President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today appointed a 20 member cabinet with some significant new faces, while party heavyweights including Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa and Simon Khaya Moyo among others fell by the wayside.
New faces that made it on the list includes Olympics gold medalist, Kirsty Coventry who will head the Sports, Arts and Culture ministry, Professor Mthuli Ncube appointed in the finance portfolio and Dr Sekesai Zenza- Public Service.
Former Chief Executive Officer of Chitungwiza General Hospital, Dr Obadiah Moyo is another surprise inclusion in the ministry of Health and Child Care.
Among the heavyweights who fell by the wayside are Patrick Chinamasa, Simon Khaya Moyo, Mike Bimha, Supa Mandiwanzira, Dr David Parirenyatwa and Obert Mpofu among others.
Mnangagwa only retained Cain Mathema among the Ministers of state for provincial affairs with the rest being new faces including Judith Ncube- Bulawayo, Larry Mavhima- Midlands, Mary Mliswa- Mashonaland West, Monica Mavhunga- Mashonaland Central, Apollonia Munzverengi- Mashonaland East, Ellen Gwaradzimba- Manicaland and Ezra Chadzamira- Masvingo.
According to Mnangagwa all the former ministers who did not make it on the new list will be deployed to work for the party.
Asked why he had not included ministers from the opposition, Mnangagwa denied ever announcing intentions to rope in outsiders adding that his party had not deliberated or advised him about it.