Nduduzo Tshuma/Harare Bureau
INTEREST groups yesterday welcomed President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet reshuffle, saying the decision to move long-serving ministers to new portfolios was bound to bring fresh ideas to the ministries and also spread experience to their new briefs.
The move, they said, was a boon for the speedy implementation of government programmes in various portfolios.
President Mugabe yesterday reassigned six ministers and appointed one new Minister of State.
University student representative councils (SRCs) yesterday welcomed Professor Jonathan Moyo to the ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development saying he was capable of bringing tremendous change in the sector.
Prof Moyo takes over from Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who has been reassigned to head the Environment, Water and Climate portfolio.
Midlands State University (MSU) SRC president Hastings Tengende described Prof Moyo as flexible and innovative.
“I think Prof Moyo is one of the people that could change this ministry. He’s flexible and can bring in new things that are beneficial to the higher and tertiary education ministry,” he said.
Tengende implored Prof Moyo to constantly meet students and dialogue with them to improve the ministry as well as address their plight.
National University of Science and Technology (NUST) SRC president Shadowlit Ndou said Prof Moyo had a great deal to offer to the country’s institutions of higher education.
“He has a great deal to offer. I believe President Mugabe appointed him on merit. Prof Moyo has an ideology of improving the learning system in the country,” said Ndou.
He expressed hope that Prof Moyo would also address the plight of students.
Lupane State University (LSU) SRC president Denzel Mpamhadzi said one of the main areas Prof Moyo needs to attend to is the challenge students face in securing places for work-related learning.
“We face a lot of challenges in securing attachment as students and that’s the only thing the new minister must address,” he said Mpamhadzi.
Misheck Hakulandaba posted on his Twitter:
“This is good news. I believe you will make a success and improve quality and delivery. If you need anything, just let us know.”
Zibani Dube also added: “Prof JN Moyo still reachable as the new Minister of Higher Education. Siyabonga.”
Sondo Khuku posted: “Congratulations Prof, you have always brought light in which ever area of assignment. Wish you the best.”
Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) external affairs secretary Lonias Majoni said that Prof Moyo’s appointment would improve the country’s tertiary education.
“Prof Moyo was a student and at some level he taught at university, so definitely he is well acquainted with problems which students face at the moment,” he said.
Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said:
“As we bid Chombo farewell, we wish him well in his new station of service. We welcome Minister Kasukuwere who is not new to Cabinet and has been heading a ministry significantly linked to the city.
“While Chombo was solid on local government experience, the new minister will probably project a fresh vision. We look forward to participating as an extension of central government.”
Zimbabwe Informal Sector’s Organisation leader Promise Mkwananzi said they look forward to a harmonious working relationship with Minister Kasukuwere.
“We look forward to a healthy working relationship as we grapple with finding an amicable solution to the issue of vendors and other informal traders in the country’s major cities.”
National Archives director Ivan Murambiwa said they were happy to work with Chombo who is the new Home Affairs Minister.
“We’re there to serve under any principal assigned to us,” he said.
“It’s business as usual. We worked well with Minister Mohadi and we won’t have any problems working with Chombo as our new minister.”
Good governance expert Tinei Zaranyika said the reshuffle was bound to bring fresh ideas to different ministries.
“You had Chombo in local government for donkey years, Mohadi in Home Affairs from the time he took the baton from the late John Landa Nkomo, surely new ideas were needed in those portfolios. I’m not saying these were bad ministers, but the experience they amassed can come in handy in their new portfolios,’’ Zaranyika said.