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By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE'S President Robert Mugabe has appointed his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, a newcomer to politics, to the post of deputy minister of Science and Technology, media reports said.

Zhuwao, who won last month's elections in the hotly disputed Manyame constituency, 40 kilometres west of the capital, is son to Mugabe's sister Sabina, who was also elected in the rural constituency of Zvimba south.

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is challenging Zhuwao's victory in Manyame, pointing to a 10,000-vote discrepancy between the number of votes cast and the final tally announced by the electoral commission.

Zhuwao, who holds a degree in computer engineering, made his first foray into politics in the March 31 parliamentary elections as did his older brother Leo Mugabe who also won victory.

Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party won enough seats to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament that will enable the veteran leader to change the constitution.

Mugabe also swore in his new Cabinet, including the former Information Minister Chen Chimutengwende who has been given a newly created ministry called the Public and Interactive Affairs.

Deputy Ministers
Obert Matshalaga - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abednico Ncube - Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Bright Matonga - Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity
Sylvester Nguni - Deputy Minister of Agriculture
Joel Biggie Matiza - Deputy Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities
Phineas Chihota - Deputy Minister of Industry and International Trade
Edwin Muguti - Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare
Morris Sakabuya - Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development
Andrew Langa - Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism
Tinos Rusere - Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development
Rueben Marumahoko - Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
Hubert Nyanhongo - Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications
Saviour Kasukuwere - Deputy Minister of Youth Development and Employment Creation
Abigail Damasane - Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development
Patrick Zhuwao - Deputy Minister of Science and Technology
Samuel Undenge - Deputy Minister of Economic Development
David Chapfika - Deputy Minister of Finance
Isaiah Shumba - Deputy Minister of Education, Sports and Culture
Kenneth Mutiwekuziva - Deputy Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development

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