Don’t live on perception, look at what I am doing, Mnangagwa says


President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is currently in the United States for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly says the world should look at what he is doing and not live on perceptions.

He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Zimbabwe’s past should now be left behind because he is working for the betterment of his people and to do so he needs the best brains that the country can produce across the board.

Amanpour had asked Mnangagwa whether his administration was really a new government, a new dawn, or it was just the old guard taking on a new role- old wine in new bottles.

Mnangagwa responded: “If you look at me then you would say I belong to the old guard and that is a fact. But look at the new cabinet that I have, look at how many new people that I have. You can see the direction in which we are going.

“People should examine what I am doing not live on perception. I believe that the past should be left behind,” he said.

Mnangagwa has appointed a 21-member cabinet most of whom were not in the government of President Robert Mugabe.

Two of the cabinet members do not even belong to his party though he did not select any from the main opposition for Movement Democratic Change which has rejected his victory.

Mnangagwa also appointed new permanent secretaries and retired some senior civil servants.

All decisions made by his cabinet, he said, will be communicated to the nation every Wednesday.

Ministers are going to work on 100-day cycles as a model of doing business and delivering quality services to the people.

They will be using three instruments: the Integrated Results Based Management System, the Rapid Results Approach and the Executive Electronic Dashboard.

This system should enable cabinet, ministries or parastatals to track project performance at the click of a button.



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Charles Rukuni
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