The April Fools� Day cabinet reshuffle announcement and its aftermath

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi
Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi

I would get out of the situation by making Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi a Cabinet Minister without portfolio if I did not want to outright sack her. Ok. There are things on which reasonable human beings generally agree on, and those that reasonable human beings agree they should not agree upon. Before going into those we may end up agreeing to disagree upon, let me go into what we all should agree upon: significant matters of state craft such as announcement of cabinet reshuffles should never be done on April Fools ’ Day. The decision, no matter how good, is presented as a comical act. On to more substantive matters- is anything wrong with this reshuffle? Pardon a rather lengthy read this time, it has to be.

There is a little matter of blatant opportunism by those who have called press conferences over this: one of their main arguments has been that it shows indecision on the part of the Presidency- that the President does not know what he wants. I find this illogical: the man has made a decision to have people act and have another be assigned to something else. Is that not a decision? How is that proof of being indecisive?

Maybe they disagree with his decision but then I would ask them if they know all that led to him making that decision? They should rather be questioning the modality of this redeployment, not the act of a cabinet reshuffle itself, unless this now means the inconvenience of them having to do a reshuffle of their own?

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