Cash-Strapped Zimbabwe Has 3 Ministers of Communications

President Mugabe and communications Minister Supa Mandiwanzira (File Photo).

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has reshuffled his Cabinet while creating additional Ministries in a move that has been described by the opposition as a joke.

Mugabe reassigned 10 ministers and made eight completely new deployments to his Cabinet overnight, but the opposition says none of these changes will improve the dire economic situation in the country.

Of concern is the country’s communications, which has been split into three, possibly a move which seeks to curtail freedom of expression and create posts for Mugabe’s allies.

Simon Khaya Moyo

Simon Khaya Moyo is a politician and spokesperson of ZANU-PF and has recently been appointed Minister of Media,Information and Broadcasting Services.

Simon Khaya Moyo, Minister of Media,Information and Broadcasting Services.

On 9 October 2017 the Predident of the ruling party Robert Mugabe reshuffled his cabinet and Simon Khaya Moyo was appointed as the Minister of Media,Information and Broadcasting services. Simon Khaya Moyo is the ruling party spokesperson and now  is in charge of Radios, TVs and Newspapers.

In 2007 he was appointed Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, a post he held until 2011. He was in 2013 cleared to be the second Vice-President after the death of John Nkomo in that year. His appointed was pursuant of the Unity Accord of 1987 that requires one vice president to be a former Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) official. He was appointed to be the Senior Minister in the President’s Office without a specific portfolio in 2013. This triggered political analysts to conclude that he was not going to be the next vice president.

He was born on the 1st of October 1945.

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Patrick Chinamasa

Patrick Antony Chinamasa (born 25 January 1947) is a Zimbabwean politician who as Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Cyber Security Minister, Patrick Chinamasa.

On 9 October 2017, he was appointed as Minister of the newly created Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.

The creation of the ministry comes at a time the government is preparing to introduce a Computer Crime and Cybersecurity Bill in parliament that rights lawyers say, if passed, will curtail freedom of expression online.

Social media is a place where robust criticism of Mugabe’s government currently takes place.

The government has been uneasy with social media after activists such as pastor Evan Mawararire and his #ThisFlag movement last year used social media to organise a stay-at-home demonstration, the biggest anti-government protest in a decade.

Chinamasa is in charge of WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram , 2go, YouTube and so forth.

Supa Collins Mandiwanzira

Supa Mandiwanzira is the current Minister for Information, Communication and Technology and Courier Services and was formerly the Deputy Minister of Information in Zimbabwe.

Supa Collins Mandiwanzira is in charge of Telegrams, Facsimiles, Posted Mail and so forth.