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President Mnangagwa Names Son as Deputy Finance Minister

Following his contentious reelection last month, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa named his son as one of a new group of ministers, prompting accusations of nepotism.

As part of the parliament’s young quota, Mnangagwa appointed his son, David Kudakwashe, as deputy finance minister on Monday.

According to local media, he also selected Tongai Mnangagwa as the deputy minister of tourism.

Former banker Mthuli Ncube was retained as finance minister, and Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, national chair of the ruling Zanu-PF party, was reappointed as defense minister.

Fadzayi Mahere, a vocal member of the major opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), called the new ministry lineup “indefensible” and charged Mr. Mnangagwa with encouraging nepotism.

On social media, some people have been criticising the appointment.

The ruling party and the presidency have not yet issued an official statement regarding the accusation. However, Mnangagwa’s supporters assert that his son is qualified for the job.

The opposition has questioned Mnangagwa’s reelection, claiming allegations of fraud, and some observers have argued the election did not adhere to national and international standards.

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