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Ex-military bosses secure senatorial seats

By Staff Reporter

RETIRED top military bosses Perence Shiri and Sibusiso Moyo have both secured seats in the country’s upper house of assembly enhancing chances of their possible return to government as cabinet ministers.

They are among a group of top politicians from both Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance who have revived their political careers through being ushered into the senate.

Shiri is former commander of the Air Force who has been elected as a senator for Mashonaland Central.

Moyo, on his part, almost became a celebrity soldier when he appeared on screen November 15 last year to announce the military seizure of government from then state leader Robert Mugabe.

On his retirement, Shiri was appointed Agriculture Minister while Moyo became Foreign Affairs Minister but the two were not among members of parliament from which the State leader could choose his ministers.

They can now be easily drafted into cabinet if the President so wishes.

Meanwhile, among some top political leaders who have kept their political careers alive through entry into the senate are Masvingo provincial affairs minister Josiah Hungwe while ex-president Mugabe’s choice of successor Sydney Sekeramayi made it to the upper house from Mashonaland East.

Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa also makes the list from those coming from Mashonaland East.

Current Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu abandoned lower house of assembly and chose the senate where he is now a member.

Former cabinet minister Chenhamo Chimutengwende also makes a surprise return to the fold through a Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial slot.

The opposition MDC, equally, has some of its top politician reviving their careers through membership to the senate.

They include Theresa Makone, Elias Mudzuri, Morgen Femai all from Harare province while Douglas Mwonzora and Morgan Komichi are appointed from Manicaland and Midlands respectively.