INTRODUCTION: In the wake of the cabinet reshuffle in Zimbabwe, which effectively demoted the former Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo, two new ministers have joined the cabinet of the Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe.
GV Parliament House, Salisbury showing guard at entrance (2 shots)
SVs Soldiers in military vehicle (2 shots)
SV Former Prime Minister Ian Smith, arriving and entering building
SV Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, arrives with officials
SV Former Manpower and Development Minister, Edgar Tekere, greeting Simba Makoni, Minister of Industry and Energy Development-designate, and Frederick Shava, Manpower and Development Minister-designate
SV Zimbabwe flag flying over Parliament building PULL BACK TO GV
SV INTERIOR President Canaan Banana (on left) signing document with Mugabe seated opposite. Shava and Makoni being congratulated after being sworn in. Mr. Mugabe and President Banana leaving
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the wake of the cabinet reshuffle in Zimbabwe, which effectively demoted the former Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo, two new ministers have joined the cabinet of the Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe.
The new ministers were sworn in at the opening of a new sitting of the Zimbabwe parliament in Salisbury on Tuesday (20 January). At the session, the country's 15-year-old state of emergency was extended for a further six months.
SYNOPSIS: Political life in Zimbabwe is tense. Mr. Nkomo's fall from grace has angered his Patriotic Front - Zimbabwe African People's Union (PF-ZAPU) supporters. The tension is evident in Salisbury streets.
The former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, attacked the decision to continue the state of emergency, which provides for arrest without charge and search without warrant. But, Mr. Mugabe defended it, citing an abnormal security situation for the decision. The former Manpower Minister, Edgar Tekere, recently acquitted of a charge of murdering a white farmer, was on hand to meet his successor, Frederick Shava.
He, too, was a victim of Mr. Mugabe's cabinet reshuffle.
The Zimbabwean President, Canaan Banana, legalised the swearing in of the new ministers. Mr. Shava was promoted to the Manpower Planning and Development portfolio. He was previously party whip for Mr. Mugabe's Patriotic Front-Zimbabwe African National Union (PF-ZANU). Simba Makoni was also elevated in the cabinet from his former portfolio of Agriculture to Industry and Energy Development. At 30, he is the youngest member of the government.