Compare & Contrast: Tsvangirai Vs Mugabe – Ministerial Positions

HARARE – THE opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday published its wish list of ministries it wishes to control in a power sharing government.

The party identified 10 "key ministries" which it divided equally with Zanu PF.

Both Zanu PF and the MDC led by Tsvangirai have not challenged the allocation of three ministries – Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Education
and Industry and Commerce — to the smaller MDC faction led by Arthur Mutambara.

But the Tsvangirai MDC’s list differs from the ministry allocation gazetted by President Robert Mugabe after talks with Tsvangirai and Mutambara last year. The MDC-T has rejected the gazetted allocation as a "Zanu PF wish list".

Here are the two lists compared:

Ministry allocations as published in government gazette:

MDC-T

Zanu PF

MDC-M

1. Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs

1. Defence

1. Industry & Commerce

2. Finance

2. Transport

2. Regional Integration and International Trade

3. Economic Planning and Investment Promotion

3. Foreign Affairs

3. Education, Sport & Culture

4. Energy and Power Development

4. Justice and Legal Affairs

 

5. Labour and Social Welfare

5. Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement

 

6. Health and Child Welfare

6. Local Government and Urban Development

 

7. Water Resources Development and Management

7. Mines and Mining Development

 

8. Public Service

8. Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment

 

9. Sport, Arts and Culture

9. Media, Information and Publicity

 

10. State Enterprise and Parastatals

10. Higher and Tertiary Education

 

11. Information Communication Technology

11. Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development

 

12. National Housing and Social Amenities

12. Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

 

13. Public Works

13. Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism

 

14. Science and Technology Development

14. HOME AFFAIRS

 

15. HOME AFFAIRS

   

In the government gazette, the FINANCE ministry was originally allocated to Zanu PF together with HOME AFFAIRS. But Zanu PF conceded FINANCE to the Tsvangirai MDC during negotiations and accepted a NDC proposal to share control of HOME AFFAIRS. As a result of the FINANCE ministry concession, one ministry from the Tsvangirai MDC allocation would be expected to go to Zanu PF leaving a balance of 13+Home Affairs for Tsvangirai MDC and 14+Home Affairs for Zanu PF

 

 

 

Tsvangirai’s MDC went to negotiations on Monday with the following counter-proposal:

MDC-T

Zanu PF

MDC-M

1. Home Affairs

1. Defence

1. Industry & Commerce

2. Finance

2. National Security (This Ministry was part of the original 31 agreed Ministries but was then removed from the list despite the portfolio still being controlled by Zanu PF. We have added it to the list once again)

2. Regional Integration and International Trade

3. Media, Information and Publicity

3. Foreign Affairs

3. Education, Sport & Culture

4. Local Government, Rural & Urban Dev.

4. Justice and Legal Affairs

 

5. Agriculture

5. Lands and Land Resettlement

 

6. Economic Planning and Investment Promotion

6. Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development

 

7. Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Environment,

7. Mines and Mining Development

 

8. Natural Resources and Tourism

8. Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment

 

9. Women, Gender and Community Development

9. Transport

 

10. Information and Communications Technology

10. Higher and Tertiary Education

 

11. Health and Child Welfare

11. State Enterprises & Parastatal Management

 

12. Labour and Social Welfare

12. Energy and Energy Development

 

13. Public Service

13. Science & Technology

 
 

14. Water Resources Development and Management

 
 

15. Public Works

 
 

16. National Housing

 

Ministries marked in red are "KEY MINISTRIES"