Zimbabwean PM announces cabinet reshuffle for ministers from his party (2)

21:47, June 23, 2010      

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Mangoma is the new minister of energy and power development while Theresa Makone, formerly minister of public works, will become co-minister of home affairs, taking over from Giles Mutsekwa who becomes minister of housing and social amenities.

Former minister of state in the prime minister's office Gorden Moyo becomes minister of state enterprises and parastatals, taking over from Joel Gabbuzza who becomes minister of public works.

Murisi Zwizwai, formerly deputy minister of mines and mining development becomes deputy minister of media, information and publicity.

Tsvangirai denied that the reshuffle was a result of factionalism in the party, emphasizing that the intention was to strengthen the party structures ahead of elections.

Mugabe has refused to swear the party's treasurer Roy Bennett into office as deputy minister of agriculture because of his perceived links with former Rhodesian white farmers. Tsvangirai said Bennett still remained his choice for the portfolio despite Mugabe's refusal to swear him into office and added that the issue, together with another one on the allocation of provincial governors, had been submitted to South African President Jacob Zuma for mediation.

Zuma is facilitating negotiations meant to resolve outstanding issues in the GPA, at the behest of the Southern African Development Community.

On alleged threats by a senior civil servant on a mobile phone service provider over the use of its service by the MDC to launch an audio service, Tsvangirai said people should move along with technological advances.

"If you are still living in the day of typewriters when people are using computers you are really falling behind.. Those who like to behave like a dodo can still behave like a dodo. That is not going to stop us from implementing the new technologies that are available to us. And of course we are not violating the law and I' m sure that those facilities will continue to be made available to the people.

The MDC recently launched an audio service which it says will give its supporters a platform to hear an alternative voice on national and political events.

A spokesman for the party said the audio platform would counter propaganda allegedly conveyed by national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which has been accused of supporting President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF at the expense of other political parties in the inclusive government.

Under the new communication platform, Zimbabweans call a set of cellular phone numbers which cut to allow a call-back facility to enable the radio system to call back to listeners who will then receive guidelines that will lead them to various options

Other menu options include the MDC's position on the constitution-making process, party events, and a feed-back platform where Zimbabweans can leave their messages to the party.

Source: Xinhua
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