Zim ‘is officially a MILITARY state’, social media reacts to Mnangagwa’s first cabinet

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Zimbabweans have taken to social media to mock and express disappointment at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s newly appointed cabinet filled with ruling party loyalists and figures linked to the military, whose takeover helped oust former leader Robert Mugabe.

No opposition politicians were included in Mnangagwa’s first cabinet.

Some on social media were quick to point out that the new cabinet lacked gender parity, adding that ex-president Mugabe fared better than the new leader in this regard.

Others were disappointed over Mnangagwa’s lack of inclusion of young people, as his cabinet was made up of Zanu-PF stalwarts who were reportedly above 60 years.

Mnangagwa appointed as foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, the army major general who went on state television announcing the military’s take-over, a dramatic power grab which culminated in Mugabe stepping down a week later.

The long-serving airforce commander Perence Shiri also became the Lands and Agriculture minister, according to a statement released late Thursday night.

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

War veteran leaders, who spearheaded mass protests to force Mugabe out of office, four days after the military sent tanks to the streets of the capital Harare, were also awarded positions in the cabinet.

Chris Mutsvangwa was now the information minister while another became a deputy in the defence and security ministry.

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