African President Appoints Son and Nephew as Ministers

African President Appoints Son and Nephew as Ministers
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In a move that has ignited controversy and drawn criticism, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has appointed his son and nephew as ministers in his newly reshuffled cabinet.African President Appoints Son and Nephew as Ministers

The appointments come on the heels of his recent re-election and have raised concerns about nepotism within the government.

On Monday, President Mnangagwa named his son, David Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, as the deputy finance minister, while his nephew, Tongai Mafidhi Mnangagwa, assumed the role of deputy minister of tourism and hospitality.

These appointments have generated a wave of criticism and scrutiny, particularly regarding allegations of nepotism.

Africa News reported that these familial appointments are part of a larger cabinet reshuffle, resulting in the creation of 26 ministries.

However, the move has been met with strong opposition. Fadzayi Mahere, a lawmaker from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), characterized Mnangagwa’s cabinet as “indefensible.”

She cited concerns about legitimacy, corruption, violence, incompetence, and ethical issues within the government.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that President Mnangagwa may also be considering an official role in his office for another of his sons, Emmerson Junior, as reported by African News.

This development comes amidst a backdrop of political instability in Africa, with coups and power struggles becoming increasingly prevalent in the Sahel region.

African leaders have faced heightened scrutiny for their roles in these power dynamics, raising concerns about the concentration of power within the continent.

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