Mnangagwa needs good advisor(s)

Mnangagwa needs good advisor(s)
Published: 05 December 2017 (276 Views)
The announcement of a new Cabinet by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his subsequent revision of it to address the constitutional mistakes he had made should not be treated as a small thing.

Mnangagwa is historically a stickler for detail and is known for meticulous planning and therefore his gaffe was something that was least expected.

There are many reasons why this was not expected and one of them is that he's a lawyer and has experience both from being a solicitor and a former Justice minister.

In drawing up his list of Cabinet ministers last Thursday, Mnangagwa violated the Constitution by appointing more than the stipulated five non-constituent MPs to take roles of ministers. He appointed eight.

According to section 104(3) of the Constitution, the president may appoint up to five ministers and deputy ministers from outside Parliament.

The president also had to revise his Cabinet to comply with Section 104 (4) which demands him in appointing ministers and their deputies to be guided by considerations of regional and gender balance.  Still there is no gender balance.

As Justice minister and later vice president, Mnangagwa is well-versed in these procedures but to be fair to him, he was overwhelmed by the pressure to form a new government. But he needed a trusted person to run through his choices for compliance purposes.

The president's faux pas should act as a timely reminder to Mnangagwa that he needs good advisors who can support him in the implementation of his programmes. Part of the reason why former president Robert Mugabe lasted so long in power was his uncanny ability to see this long before they were due.

Perhaps his embarrassing fall was the only thing that he failed to see.

Having been by Mugabe's side for nearly 54 years, it is hoped that Mnangagwa learned a lot from his close association with the deposed 93-year-old.

And it is fair to say that his long time in government and being a pillar of the Mugabe administration should spur Mnangagwa to do better than the man he replaced.

Mnangagwa has a difficult task in trying to extricate the country out of the black hole that Mugabe created and he needs the right people in government; be they ministers or advisers.

The false start that he has made is not a yardstick of his performance but it's worth noting.



- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Zimbabwe teachers demand salaries in US$

by newzimbabwe | 20 October 2018 | 45 Views

'Chamisa's Alliance plotted a coup against Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 56 Views

Demand for Indian sex sweets rises

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 49 Views

'Chamisa won't be contested at congress' - no vacancy in MDC presidium

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 48 Views

Mthuli Ncube calls for political reforms

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 49 Views

Mnangagwa's minister exposed charging in USD refuses Bond notes

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 39 Views

Zimsec engages Deloitte And Touch over exam leaks

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 37 Views

The White Man who sent fear down Mugabe's spine

by Globe and Mail | 20 October 2018 | 37 Views

Human rights violations down in Zimbabwe

by Stephen Jakes | 20 October 2018 | 27 Views

Mliswa pleads with Finance minister to see importance of MPs vehicles

by Stephen Jakes | 20 October 2018 | 21 Views

Electric Tesla car causes stir on Zimbabwe social media

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2018 | 33 Views

Zimbabwe army officers warned

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 39 Views

Biti savages Mthuli Ncube

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 33 Views

Zanu-PF backers justify army use of deadly force

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 31 Views

Zimbabwe tax system hit by low compliance levels

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 26 Views

Price controls, tinkering with the deck while the titanic is sinking

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 19 October 2018 | 197 Views

Man nearly killed over cooking oil

by Simbarashe Sithole | 19 October 2018 | 184 Views

Mnangagwa closing in on unscrupulous businesspeople

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 199 Views

Prophet sells congregant's vehicle

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 165 Views

Zanu-PF's Dexter Nduna confirmed Chegutu West MP

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 114 Views

Mnangagwa caps 1719 graduands

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 87 Views

ZCTU calls for resignation of Minister Gumbo

by Stephen Jakes | 19 October 2018 | 242 Views

Mnangagwa has to deliver and, urgently too

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 252 Views

Zanu-PF dictatorship, ideological dominance

by Vivid Gwede | 19 October 2018 | 169 Views

ZCTU, why spare Bulawayo council over rates hike

by Conway Tutani | 19 October 2018 | 156 Views

Motlanthe Commission risks playing into Zanu-PF agenda

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 208 Views

Councils challenged to generate own income

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 136 Views

Zimbabwe gender parity misses 50% mark, says Mohadi

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 99 Views

Zanu-PF official, sangoma jailed over pangolin scales

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 160 Views

Mliswa mocks Gender Commission

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 145 Views

Police harass senior Masvingo journalist

by Stephen Jakes | 19 October 2018 | 128 Views

Zimbabwe gold exports decline by 21%

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 149 Views

Zimbabwe drops in World Economic Forum rankings

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 162 Views

Village Inn exonerates Supa Mandiwanzira

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 123 Views

Zimbabwe army killings probe hots up

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 148 Views

Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax sparks confusion

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 125 Views