There are social reports that Zimbabwe’s former Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister, Christopher Mushohwe, collapsed after the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Robert Mugabe..
Mushowe, who was replaced by Simon Khaya Moyo, was reassigned to the Department of National Scholarships in the President’s Office.
People in the know claim that Mushowe left for India on a medical emergency a day after reshuffle and has missed Parliament, two Cabinet meetings and a Politburo meeting.
Mugabe announced a shock Cabinet reshuffle where he dropped three ministers and reassigned 10 others as he clipped under-fire Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wings by taking away the Justice ministry from his ambit and giving it to Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe.
Those axed from Cabinet include Priscah Mupfumira (Public Service), Tshinga Dube (War Veterans) and Abednico Ncube (Rural Development).
Former Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa was another major casualty as he was demoted to the less glamorous Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who lost the Foreign Affairs portfolio to Walter Mzembi (former Tourism minister); and Christopher Mushohwe (Information), who was reassigned to the Department of National Scholarships in the President’s Office.
Mumbengegwi was reassigned to the Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion ministry, formerly held by Obert Mpofu, who has now taken over from Chombo as Home Affairs minister.
Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo now doubles as government mouthpiece following his reassignment as Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister.
Former Information minister and Zanu PF political commissar Webster Shamu bounced back into the limelight as Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister, replacing Faber Chidarikire, who appears to have lost favour with the President’s wife First Lady Grace. Chidarikire reportedly misfired when he introduced Mnangagwa’s wife Auxilia as acting First Lady at a Zanu PF meeting in Chinhoyi some 24 months ago.
Chiratidzo Mabuwa replaces Zhuwao as Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Employment minister with Edgar Mbwembwe as new Tourism minister.