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Charamba defends Shiri, Moyo cabinet appointments

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson George Charamba has defended the controversial appointment into cabinet, of top military commanders Perrance Shiri (pictured) and Sibusiso Sibanda amid fears President Emmerson Mnangagwa was militarising government.

The two were appointed together with a few other civilian officials during Thursday’s announcement of a new cabinet by Mnangagwa.

Air Marshal Shiri was appointed as Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement minister while Major General Moyo was appointed Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister.

Moyo, on his part, short to national prominence when he appeared on national television last month to announce the military seizure of government from then President Robert Mugabe during the onset of the so-called Operation Restore Legacy.

His appointment to cabinet and that of Shiri have set tongues wagging with claims the military was beginning to have a stranglehold on a civilian administration.

But Charamba told State media weekend that Shiri and Moyo were merited for their new jobs.

“…You will also note that the incumbent minister (Moyo) for that ministry has a proven record from his previous office.

“Air Marshal Perrance Shiri has been driving Command Agriculture. It’s not like he is coming from the barracks into the cornfields. He had long left the barracks for the cornfield. His appointment is consistent with the phrase ‘hitting the ground running’.

Air Marshal Shiri, it is said, is a holder of a Master of Science degree in Development Studies and helped steer the Specialised Maize Production and Import Substitution Programme or Command Agriculture as chair of its technical committee.

Shiri is also said to have been one of Zimbabwe’s top farmers for years running.

Rtd Maj-Gen Moyo holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe and is regarded as one of the best minds in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces with huge experienced in global diplomacy.

“This restores that balance between the political and the economic. Ultimately, nations do act in pursuit of their economic interests because at the heart of good politics is economics. You will also note that the incumbent minister for that ministry has a proven record from his previous office,” Charamba said.

“Air Marshal Perrance Shiri has been driving Command Agriculture. It’s not like he is coming from the barracks into the cornfields. He had long left the barracks for the cornfield. His appointment is consistent with the phrase ‘hitting the ground running’.

 

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