Ex­pec­ta­tions from perm secs out­line Told to com­ple­ment each other with Min­is­ters

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LINE Min­is­ters and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries should com­ple­ment each other in their work to re­alise the up­per mid­dle in­come econ­omy en­vi­sioned by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa by 2030, the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has said.

Fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa two weeks ago ap­pointed new per­ma­nent sec­re­taries for al­most all min­istries paving way for se­ri­ous Gov­ern­ment busi­ness in the Se­cond Repub­lic.

Speak­ing dur­ing an induction work­shop for per­ma­nent sec­re­taries and se­nior of­fi­cials in Harare yes­ter­day, PSC deputy chair Am­bas­sador Mar­garet Muchada said as ac­count­ing of­fi­cers, per­ma­nent sec­re­taries should work in har­mony with their line min­is­ters.

She said min­is­ters were po­lit­i­cal heads and per­ma­nent sec­re­taries should re­spect that and fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing pol­icy de­ci­sions as di­rected by their min­is­ters.

“On the cul­ture in the min­istry, you have to earn the trust of your min­is­ter,” she said.

“The min­is­ter has to know and un­der­stand that he can not do things with­out your last word be­cause if he trusts your judg­ment and trusts your knowhow, he will know that even if he was work­ing with his ju­nior or what­ever, at the end of the day he comes to you and en­sure that you

en­vi­ron­ment and ag­gres­sive fight against cor­rup­tion were key to the suc­cess of the Se­cond Repub­lic.

Dr Sibanda said Vi­sion 2030 was an­chored on five key pil­lars.

The first pil­lar, Dr Sibanda said, was the gov­er­nance pil­lar. “Fo­cus is on car­ry­ing out gov­er­nance re­forms nec­es­sary for lay­ing a solid foun­da­tion for sus­tain­able eco­nomic take off set out as fol­lows:

*The enun­ci­a­tion of a pos­i­tive for­eign pol­icy hinged on en­gage­ment and re-en­gage­ment with the global com­mu­nity.

*In­vest­ment pro­mo­tion and cre­ation of a One Stop Shop In­vest­ment Cen­tre through ac­cel­er­ated ease of do­ing busi­ness re­forms, im­proved po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic gov­er­nance,” he said.

The se­cond pil­lar re­lates to in­clu­sive eco­nomic are work­ing on the same path. You can­not af­ford to be read­ing from two pages in a min­istry. The moment you do that you are lost.

“The min­is­ter is a po­lit­i­cal guide. He sets that agenda and you can­not take it away from him but we are say­ing you are our ac­count­ing of­fi­cer fi­nan­cially and per­son­nel wise and so that man­date you also have to ex­plain to your min­is­ter so that the min­is­ter un­der­stands what your role is, how your role should be per­formed, where you need his or her as­sis­tance to per­form your role. So I would like to urge you, this is your best as­sign­ment, de­velop that trust. You can­not af­ford to fight your min­is­ter. I re­mem­ber speak­ing to a for­mer com­mis­sioner who has been a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in his own right, the moment I was made a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, the advice he gave he said (Am­bas­sador) Muchada one thing I can urge you, do not fight with your min­is­ter, you will never win that game. Do not also let min­is­ters fight with ju­nior of­fi­cers. They (ju­nior of­fi­cers) are too weak to de­fend them­selves. This is why we are say­ing the last word should be with you so that if a ju­nior of­fi­cer has made a mis­take you are able to cor­rect it. The ju­nior of­fi­cers are too weak to de­fend them­selves.”

Am­bas­sador Muchada said it was no longer busi­ness as usual and ev­ery­one in the civil ser­vice should play their part.

She said they were work­ing hard to ad­dress is­sues of du­pli­ca­tion of du­ties in Gov­ern­ment

growth fo­cus­ing on agri­cul­ture, land and ru­ral re­set­tle­ment, min­ing, in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, tourism, en­vi­ron­ment and climate change and tar­geted value ad­di­tion and prod­uct ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion.

Macro-eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and fi­nan­cial re-en­gage­ment is the third pil­lar of Vi­sion 2030.

Dr Sibanda said this pil­lar pri­ori­tised cre­ation of req­ui­site fis­cal space for rapid eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, im­ple­men­ta­tion of ar­rears clear­ance and debt re­struc­tur­ing programme, de­vel­op­ment of a ro­bust aid co­or­di­na­tion, en­hance­ment of fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion and ar­chi­tec­ture and restora­tion of for­eign cur­rency sta­bil­ity.

On the fourth pil­lar, which fo­cuses on so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Dr Sibanda said: “The fo­cus of this and ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion. “Our ex­pec­ta­tions are high, very high,” she said. “The Gov­ern­ment’s tra­jec­tory re­quires that type of a cadre and we come to you with this in mind. We are go­ing to work to­gether to re­struc­ture min­istries ac­cord­ingly be­cause as you will re­alise the man­date has been ad­justed some­what. It is not go­ing to be busi­ness as usual.

“We no longer tol­er­ate those of­fi­cers who just get to the of­fice and leave their coats on the chair. Gone are those days. We will want to know that the cadre is there per­form­ing and at the same time we will be hard push­ing for com­put­er­i­sa­tion through­out be­cause we would like to see on­line de­ci­sion mak­ing.”

Am­bas­sador Muchada added: “De­vo­lu­tion de­pends on on­line de­ci­sion mak­ing. You can not ex­pect an of­fi­cer to wait for a de­ci­sion of a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary who is on a trip for a week or who is away for two days and let the whole coun­try wait. Some of those func­tions have to be de-cen­tralised to that level. We have to set that ma­chin­ery of de­vo­lu­tion in mo­tion. We want to be able to do more with less. Through com­put­erised ad­min­is­tra­tion we want to do away with si­los.”

Chief Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net Dr Misheck Sibanda also spoke against “small wars” be­tween per­ma­nent sec­re­taries and their line min­is­ters say­ing that should stop.

He said per­ma­nent sec­re­taries should seek to establish good work­ing re­la­tions with their po­lit­i­cal heads.

pil­lar is on ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion and high qual­ity hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, high qual­ity health care ser­vices, so­cial pro­tec­tion and so­cial safety nets san­i­ta­tion and waste man­age­ment ser­vices.”

The fifth pil­lar is the cross cut­ting en­abling pil­lar which pri­ori­tised in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy, roads and rail in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and link­age to re­gional sea­ports, air­port in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and air con­nec­tiv­ity and power and en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture.

Dr Sibanda said re­al­i­sa­tion of Vi­sion 2030 had been di­vided into three phases namely, the Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Programme (Oc­to­ber 2018- De­cem­ber 2020), the First Five Year De­vel­op­ment Plan (20212025) and the Se­cond Five Year De­vel­op­ment Plan (2026-2030). CAB­I­NET Min­is­ters, Mem­bers of the House of Assem­bly and Sen­a­tors have been or­dered to de­clare all their as­sets by end of day to­mor­row.

In an in­ter­view, the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi, said leg­is­la­tors were ex­pected to sub­mit their dec­la­ra­tions for pur­poses of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.

“As en­shrined in Sec­tion 198 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, hold­ers of pub­lic of­fice are ex­pected to make reg­u­lar dec­la­ra­tions of as­sets. Leg­is­la­tors are ex­pected to de­clare all their as­sets within 30 days of be­ing ap­pointed and sworn into of­fice. Dec­la­ra­tion forms are ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted by end of day this Fri­day 5 0cto­ber 2018,” said the Min­is­ter.

He said the process was in line with the Con­sti­tu­tion which has a pro­vi­sion for reg­u­lar dec­la­ra­tion of as­sets by leg­is­la­tors. Each MP was upon tak­ing oath given a dec­la­ra­tion form which they are ex­pected to hand in to­mor­row.

“Sec­tion 198 of the Con­sti­tu­tion which pro­vides for reg­u­lar dis­clo­sure of as­sets and Stand­ing or­ders 49 and 48 of the Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate state that every mem­ber shall and not may, reg­is­ter all his or her fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests in a book to be main­tained un­der the di­rec­tion of the Speaker and pres­i­dent of the Se­nate. Such reg­is­tra­tion shall be in a man­ner spec­i­fied in the Code of Con­duct for Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. To sat­isfy those re­quire­ments, Par­lia­ment came up with the forms of dec­la­ra­tion of as­sets. Leg­is­la­tors are ex­pected to sub­mit their dec­la­ra­tion forms within 30 days af­ter tak­ing oath,” said Min­is­ter Ziyambi.

He said the process was good as it sought to pro­mote trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity while en­sur­ing pub­lic trust in hold­ers of pub­lic of­fice.

Min­is­ter Ziyambi said the move was meant to ad­dress spec­u­la­tion on how cer­tain bear­ers of pub­lic of­fice amass wealth.

“This is good in two ways. Where a mem­ber is elected into Par­lia­ment and all of a sud­den they ac­quire wealth that is un­ex­plained, it is easy to go back to the dec­la­ra­tion form and say where did you get this wealth. And some may be wrongly ac­cused that they amassed a lot of wealth yet when they be­came Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment they al­ready had those as­sets.

“So this is good in two ways, for the mem­bers as well as the gen­er­al­ity of the pub­lic. It acts as a de­ter­rent for sud­denly in­creas­ing your wealth yet you de­clared mod­er­ate wealth it will be an in­di­ca­tion that some­thing has hap­pened,” he said.

Min­is­ter Ziyambi said the move was stan­dard prac­tice and in line with best prac­tices.

“And those that al­ready have wealth, they may be wrongly ac­cused. The pub­lic may spec­u­late that you got into Par­lia­ment and be­came rich. How­ever, it will be easy in Par­lia­ment to say that no this is what this per­son de­clared when he as­sumed of­fice. So this is a way to con­trol Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and also to pro­tect them. So ev­ery­one, Min­is­ter, MP, Sen­a­tor, are all ex­pected to de­clare.

“It is now stan­dard prac­tice in line with cor­po­rate gov­er­nance that we as Cab­i­net Min­is­ters de­clare our as­sets. We are declar­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously with Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and Sen­a­tors,” he said. — @ andile_t­shuma

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