Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints members to his cabinet in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints members to his cabinet in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa is now the President of Zimbabwe

Friday, December 1, 2017

The new president of Zimbabwe has appointed members to his cabinet - including the general who made a now-infamous announcement on state TV following the uprising against Robert Mugabe.

Army general Sibusiso Moyo has been appointed as the foreign minister by Emmerson Mnangagwa, according to the BBC.

The new leader has also given Perence Shiri, head of the Zimbabwean air force, the role of minister of agriculture and land affairs.

The cabinet also features wealthy Zanu-PF veteran Obert Mpofu and Patrick Chinamasa, who has been handed his finance minister position again.

Many others appointed are also senior soldiers as well as veterans of the ruling Zanu-PF party, The Guardian reported.

Analysts have called the decisions "negative" as many hoped Mnangagwa would appoint leading opposition politicians to create an "inclusive" government.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as president last week after Mugabe was forced to resign, after 37 years in leadership.

He had been detained in his home as the military took over following the sacking of Mnangagwa as vice-president.

His removal was widely interpreted as an attempt by Mugabe to ensure his wife, Grace, succeeded him.