ZIMRA, VID RESHUFFLE
246 officers moved in anti-corruption shake up
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