President Mugabe announced the names of his new deputies following the sacking of Mujuru and another 10 cabinet members. Mujuru had been regarded as the person most likely to replace the 90-year-old leader when he leaves the political stage. For an assessement of the new appointments DW turned to Zimbabwean journalist and blogger Vincent Musewe. DW: Vincent Musewe, what does the news of the new appointments mean for Zimbabwe? Vincent Musewe: I think it takes away a lot of anxiety because there was a lot of speculation about who Mugabe would appoint. But this puts paid to the anxiety and we can now focus on the economy. Initially we had predicted that Mnangagwa could be the next guy. There were rumors that when Mugabe went to China he was told that China was backing Mnangagwa as the next president. This kind of confirms that. But the good thing is that at least he is a person of substance, not just a lame duck as vice president. DW: What should we expect from these two new figures in terms of the way ZANU-PF is operating? It stabilizes ZANU-PF. In Zimbabwe the vice president has never really had a substantive role to… Read full this story
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