By John Ikani
Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is facing allegations of nepotism in the wake of his recent re-election, with critics pointing to his appointment of close relatives to key ministerial positions.
On Monday, Mr. Mnangagwa appointed his son, David Kudakwashe, as the deputy finance minister, citing the parliament’s youth quota as the basis for the selection.
In addition, his nephew, Tongai Mnangagwa, was named deputy tourism minister, as reported by local media outlets.
The finance ministry retained Mthuli Ncube, a former banker, as its head, while Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the national chairperson of the ruling Zanu-PF party, was re-appointed as the defence minister.
The new ministerial lineup drew criticism from Fadzayi Mahere, a vocal member of the main opposition party, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
She described the appointments as “indefensible” and accused President Mnangagwa of promoting nepotism.
These appointments have triggered disappointment among some social media users, who have expressed their concerns about the choices made.
Notably, neither the ruling party nor the presidency has issued an official response to these accusations.
Supporters of President Mnangagwa, however, argue that his son is qualified for the position.
It’s worth noting that Mr. Mnangagwa’s recent re-election has been marred by controversy, with the opposition raising allegations of fraud.
Also, some observers have criticized the election, stating that it did not meet regional and international standards.