MDC slams 'deadwood' Mugabe cabinet

2013-09-12 07:48
Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, left, swears in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his inauguration in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, left, swears in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his inauguration in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition dismissed President Robert Mugabe's new cabinet as political "deadwood" on Wednesday as the veteran leader swore in new ministers after disputed elections.

The opposition MDC party called the new cabinet "the same crop of tired Zanu-PF politicians," referring to Mugabe's party.

"Regrettably, what we have seen is a recycling of the same exhausted minds that have presided over the dramatic demise of what was once the jewel and bread basket of Africa," said the MDC in a statement.

Mugabe, 89, was declared winner of the 31 July elections by a landslide of 61% of the vote.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his top rival and former prime minister, claimed the polls were "a massive fraud" and a "sham".

Western countries said the vote was neither free nor fair, while African countries said they were free but would not pass them as fair.

At the swearing-in, Mugabe reiterated his plans to force foreign-owned companies to cede 51% ownership to black Zimbabweans and pledged to work to rebuild the fragile and slowly recovering economy.

Mass unemployment

"Zimbabwe must just make progress," he told reporters.

The country is struggling to combat mass unemployment and come up with food aid for millions of people in need.

The new cabinet is full of veterans and Zanu-PF loyalists, including some ministers who, like Mugabe, have been in office since independence in 1980.

Ex-justice minister Patrick Chinamasa has been handed the task of steering the economy.

Official Zimbabwe unemployment statistics are hard to come by, but independent economists estimate that more than eight in 10 people are out of formal work.

Political upheaval after an election in 2008 sent the country's economy into a tailspin marked by astronomical inflation that reached 231 million percent.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  patrick chinamasa  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.