Political corruption: President Mnangagwa Appoints Son and Allies to New Government

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Three weeks after the general elections, which were marred by significant irregularities, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, re-elected for another term, announced his new government on Monday evening. This cabinet selection has sparked outrage among the opposition and numerous critics, as it includes members of his family and close associates.

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s family is now represented in this new government, with David Mnangagwa, one of the President’s sons, being appointed as Deputy Minister of Finance at the age of 34, despite his recent status as a student just a year ago. Additionally, the President has named one of his nephews, Tongai Mnangagwa, as Deputy Minister of Tourism.

Another controversial appointment is that of a couple known for their loyalty to the President, Christopher Mutsvangwa, a leader of war veterans, and his wife, both of whom have secured ministerial positions.

Critics have decried the President’s nepotism and the lack of fresh faces in the new government, which largely comprises the old guard. Notably, the first Vice President, retired General Constantino Chiwenga, retains his position, as does the second Vice President, Kembo Mohadi, who had previously resigned amidst allegations of immoral conduct.

The main opposition party has branded this government as illegitimate and dynastic, calling for a new election to be held. It is worth noting that following the municipal elections, the opposition maintains control over the country’s two largest cities, the capital Harare and Bulawayo.

The political landscape in Zimbabwe remains contentious, with questions surrounding the legitimacy and transparency of the recent elections, as well as concerns about the composition of the new government.

Soukaina Sghir

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