2 April 2014

Zimbabwe: 'Unfreeze Key Government Posts' - Mohadi

Photo: WHO/Paul Garwood
A health worker taking care of a patient.

Home Affairs Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi has called on the Civil Service Commission to unfreeze posts, especially in critical sectors of the economy. Speaking soon after meeting heads of Government departments for Beitbridge district on Monday, Cde Mohadi said acute shortage of staff was affecting the effective implementation of the Zim-Asset economic turnaround plan.

The meeting was aimed at evaluating how arms of Government should align their operations with the country's economic blue print.

"From the presentations made by defferent departments, it came out clear that we have critical shortages in terms of human resources," he said.

"It is prudent for the CSC to consider unfreezing Government posts if we are to successfully implement the Zim-Asset programme."

Cde Mohadi said some of the challenges civil servants were facing included the unavailability of resources such as vehicles, houses and adequate funds.

He said the CSC needed to attend to issues around staff shortages as a matter of urgency.

"Let's fill the gaps so that we can fully implement Government programmes and the promises we made to the people during elections," said Cde Mohadi.

"We need to employ people and deploy adequately and let them perform their duties to the fullest."

Cde Mohadi said that for Government to succeed in its economic development policies there was a strong need for civil servants and other development players to work as a unit.

He said planning and coordination was a key tool to sustainable economic development.

Government, which is the largest employer in the country, has close to 2 500 workers in Beitbridge district alone.

But departments such as that of immigration, agriculture, health, education and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority are operating with below strength staff complements.

The construction of over 200 houses for civil servants which started in 2006 under the National Economic Priory Development Programme is progressing at a snail's pace due to an acute shortage of funds.

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