Full Text: Mnangagwa Cannot Put Lipstick On A Pig And Declare It Miss Zimbabwe- Chamisa On New Cabinet Ministers

Press Statement on the Appointment of Cabinet Ministers

By Nkululeko Sibanda (Presidential Spokesperson) 08/09/2018 Zimbabwe is naturally endowed with beauty and brains. The Declared-President Mnangagwa cannot put lipstick on a pig and then declare it Miss Zimbabwe. An illegitimate President cannot put two fresh apples in a rotten basket and hope to produce clean basket. One wonders if ‘new-dispensation’ means that you can cook in a dirty pot and hope that using two cups of clean water will produce clean food. This cabinet suffers a lot of previous co-morbidities and dirty baggage.


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The appointed of a couple of notable names is just but a cheap attempt to give gravitas to a weak president. President Mnangagwa’s inauguration ignited a catastrophic economic decline, like no other just after an election. A government is as strong as its leader and as economically capable as it is legitimate. Name bombing, by throwing into the basket Professor Ncube and Kirsty Coventry is an unsophisticated way of pampering a largely incontinent cabinet.

As Zimbabwe will already know President Mnangagwa has no respect for the constitution and the law but it is not anyone’s expectation that he would continue to subvert the law. His appointments are unconstitutional and against his stated objectives to implement devolution.

He has appointed ministers of state, who are unconstitutional in the first instance and a subversion of devolution. Provincial councils will have no role in circumstances where a province already has an executive minister. It is also a shame that the declared President has announced 43 ministers and deputies and lies that he appointed 20 ministers. Zimbabweans can see through the lie. Creating 20 ministries is not the same as appointing 20 ministers and this president knows that he is lying.

The appointment of a minister of local government is also a relic of an old habit that is unconstitutional. By creating local government and devolution the constitution intended to have people government their matters close to home. This ministry is no longer necessary and is intended to fight against devolution.

Notably this cabinet does not have sufficient representation of women, young people and war veterans, even by weak ZANU PF standards. We know that Zimbabweans know that any minister works as part of a cabinet. This means that it does not matter who is appointed into a weak government, led by an illegitimate president. A government is as strong as its weakest link and a raped election produced a raped economy.

The President Advocate Nelson Chamisa did set out, during his campaign and in his smart policy programme, a gold standard that this country could follow in the appointment of ministers, reducing them to no more than 15. This would guide his work in government. Owing it to the 2.6 million voters who delivered an electoral and numbers-based victory, Zimbabwe can expect that he is prepared to drive this economy forward. He has the right skills and the right teams to resuscitate this economy.

Kirsty CoventryMiss ZimbabweNkululeko Sibanda

Kirsty Leigh Coventry is a Zimbabwean swimmer and was appointed the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation in 2018. Kirsty won several medals in recent Olympics over the years. She made history at the Sydney Olympic games by winning several medals and becoming the most... Read More About Kirsty Coventry

Miss Zimbabwe is a beauty pageant which was officiated in 1980 replacing the Miss Rhodesia pageant. It is currently chaired by Mrs Marry Chiwenga, who is the wife of Army General Constantine Chiwenga. Read More About Miss Zimbabwe

DR. Nkululeko Sibanda is a political analyst and the Presidential spokesperson for the MDC Alliance and Nelson Chamisa the leader of the MDC Alliance. Dr. Sibanda was appointed Chamisa’s spokesperson in June of 2018, replacing Luke Tamborinyoka, who campaigned and lost the Goromonzi National Assembly... Read More About Nkululeko Sibanda

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3 comments on “Full Text: Mnangagwa Cannot Put Lipstick On A Pig And Declare It Miss Zimbabwe- Chamisa On New Cabinet Ministers

  1. It is mindboggling, (to attempt to match some of Chamisa’s use of jaw breakers), that we have people still following this man Chamisa noting his comments on the appointment of cabinet. Or perhaps it’s because vanhu ava varikudya naye. Listen vanhu vaMwari, tinoda oppsition iri credible that clamours for better roads and functional street lights, money in the banks, clean and well maintained toilets (makamboona toilet dzepaMbare musika panokwirirwa mabhazi!!!), better hospitals and services, more jobs, better this and better that if the government is not delivering. Yah! Musapedza nguva muchiedza kutipangidza how rich your vocabulary is or how educated you are etc etc. MDC supporters are urged to get yourself new leaders who are down to earth and who tackle bread and butter issues that affect your day to day existence.

  2. I agree with you Tuki. Chamisa is not a leader. I don’t know why he thinks he is the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe. He doesn’t qualify to be a leader or a lawyer or worse still a Pastor. He is never exemplary in speech and deed. Hameno kuti nyika yaaizotonga yaibuda sei. He is fast losing credibility among his supporters and the world at large

    1. Very correct Sam. This guy Chamisa is a dreamer.Its time he wakes up and smell the coffee. He is an attention seeker. ED must ignore him the way Mugabe ignored Ian Smith.And I agree with Temba Mliswa.Arresting him would give him undue international attention. He is not even a qualified lawyer. Has never practised law. TI dont like Tendai Biti but he is a highly qualified and experienced lawyer with experience.Mazuva ano looks like munhu wese angova “advocate: kana pastor.kwese kutsvaka Mari uku. The guy has serious dictatorial tendencies. The funny thing about life is that even a mad man will think he has supporters:, when he sees people stopping to look at him and laughing at his stupidity.some of so the called “supporters” are people like his spokesperson one Nkulileko Sibanda who is looking for morsels. Advise him to grow up . Don’t lie to him.Nxaaaaaaa

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