Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa will continue to be a thorn in the flesh of First Lady Grace Mugabe as he remained in his post but lost the Justice portfolio while she remains outside the government.
There had been wide speculation that the cabinet reshuffle which President Robert Mugabe hinted on on Saturday would see Mnangagwa thrown out of the government with the First Lady being elevated but nothing of the sort happened.
The biggest demotions seem to be those of Patrick Chinamasa and Simba Mumbengegwi who were replaced by Ignatius Chombo and Walter Mzembi but apart from Happyton Bonyongwe it was just recycling the same dead wood.
Some people see the removal of the Justice Ministry from Mnangagwa as a blow and will be looking at the new cabinet as who is from G40 and who is from Lacoste.
But more is to come when the politburo meets on Wednesday.
Bonyongwe automatically becomes leader of the House.
The cabinet reshuffle was as follows:
Ignatius Chombo Finance and Economic Development
Patrick Chinamasa Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation
Walter Mzembi Foreign Affairs.
Obert Mpofu Home Affairs
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Macro-economic Planning and Investment Promotion
Patrick Zhuwao Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Simon Khaya Moyo Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.
Saviour Kasukuwere Local Government, Rural development and National Housin
Christopher Mushohwe Minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Scholarships.
Makhosini Hlongwane Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
Edgar Mbwembwe Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry
Happyton Bonyongwe Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
Cain Mathema Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees
Chiratidzo Mabuwa Youth Development, Indigenization and Economic Employment.
Maboyi Ncube Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province
Thokozile Mathuthu Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province
Webster Shamu Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province
Paul Chimedza Minister of State for Masvingo Province