New Zimbabwean ministers sworn in

Standing before Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ministers held up Bibles and pledged to remain faithful to Zimbabwe and to observe its laws.

Former air force commander Perence Shiri (L), who was appointed Lands and Agriculture minister, takes his oath of office in a new cabinet which took oath of office at State House on December 4, 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s new Cabinet ministers have taken their oaths of office at a ceremony at State House in Harare.

The ministers were sworn in by the new president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday.

Standing before President Mnangagwa, the ministers held up Bibles and pledged to remain faithful to Zimbabwe and to observe its laws.

Many of the ministers who took the oath of office have served in previous government positions under former president Robert Mugabe.

That, critics say, makes the current line-up uninspiring; they say it doesn’t reflect the unity seen in the country in the days before Mugabe’s resignation.

There has also been criticism over the lack of gender balance, as only four of the 21 new Cabinet ministers are women.