Tsvangirai's full statement on Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai - The following Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers are being redeployed within the Party to strengthen and add momentum to Party programmes.


GOOD afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today to announce a ministerial reshuffle. This reshuffle is about the MDC delivering to the people of Zimbabwe. what they are looking for - real change. Over the past 16 months, we have recorded definite success in certain areas.

We have brought sanity and stability to the economy. We have revived the health sector, which had all but collapsed. We have got the schools back up and running, and textbooks distributed. We now have independent daily newspapers registered to operate.

Basic services such as sewerage reticulation, refuse collection and water provision have been restored in many areas. However, we still have many challenges; and these frankly overshadow our successes to-date. The pace of reform has been painfully slow. Abuses of power are still all too common.

Many people are still struggling to make a living wage, and provide for their families. Infrastructure rehabilitation and energy supply continue to inhibit development. I am acutely aware that these and other challenges have led to a loss of confidence in the new administration amongst the electorate. In response to this, as Prime Minister and President of the MDC, I have just completed a comprehensive review of the performance of the Government, and in particular of my Office and those Ministers who represent the MDC.

As a result, I have decided on a number of changes needed to strengthen the performance of the MDC in government and outside government, in order to deliver real change to the people of Zimbabwe. These changes, are being made with immediate effect, and the new ministers will be sworn in tomorrow, Thursday 24th June. The changes that are being implemented are as follows:

The following Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers are being redeployed within the Party to strengthen and add momentum to Party programmes:

Elias Mudzuri, formerly Minister of Energy and Power Development, and the Party's National Organiser Fidelis Mhashu, formerly Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, and the Party's National Executive Member for Chitungwiza Evelyn Masaiti, formerly Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender & Community Development, and the Party's Secretary of the Women's Assembly Thamasanqa Mhalangu, formerly Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation & Empowerment, and the Party's National Youth Chairperson.

The following will become Cabinet Ministers:

Jameson Timba, formerly Deputy Minister of Media, Information & Publicity, will become Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Tapiwa Mashakada, will become Minister of Economic Planning & Investment Promotion The following will become Deputy Ministers:

Gift Chimanikire will become Deputy Minister of Mines & Mining Development, Obert Gutu will become Deputy Minister of Justice & Legal Affairs. Tongai Matutu will become Deputy Minister of Youth, Indigenisation & Empowerment The following Cabinet Ministers will change portfolios, as follows:

Elton Mangoma formerly Minister of Economic Planning & Investment Promotion, will become Minister of Energy & Power Development Theresa Makone, formerly Minister of Public Works, will become Minister of Home Affairs Giles Mutsekwa, formerly Minister of Home Affairs, will become co-Minister of Housing & Social Amenities Gorden Moyo, formerly Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, will become Minister of State Enterprises & Parastatals Joel Gabuza, formerly Minister of State Enterprises & Parastatals, will become Minister of Public Works The following Deputy Ministers will change portfolios, as follows:

Murisi Zvizvai, formerly Deputy Minister of Mines & Mining Development, will become Deputy Minister of Media, Information & Publicity Jesse Majome, formerly Deputy Minister of Justice & Legal Affairs, will become Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender & Community Development Ladies and Gentlemen, the MDC agreed to form this inclusive Government as it represented the most practical means of moving Zimbabwe forward and halt the needless suffering of the people.

In undertaking this task I have been humbled and encouraged by the commitment of all members of the MDC's leadership, both within and outside of Government and I believe we are truly embodying the principles of a Party of Excellence.

I therefore wish to thank those Ministers and Deputy Ministers who are returning to the Party for their commitment and hard work and I call upon those remaining in the Government and our new Ministers and Deputy Ministers to join me in redoubling our efforts to deliver real change to the people of Zimbabwe.

Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC President and Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

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