Mugabe prepares new govt despite protests

Saturday, January 3, 2009
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has started preparations to form a government despite opposition objections, firing a dozen ministers from his Zanu-PF party to clear the way for a new Cabinet, state media said on Saturday. The firing of nine ministers and three deputy ministers who lost their seats in March parliamentary polls is the clearest sign yet Mugabe may act on his threat to form a government without the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).