Full List Of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Cabinet Ministers, After Swearing In

Appointments Announced on 30th November 2017, Amended Later

Cabinet Ministers

There are 22 Ministers, compared to 28 following the reshuffle of 9th October; this number includes a Minister of State in the Presidents Office who is in Cabinet.

Deputy Ministers, the other Minister of State in the President’s Office and Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs are not in Cabinet.

Name of MinistryNew Ministers and Deputy MinistersPrevious Minister/s

[for 8 weeks]

Previous Minister/s
Defence, Security and War VeteransConstantino Chiwenga

Deputy for War Veterans only: Victor Matemadanda

Sidney Sekeramayi, Defence

Kembo Mohadi, National Security

Cain Mathema, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees

Sidney Sekeramayi, Defence

Kembo Mohadi, National Security

Tshinga Dube, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees

Energy and Power DevelopmentSimon Khaya MoyoSamuel UndengeSamuel Undenge
Environment, Water and ClimateOppah Muchinguri-KashiriOppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Water Resources Development and Climate

Edgar Mbwembwe, Tourism, Hospitality Industry and Environment

Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Environment  Water Resources Development and Climate
Finance and Economic PlanningPatrick Chinamasa

Deputy: Terrence Mukupe

Ignatius Chombo, Finance and Economic DevelopmentPatrick Chinamasa Finance and Economic Development
Foreign AffairsSibusiso Moyo † #Walter MzembiSimbarashe Mumbengegwi
Health and Child CareDavid ParirenyatwaDavid ParirenyatwaDavid Parirenyatwa
Higher Education, Science and Technology DevelopmentAmon Murwira * #Jonathan MoyoJonathan Moyo
Home Affairs and CultureObert MpofuObert Mpofu,
Home Affairs
Ignatious Chombo,
Home Affairs
Industry, Commerce and Enterprise DevelopmentMike BimhaMike Bimha, Industry and CommerceMike Bimha, Industry and Commerce
Information Communication Technology and Cyber SecuritySupa MandiwanziraSupa Mandiwanzira, Information Communication Technology and Courier Services

Patrick Chinamasa, Cyber Security

Information, Media and Broadcasting ServicesNo Minister

Simon Khaya Moyo appointed Acting Minister

Simon Khaya MoyoChristopher Mushohwe
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary AffairsZiyambi ZiyambiHappyton BonyongweEmmerson Mnangagwa
Labour and Social WelfarePetronella Kagonye

Deputy for Social Welfare only: Joshua Malinga #

Patrick Zhuwao, Public Service, Labour and Social WelfarePrisca Mupfumira, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Lands, Agriculture and Rural ResettlementPerrance Shiri † #

Deputy: Davis Marapira

Joseph Made, Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development

Douglas Mombeshora, Lands and Rural Resettlement

Joseph Made, Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development

Douglas Mombeshora, Lands and Rural Resettlement

Local Government, Public Works and National HousingJuly Moyo #Saviour KasukuwereSaviour Kasukuwere
Mines and Mining DevelopmentWinston Chitando #Walter ChidhakwaWalter Chidhakwa
National ReconciliationKembo MohadiPhelekezela MphokoPhelekezela Mphoko
Primary and Secondary EducationPaul MavhimaLazarus DokoraLazarus Dokora
Sports, Arts and RecreationKazembe KazembeMakhosini Hlongwane, Sport, Recreation, Arts and CultureMakhosini Hlongwane, Sport and Recreation

Abednico Ncube, Rural Development and Preservation of National Cultural Heritage

Tourism and Hospitality IndustryPrisca MupfumiraEdgar Mbwembwe, Tourism, Hospitality Industry and EnvironmentWalter Mzembi, Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Transport and Infrastructural DevelopmentJoram GumboJoram GumboJoram Gumbo
Women and Youth AffairsSithembiso Nyoni

Deputy for Youth Affairs only: Pupurayi Togarepi #

Nyasha Chikwinya, Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Nyasha Chikwinya, Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

Patrick Zhuwao, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring of Government ProgrammesSimbarashe Mumbengegwi

#  not a Member of Parliament [see note below]

†  senior Defence Forces officer [see note below]

*  University Professor

Ministers of State who are not members of Cabinet

TitleNewPrevious [for 8 weeks]Previous
Minister of State in the Presidents’ Office Responsible for National ScholarshipsChristopher MushohweChristopher MushohweResponsibility for State scholarships was divided between the President’s Office and various Ministries.

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

TitleNewPrevious [for 8 weeks]Previous
Bulawayo MetropolitanAngeline MasukuEunice MoyoEunice Moyo
Harare MetropolitanMiriam ChikukwaMiriam ChikukwaMiriam Chikukwa
ManicalandMonica MutsvangwaMandi ChimeneMandi Chimene
Mashonaland CentralMartin DinhaMartin DinhaMartin Dinha
Mashonaland EastDavid MusabayanaAmbrose MutinhiriAmbrose Mutinhiri
Mashonaland WestWebster ShamuWebster ShamuFaber Chidarikire
MasvingoJosiah HungwePaul ChimedzaShuvai Mahofa [late]
Matabeleland NorthCain MathemaThokozile MathuthuCain Mathema
Matabeleland SouthAbednico NcubeMaboyi NcubeAbednico Ncube
MidlandsOwen NcubeJason MachayaJason Machaya

Gender Balance Not Achieved?

Section 104(4) of the Constitution provides that in appointing Ministers and their deputies the President “must be guided by considerations of regional and gender balance”. But men predominate in the President Mnangagwa’s appointments: only 3 of the 22-member Cabinet are women; 3 of the 10 Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs are women; and all of the 6 Deputy Ministers are men.  So out of 38 appointees, six are women.

Appointment of Ministers from Outside Parliament

The President may appoint up to five Ministers and Deputy Ministers from outside Parliament “chosen for their professional skills and competence” [Constitution, section 104(3)]. Once this quota has been filled, all other Ministers and Deputy Ministers must be members of Parliament [either Senators or members of the National Assembly].

There are eleven Minister or Deputy Minister that are non-MPs on the President’s list: Sibusiso Moyo, Amon Murwira, Christopher Mutsvangwa, Clever Nyathi, Perrance Shiri, July Moyo, Winston Chitando [all Ministers]; and Pupurayi Togarepi, Joshua Malinga and Victor Matemadanda [Deputy Ministers].

Presidential Press Secretary George Charamba has given an assurance that President Mnangagwa is well aware of the constitutional position and alive to this problem and will find legally valid space” for them.  In the meantime they will not be sworn in they will not be sworn in – an essential requirement before they assume Ministerial office – unless and until the law is satisfied.  It is unclear what this means.  Meantime Minister or their Deputies that have not been sworn in cannot do their jobs.

Appointment of Ministers from the Defence Forces

Serving members of the Defence Forces cannot be Ministers.  The Constitution prohibits Ministers from holding any other public office [section 108].  One, therefore, assumes that Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and Major-General S.B. Moyo resigned or retired from the Air Force and the Army, respectively, before they were named as Ministers – or will do so before they are sworn in.

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs

Reminder Under the Constitution, there is no provision for the appointment of Ministers for Provincial Affairs or 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.  It is these councils which should be responsible for provincial affairs.

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.  Next year’s harmonised elections will also produce 80 elected provincial councillors – the Constitution and the Electoral Act require it.  And, unless President Mnangagwa moves speedily to put things right by getting legislation enacted to implement the constitutional provisions concerned, they will, once again, be councillors in name only, with nothing to do.

In the meantime those that are appointed as Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs can only carry out whatever functions the President gives them, but only provided such functions are permitted by law.


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