created by the September 15 agreement.
While Tsvangirai will be PM, he will not be chairing cabinet meetings. That remains Mugabe's job. He will instead chair the Council of Ministers, which sounds similar to Cabinet is apparently a less powerful body.
This has given rise to fierce disagreements between the two principals, with Mugabe saying that he defines the ministries and then Tsvangirai simply allocated them for his own party members. Tsvangirai, as betrayed by his statement above, insists that as Prime Minister, he should write the job descriptions of the ALL ministers.
Mugabe apparently conceded last week by saying Tsvangirai could write the job descriptions for MDC ministers but must leave ZANU PF ministers alone. Tsvangirai wants to be able to define the mandates of ALL ministers.
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