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Mugabe cabinet reshuffle cosmetic, says Nkosana Moyo’s APA

12/10/2017 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
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THE opposition Alliance for the People’s Agenda (APA) says the country needs a leaner cabinet and to preside over State affairs.

Led by former industry minister Nkosana Moyo, the party said this in response to the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe reshuffled his cabinet Monday in a move widely seen as an attempt to weaken the Zanu PF Lacoste faction reportedly led by his long-time aide and deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In the past few months, Mugabe`s wife, Grace, who reportedly leads the rival G40 ruling party faction, has upped the ante on Mnangagwa who is believed to be angling to take over from the aged Mugabe.

In a statement, APA dismissed the reshuffle as cosmetic with the same failed Zanu PF officials being rewarded with new posts.

“The cabinet reshuffle is an exercise in futility given that essentially the same team is responsible for the three decades of economic collapse and social destitution in Zimbabwe.

“The changes have no national significance as they were clearly informed by the desire to deal with Zanu PF internal political problems,” said the party.

APA prescribed a “small and merit-based government” as a starting point of economic recovery.

“The benefits of small government are that savings can be channelled into more productive pursuits of government.

“We have also stated that we will replace Deputy Ministers, who don’t sit in cabinet anyway, with Junior Ministers all under the age of 35 who will not only sit in cabinet but will take part in decision making as well.”

The fledgling opposition party, which will contest next year’s elections, said if voted into power, it will involve the youth in its government.

“The objective is simple, get the youth involved in the running of the country and put succession planning in motion to ensure stable management of the nation's affairs.

“We have also declared our intention to have a cabinet composed 50 percent of women because it is time our country recognised and benefited from its best human capital.”



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