By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
The announcement by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda that President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants a lean cabinet means he will definitely leave some formers ministers out of his Cabinet.
Though Mnangagwa spoke of forgiveness in reference to the retributive action on perceived G40 members, it will be a big surprise to see the following former ministers bouncing back.
1)Professor Jonathan Moyo-Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education
The minister who is in hiding was alleged to be the master-mind in the expulsion of Mnangagwa and his perceived allies in a factional grouping called Lacoste. Professor Jonathan Moyo also belittled Mnangagwa by calling him ‘a lizard’ in the apparent mocking of his moniker ‘Crocodile’. Even after the military intervention, Professor Moyo has remained defiant in dismissing the new dispensation through his tweets. Below is a tweet by Prof Moyo.
The tragedy of the gun in Zim is that it’s controlled by the same 1980s Gukurahundists who’ve committed atrocities before and gotten away with it; and who are thus prone to repeat the atrocities ad infinitum unless & until the people take control of the gun! #GenerationalRenewal
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) November 29, 2017
It is in this regard that one can safely conclude that Prof Moyo will not bounce back and he is also among those who have been recalled from parliament by the party.
2) Saviour Kasukuwere-Minister of Local Government and Housing
Kasukuwere is another former Cabinet minister whose chance of coming back in the new Cabinet is next to nought as the Lacoste faction will still have a gripe with how he orchestrated their expulsion from the party.
3)Patrick Zhuwao-Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment
He is currently seeking refuge in South Africa and was a fiery critic of the new President. Zhuwao is believed to have been sidelining pro-Mnangagwa youths from the National Youth Fund.The dreadlocked former minister has also blasted the army for paving way for the incumbent President.
4)Walter Mzembi-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mzembi was of late on an overdrive of demeaning Mnangagwa after his expulsion. He even got himself sucked into the Mnangagwa poisoning saga. It will be very unlikely to see him being retained in the new Cabinet given that his portfolio has already been given back to Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on acting basis though chances are that it may be permanent.
5 )Ignatius Chombo-Minister of Finance
The former minister is already facing criminal charges and that will not make him any suitable to be in the next Cabinet. He is allegedly well-known for his corrupt activities and since President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for zero tolerance on corruption, he will not be in his books.
6)Makhosini Hlongwane-Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Hlongwane was a very close ally of Mnangagwa but had crossed the floor to join G40.The journalist –turned –politician led the endorsement of Midlands Province for the then expulsion of President Mnangagwa after the province had chosen to act the other way.
7)Samuel Undenge-Minister of Energy and Power Development
Undenge who was expelled from Zanu PF will not bounce back. He was the chairman of Manicaland Province and was accused of engineering the downfall of alleged lacoste proxies like Oppah Muchinguri and Patrick Chinamasa.
8)Mandi Chimene- Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister
The vocal and die-hard critic of Mnangagwa will be remembered for humiliating the new President at the Zanu PF headquarters. She should prolong her stay in China or come here and face possible arrest.
9)Dr Paul Chimedza-Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister
The Minister for Provincial Affairs for Masvingo, where the Lacoste faction enjoyed unparalleled support was not even welcome in his own backyard and will not crawl back in Cabinet anytime soon. The former Zimpapers chairman was arrested while trying to flee the country
10)Edgar Mbwembwe- Minister of Tourism and Hospitality
His assuming of the Tourism portfolio was mired in controversy as he is said to be a close relative of the former First Lady Grace Mugabe. His joy as a Minister was short-lived. With rumours awash on social media that the President has demanded CVs from former ministers it will be a bit folly for ministers on this list to try their luck.