Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
ACADEMICS, politicians and the business community in the Midlands Province have given thumbs up to the new Cabinet sworn in by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday, saying it is a mix of experience and newcomers for continuity purposes ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.
The new Cabinet will be in office for about nine months. Zanu-PF Midlands provincial chairperson Cde Daniel Mackenzie Ncube said the new Cabinet could make the country great again.
“As Midlands, we wish His Excellency and the new Cabinet all the best. There is a lot of work to be done in a short space of time and the expectations from the Zimbabweans are very high. Let us put our shoulders to the wheel and make Zimbabwe great again,” he said.
Midlands State University (MSU) economist and acting head of the Department of Economics Mr Francis Mhere said retaining Cde Patrick Chinamasa as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning was optimal for purposes of continuity in the nation’s financial matters.
“The new Cabinet, like any other, has its strength and weaknesses, but this one is better than the previous one as it is leaner, thus cutting costs. The Finance Ministry has Cde Chinamasa, who is there for continuity purposes,” he said.
Dr Tinashe Manzungu, businessman and chief executive of TM group of companies, said they were happy with the appointment of the new Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo.
“We hope a new trajectory will definitely mould our housing industry. We hope there shall be fairness in land allocations for housing and we are looking forward to engaging the ministry in new various forms of affordable and reliable housing models such as prefabricated housing models, which have already been adopted by other Southern African countries as possible alternatives to housing problems,” he said.
“The Ministry of Women and Youths is now headed by a woman who has proven her capabilities during her tenure as Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, we know longer doubt that she can mould the youth to be productive engines of the state.
“She knows the behaviour of youths and I believe the minister will be equal to the task by engaging in productive nation growing programmes.”