Wake up call for government


The government will soon require government ministries to submit their work-programmes to the Office of the President and Cabinet so that it can monitor progress on the implementation of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.

The government’s blue-print, ZimAsset, is due for mid-term review at the end of this year.

According to The Chronicle, Mary Mubi, who is in charge of public affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet, said plans were under way to set up a government portal under which all ministries would submit a diary of their activities for the following week to ensure effective monitoring.

ZimAsset was supposed to be the government’s solution to the country’s economic woes but not much has changed since the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front won the 2013 elections.

Instead the economy has been on the decline with companies closing and employees being retrenched.

More than 80 percent of the country’s budget is spent on salaries and wages for civil servants.

Although some have blamed the current state on the political squabbles with ZANU-PF, there are others who feel that the new team can steer the country out of its present woes.

A Zimbabwean currently in the diaspora who was involved in the liberation struggle had this to say: “With two VPs, one a veteran in matters of national security and the other, diplomacy and business, we could now concentrate on concrete national development.

“The President himself can be left to travel as much as he likes. Taxation should start with those bigwigs who consider it their natural right to enjoy all the best Zimbabwe has to offer without being accountable to anybody.”


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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