Full List of Ministers and their Portfolios After Reshuffle

New Ministerial Line-up

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Following the Presidents Cabinet reshuffle of 9th October 2017


Name of MinistryMinister after reshuffleMinister before reshuffle
Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation DevelopmentJoseph MadeJoseph Made
Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation [new Ministry]Patrick Chinamasa
DefenceSidney SekeramayiSidney Sekeramayi
Energy and Power DevelopmentSamuel UndengeSamuel Undenge
Finance and Economic DevelopmentIgnatious ChomboPatrick Chinamasa
Foreign AffairsWalter MzembiSimbarashe Mumbengegwi
Health and Child WelfareDavid ParirenyatwaDavid Parirenyatwa
Higher and Tertiary EducationJonathan MoyoJonathan Moyo
Home AffairsObert MpofuIgnatious Chombo
Industry and CommerceMike BimhaMike Bimha
Information Communication Technology and Courier ServicesSupa MandiwanziraSupa Mandiwanzira
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary AffairsHappyton BonyongweVice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Lands and Rural ResettlementDouglas MombeshoraDouglas Mombeshora
Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing , [expanded to include Rural Development]Saviour KasukuwereSaviour Kasukuwere
Macro-Economic Planning and Investment PromotionsSimbarashe MumbengegwiObert Mpofu
Media, Information and Broadcasting ServicesSimon Khaya MoyoChristopher Mushohwe
Mines and Mining DevelopmentWalter ChidhakwaWalter Chidhakwa
National SecurityKembo MohadiKembo Mohadi
Primary and Secondary EducationLazarus DokoraLazarus Dokora
Public Service, Labour and Social WelfarePatrick ZhuwaoPriscah Mupfumira
Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative DevelopmentSithembiso NyoniSithembiso Nyoni
Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture[expanded to include Arts and Culture]Makhosini HlongwaneMakhosini Hlongwane 
(Sport and Recreation only)
Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry 
[expanded to include Environment]
Edgar MbwembweWalter Mzembi
Transport and Infrastructure DevelopmentJoram GumboJoram Gumbo
Water Resources Development and Climate [reduced by losing Environment]Oppah MuchinguriOppah Muchinguri
Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and RestricteesCain MathemaTshinga Dube
Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community DevelopmentNyasha ChikwinyaNyasha Chikwinya
Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic EmpowermentChiratidzo MabuwaPatrick Zhuwao


Ministers of State
TitleAfter reshuffleBefore reshuffle
Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in EducationJosia HungweJosia Hungwe
Minister of State in the Presidents’ Office Responsible for National ScholarshipsChristopher Mushohwe
Minister of State in Vice-President Mnangagwa’s OfficeClifford SibandaClifford Sibanda
Minister of State in Vice-President Mphoko’s OfficeTabitha KanengoniTabitha Kanengoni



Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs
ProvinceAfter reshuffleBefore reshuffle
Bulawayo MetropolitanEunice MoyoEunice Moyo
Harare MetropolitanMiriam ChikukwaMiriam Chikukwa
ManicalandMandi ChimeneMandi Chimene
Mashonaland CentralMartin DinhaMartin Dinha
Mashonaland EastAmbrose MutinhiriAmbrose Mutinhiri
Mashonaland WestWebster ShamuFaber Chidarikire
MasvingoPaul Chimedzalate Shuvai Mahofa
Matabeleland NorthThokozile MathuthuCain Mathema
Matabeleland SouthMaboyi NcubeAbednico Ncube
MidlandsJason MachayaJason Machaya



  • Although Vice-President Mnangagwa is no longer Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, he remains a member of Cabinet because Vice-Presidents are automatically Cabinet members [Constitution, section 105(1)].
  • The new Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is Major General [retired]Happyton Bonyongwe   Until this appointment he was the Director-General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, a department of the Office of the President and Cabinet.  He is  a qualified lawyer.  He is not a member of Parliament but the Constitution allows the President to appoint up to 5 Ministers from outside Parliament [see note below].  As Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs he will probably become Leader of Government Business in Parliament, taking over from Vice-President Mnangagwa.  He will have ministerial responsibility for the Judicial Service Commission and for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
  • Three other new Ministers were appointed –

o   Cain Mathema [previously Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Matabeleland North] as Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees;

o   Chiratidzo Mabuwa [previously Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce] as Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment;

o   Edgar Mbwembwe [previously Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs] as Minister of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry

  • Ten Ministers were reassigned as shown in the table above.
  • There are two new Ministries:

o   the completely new Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation under former Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa;

o   the Department of National Scholarships under Minister of State for National Scholarships Christopher Mushohwe, formerly Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.  Dr Mushohwe has been Director of Presidential Scholarships for many years, but will now be responsible for Presidential and all other national scholarships previously administered by other Ministries

  • One Ministry has been dropped:  Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage
  • Three Ministers were dropped:

o   Prisca Mupfumira, formerly Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

o   Tshinga Dube, formerly Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees

o   Abednico Ncube, formerly Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage and acting Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Matabeleland South.

  • One Minister of State for Provincial Affairs was dropped [Faber Chidarikire in Mashonaland West]
  • Four new Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs were appointed:

o   Webster Shamu in Mashonaland West, replacing Faber Chidarikire

o   Paul Chimedza in Masvingo, filling the vacancy left by the death of Shuvai Mahofa in August

o   Thokozile Mathuthu in Matabeleland North, replacing Cain Mathema [now Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees]

o   Maboyi Ncube in Matabeleland South, replacing Abednico Ncube who continued to act in this post after his appointment as Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage.  Like new Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Happyton Bonyongwe, Mr Ncube is not an MP [see note on non-MP Ministers below]

Appointment of Ministers from Outside Parliament

The President may appoint up to five Ministers from outside Parliament “chosen for their professional skills and competence” [Constitution, section 104(3)].

Happyton Bonyongwe and Aaron Mabhoyi Ncube are not members of Parliament.  But They fill the fourth and fifth slots in this category of Minister, formerly filled by Martin Dinha [until his election as MP for Mazowe] and Faber Chidarikire, respectively.  The other three non-MP Ministers are Joseph Made, Lazarus Dokora and Patrick Zhuwao, at Agriculture, Primary and Secondary Education and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, respectively.

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

Reminder  Under the present Constitution, there is no special provision for Ministers for Provincial Affairs – whereas the former Constitution contained express provision for the President to appoint Provincial Governors.

Instead, the Constitution contains new provisions for the devolution of governmental powers and responsibilities to provincial and metropolitan councils, constituted by a province’s MPs, the mayors and chairpersons of the province’s local authorities and, in the case of the eight provincial councils, ten persons elected to the council by a system of proportional representation as part of every general election. 

The ten elected provincial councillors for each province were formally elected as part of the July 2013 general election, but apart from that nothing has been done to implement the new constitutional provisions.  As a result, the provincial and metropolitan councils have existed only on paper, the previous legislation and other arrangements for provincial affairs have remained in place unchanged, and it is fair to say that the Ministers of Provincial Affairs are the provincial governors of old in all but name.

More: Veritas

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Happyton BonyongweEmmerson MnangagwaCentral intelligence organisation

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