President ED and VP Chiwenga Clash Over Cabinet – Chiwenga Wants Deadwood Out

The military side of the current marriage of convenience in Zimbabwe has been pushing for Mnangagwa to ditch all the deadwood that is currently in cabinet. Sources say Chiwenga has told Mnangagwa that all he was concerned about was delivery and therefore would not tolerate the appointment of ministers that have been proven to be useless.

Mnangagwa is in a catch 22 as on one side he wants to deliver but on the other hand he wants to appease the people who have been galvanising his political base. Chiwenga is said to have been forthright with Mnangagwa that he cared only about delivery and discipline.

Chiwenga has also been adamant that ZANU PF and the government business must be separated. This has created a major rift between the party and the military establishment but as things stand it looks like Chiwenga is going to get his wish.

Sources close to the General have indicated that Obert Mpofu, Ziyambi Ziyambi, Kazembe Kazembe, July Moyo, Simon Khaya Moyo, Jorum Gumbo and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi would be dropped from cabinet.

There are indications that a number of technocrats have been shortlisted for the positions which are however limited by the restrictions on non-MP ministers.

Prof Mthuli Ncube

In Finance there General said to prefer a candidate with international stature that could bring confidence to investors and international community. One name that has been thrown around is that of Prof Mthuli Ncube. Professor Ncube holds a PhD in Economics (Mathematical Finance) from University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, he has worked as an investment banker before and is also has vast experience in private equity investment. He is being prefered either as Finance Minister or replacement of Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya.

Dr James Manyika

Another candidate that is being touted is Dr James Manyika who has been an advisor to the Obama adminstration and has been a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and chairman and director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm. He also have huge experience in business development and the Startup scene in Silicon valley. He is believed to have been courted for the Ministry Of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development.

Dr Nkosana Moyo of APA has also been linked with a post in the cabinet given his vast experience as an investment banker.

Dr Nkosana Moyo

As the nation waits for the cabinet, it remains to be seen if the progressive cabinet that Chiwenga is pushing for will be in line with what Mnangagwa wants.

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Source: PaZimbabwe

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