HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Newly re-elected Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn into a new cabinet Tuesday after appointing one…
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Newly re-elected Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in to a new cabinet Tuesday after appointing one of his sons and one of his nephews as deputy ministers.
Mnangagwa’s cabinet was largely made up of loyalists to his ruling ZANU-PF party. The decision to appoint his son David Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, 34, as deputy finance minister, and his nephew Tongai Mnangagwa, as deputy tourism minister, was criticized by the opposition.
Mnangagwa, 80, had no members of the main opposition coalition, the Citizens’ Coalition for Change, which rejected his victory in last month’s elections.
The credibility of the vote was also questioned by Western and African observers.
Mnangagwa retained many of his former ministers in his new cabinet, while also including several younger ZANU-PF members.
The opposition CCC said Mnangagwa’s appointment of family members was “particularly worrying”.
“Rather than thinking about the national fate, Mr Mnangagwa put in place an infrastructure to feed his family,” CCC spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi said in a statement.
Mnangagwa received 52.6 percent of the vote in the August 23-24 vote to be re-elected for what the constitution decrees should be his second and final five-year term as president of the southern African country.
ZANU-PF also retained its parliamentary majority, but not with sufficient numbers to amend the constitution without cooperation from the opposition. Some members of Mnangagwa’s party have suggested that the constitution be amended to allow him to run again.
Observers criticized the election, citing an atmosphere of intimidation against the opposition before and during the vote, strict security laws, a ban on opposition meetings and rallies, and bias by state media.
Manangagwa rejected CCC calls for new elections supervised by neighboring countries.
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