Hon Shamu now the new ICT Minister, Bad or Good News For ICT.

By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito

The Zimbabwe`s new cabinet has just been announced and our greatest area of interest which is ICT portfolio has been given to a minister well known in the government business for years Honourable Webster Shamuyarira.

Shamuyarira has been the minister of information and publicity and has served quite well with the media fraternity and journalists overally.

To add more responsibility the minister will take over the whole portfolio which was once shared over with the ministry of transport, communication and infrastructure development, It is now called the ministry of transport so Shamuyarira takes over the whole ICT and communication.

Honourable Shamuyarira replaces the youthful and vibrant Honourable Nelson Chamisa who in his last tenure hcontributed well enough under his ministry with driving the national ICT policy, unfortunately he did not see it launched during his days.


The button has now been handed to Honourable shamuyarira and we are quite interested in seeing how well he will turn the technological titanic for the development of ICTs in Zimbabwe.

Although Shamuyarira has been in the government business for years, some critics doubt if a man of his age, a (BBC) Born way Before Computers will have the right “spark” and interest as far as the new technological industry is concerned.

Some have also said that it does not really take any particular qualification to head a ministry as we have previously seen qualified lawyers by profession like Tendai Biti steering the financial portfolio.
Well what are your thoughts.

Here is the full cabinet list

Webster Shamu =Information and Communication Technology

Ignatius Chombo = Local Government

Emmerson Mnangagwa =Justice and Legal Affairs

Patrick Chinamasa = Finance

Dzikamai Mavhaire =Energy and Power Development

Francis Nhema = Indigenisation

Douglas Mombeshora =Lands

Jonathan Moyo = Information and Publicity

Sydney Sekeramayi =Defence

Walter Mzembi =Tourism

Andrew Langa = Sport, Arts and Culture

Savior Kasukuwere = Environment

Lazarus Dokora = Primary and Secondary Education

Olivia Muchena = Higher and Tertiary Education

David Parirenyatwa = Health

Kembo Mohadi = Home Affairs

Oppah Muchinguri = Women’s Affairs

Nicholas Goche = Labour

Walter Chidhakwa = Mines

Obert Mpofu = Transport

Sithembiso Nyoni = Small and Medium Enterprises

Simon Khaya Moyo = Senior Minister

Joseph Made = Agriculture

Simbaneuta Mudarikwa = Minister of State for Mashonaland East

Cabinet has been reduced from 33 to 26

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs:

Bulawayo = Eunice Moyo

Harare = Mirriam Chikukwa

Manicaland = Chris Mushowe

Mash Central = Martin Dinha

Mash West =>Faber Chidarikire

Mash East = Simbaneuta Mudarikwa

Masvingo = Kudakwashe Bhasikiti

Matebeleland North = Cain Mathema

Matabeleland South = Abednico Ncube

Midlands = Jason Machaya

Deputy Ministers:

David Murapira and Paddy Zhanda = Deputy Ministers of Agriculture

Ziyambi Ziyambi => Deputy Minister of Home Affairs

Alice Mabuwa => Deputy Minister of Industry and commerce

Munacho Mutezo => Deputy Minister of Energy

Simon Musanhu => Deputy minister of Environment

Dr Samuel Undenge => Deputy Minister of Finance

Dr Paul Chimedza => Deputy Minister of Health

Tendai Savanhu => Deputy Minister of Lands

Biggie Matiza => Deputy Minister of Local Government

Novert Mukonora => Deputy Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises

Tabeth Malinga => Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Petronella Kagonye => Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development

Abigail Damasane => Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs.

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