Mugabe terminated the services of Sport and Recreation Minister Andrew Langa and replaced him with Makhosini Hlongwane, who last week had been appointed Minister without Portfolio.
The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda on Thursday confirmed the development.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said in a statement: “The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr MJM Sibanda, has announced the appointment of Honourable Makhosine Hlongwane by his Excellency the President, Cde RG Mugabe, as the new Minister of Sport and Recreation. He takes over from Honourable Andrew Langa whose services have been terminated.”
Langa has previously been accused of being aligned to former vice-president Joice Mujuru.
He survived previous cabinet chops which saw the 91-year-old Zimbabwean leader fire dozens of ministers and officials allegedly linked to Mujuru.
Mujuru was purged from the ruling party last December during the party’s congress after being accused of plotting to kill Mugabe.