246 of­fi­cers moved in anti-cor­rup­tion shake up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Thu­peyo Mu­leya Pamela Shumba

THE Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) and the Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion De­part­ment (VID) have re­de­ployed staff across the coun­try amid re­ports that the move is among a raft of mea­sures to curb cor­rup­tion at the two paras­tatals.

Although of­fi­cials tried to play down the mat­ter say­ing the reshuf­fle was a di­rec­tive to trans­fer those who stayed at one sta­tion for more than five years, in­sid­ers al­leged that the Gov­ern­ment was not happy with ram­pant cor­rup­tion cases that were be­ing re­ported.

It is un­der­stood that Zimra re­de­ployed 200 of­fi­cers, while 46 VID of­fi­cers were moved coun­try­wide.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from the VID head of­fice ad­dressed to all de­pot man­agers, the trans­fers were with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The memo en­ti­tled; ‘ Trans­fer of de­pot man­agers and staff for bal­anc­ing man­ning lev­els, im­age build­ing, multi-skilling and re­po­si­tion for op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency’ reads: “Our prin­ci­pals are con­cerned about the con­tin­u­ous bad per­cep­tion and have di­rected the need to re­po­si­tion VID and re­store con­fi­dence of the mo­tor­ing pub­lic. This re­quires es­pous­ing Busi­ness Pro­cess­ing Pre-Engi­neer­ing (BPR) through re­brand­ing the in­spec­torate cul­ture of do­ing busi­ness.

“The BPR among other pro­cesses re­quires that staff be repo­si­tioned strate­gi­cally, so as to un­lock the full po­ten­tial and bench­mark­ing with the best prac­tice, to achieve oper­a­tion ef­fi­ciency.”

Sev­eral Zimra of­fi­cers sta­tioned at Beit­bridge said they had been called one by one by of­fi­cials from the hu­man re­sources de­part­ment in­form­ing them of their trans­fers.

Zimra’s board sec­re­tary and di­rec­tor for le­gal and cor­po­rate ser­vices, Ms Florence Jambwa, could nei­ther con­firm nor deny the trans­fers yes­ter­day.

“The Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) trans­fers its staff fre­quently to meet the needs and re­quire­ments of the au­thor­ity’s man­date and as part of skills devel­op­ment. These trans­fers are done at the dis­cre­tion of man­age­ment, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion staff de­vel­op­men­tal as­pects as well as strate­gic needs of the au­thor­ity.

“Trans­fers are done in­clu­sive of all sta­tions and in ac­cor­dance with Zimra’s trans­fer pol­icy,” she said. MATABELELAND North prov­ince has started work­ing on the Bulawayo Kraal Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme in Binga in prepa­ra­tion for the com­mand agri­cul­ture scheme, with fund­ing ex­pected to be availed soon.

The Binga ir­ri­ga­tion scheme was in­cor­po­rated into the re­cently launched pro­gramme that is aimed at en­hanc­ing grain pro­duc­tion in the coun­try.

The $500 mil­lion pro­gramme is ex­pected to pro­duce two mil­lion tonnes of maize on 400 000 hectares of land coun­try­wide.

The Min­is­ter of State for Matabeleland North pro­vin­cial af­fairs Cain Math­ema yes­ter­day said the prov­ince was more than pre­pared for the project.

“This is like an on-go­ing project be­cause we’ve been work­ing on the Bulawayo Kraal Ir­ri­ga­tion scheme that will go a long way in al­le­vi­at­ing hunger in the prov­ince.

“We’re ex­cited that the ir­ri­ga­tion scheme was in­cor­po­rated into the com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme. Fund­ing will be com­ing soon from the Gov­ern­ment and we’re more than pre­pared to in­crease agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion in the prov­ince,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema with­out spec­i­fy­ing how much and when the funds would be re­leased.

He said farm­ers had al­ready been mo­bilised to make sure that all the land that needs to be utilised does not re­main idle.

“We’ve a tar­get of 15 000 hectares of land un­der the pro­gramme and dif­fer­ent farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be car­ried out by farm­ers. We’re al­ready work­ing with stake­hold­ers such as Zinwa t o pro­vide wa­ter where there’s no ir­ri­gated land and Agri­tex to ad­vise our farm­ers so that that we reach our tar­gets ev­ery farm­ing sea­son. “While we’re wait­ing for the fund­ing of the project, we’ve farm­ers that are al­ready work­ing at the ir­ri­ga­tion scheme, in prepa­ra­tion for the farm­ing sea­son,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema. He com­mended the Gov­ern­ment for launch­ing the com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme, adding that it will go a long way in erad­i­cat­ing hunger in the prov­ince. He urged farm­ers to be part of the pro­gramme as they were vi­tal in mak­ing it a suc­cess. “The land is avail­able and the in­puts will be pro­vided by the Gov­ern­ment. All we need is labour and knowl­edge from the farm­ers to do the work so that we feed our fam­i­lies and the whole prov­ince. It’s also our aim to feed the na­tion,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema The Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment, Davis Mara­pira yes­ter­day said 400 000 farm­ers have so far reg­is­tered for the com­mand agri­cul­ture scheme coun­try­wide. “Reg­is­tra­tion is still go­ing on and so far 400 000 farm­ers have reg­is­tered for the pro­gramme,” said Deputy Min­is­ter Mara­pira. He said un­der the pro­gramme, 2 000 farm­ers would be given in­puts, ir­ri­ga­tion and mech­a­nised equip­ment but will be re­quired to give five tonnes per hectare to the Gov­ern­ment as re­pay­ment. The rop­ing in of Bulawayo Kraal comes a year af­ter the First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe spear­headed ef­forts to re­sus­ci­tate it af­ter it had been dor­mant since 2004. Bulawayo kraal project has great po­ten­tial given the abun­dant wa­ter from the nearby Zam­bezi River. — @pame­lashumba1.

Bulawayo Kraal in Binga will soon get fund­ing un­der the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Fund.The pic­ture taken re­cently shows one of the giant 400 me­tre cen­tre piv­ots that have been in­stalled. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

The Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion De­part­ment de­pot in Bulawayo

Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema

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