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Structural adjustments is critical for your administration president Mnangagwa

14 Dec 2017 at 17:07hrs | Views
Government is Government and this should be separated from a private business and entity. Ministers have to report to duty on time and set targets on them, and if a minister fails to perform he should be fired immediately. Structural adjustment policies usually involve a combination of free-market policies such as privatization, fiscal austerity, free trade and deregulation. Structural adjustment policies have been controversial with detractors arguing the free market policies are often unsuitable for developing economies and lead to lower economic growth and greater inequality. Supporters of structural adjustment (IMF and World Bank) argue that these free-market reforms are essential for promoting a more open and efficient economy, which ultimately help to improve living standards and reduce relative poverty. I was assessing the Governance style of former President Mugabe and one thing that brought Mugabe down was doing things the opposite way. Leaders must always learn to listen to the voice of the people and be able to adjust to reality. Reality speaks volumes. It is the masses that call shots. It is very important for President Mnangagwa to promote the culture of tolerance and come up with structural adjustments programs in his own administration. We have a wide gap in terms of policy and structure. The Governance style of leadership and structures are still the same which Mugabe used before and it is important for Mnangagwa to correct that. The entire Governance system needs to be re-visited and come up with a proper framework that is conducive for investments. There is nothing wrong to have the CIO department, it is very useful for information and other pertinent areas which requires intelligence and at the same time police force is critical in areas of indiscipline, crime and other related areas which require justice but my concern is that police force had become a major source of corruption and criminal activities and it is high time rogue elements within the police force should be weeded out and come up with quality force. Mr President you can even send a team of experts in regional and international countries to come up with good proposals that you can use so that we can have a competent force. We have to meet regional and international standards. We are an embarrassment so far on the international arena in so many areas. That has to be corrected and proper measures should be put in place to curb those dirty areas. For us to qualify for loans, Euro bonds and other benefits we have to ensure sanity in all Government institutions and operations.

Weed out Criminal Elemnts Around You Before It's Too Late

There is a tendency of ignorance in life and this may have a lot of repercussions to many leaders and this what brought Mugabe down. Most people who surrounded Mugabe didn't like him but they only wanted to loot and line their pockets by their time they realized that their stomachs are full they turned against him, and this is what politics is all about. I urge you to make wise decisions which can benefit you and the whole nation. It is important to weed out bootlickers and those who are giving you wrong advice and information. Surround yourself with people who have good motives and who are constructive. This issue of moving with bootlickers will cost you in the near future.

We Need Technical Expertise in Government Institutions

If you check most of the Government departments are staffed with relatives, concubines or incompetent and rogue elements who don't even know exactly why they are there in the first place. So the civil service needs to be cleansed and there is need for a thorough audit to confirm quality within the service. I've a strong belief that previous cabinets used to staff those department with girlfriends and under qualified people. We need competent people in all institutions. If you look at NRZ, MMCZ and other state entities those areas are staffed with activists and cadres who were rewarded with jobs for beating people during election period. Most of them they don't even know why they are there at first and this will produce poor service and improper standards. So those elements should be weeded out of those institutions and begin to advertise so that qualified people can start to apply for those jobs. I was happy when I heard that President Mnangagwa requested for Cvs for those people who wanted to be ministers or Government officials, that was a good idea, but to my surprise I saw the same people returning even permanent secretaries bounced back and let's hope on that area it will be reviewed.

Clear Objectives

In every Governance system it is important to have clear objectives, what is it that we want to achieve in this quarter. This issue of having ministers bunking question time in parliament is not good and not accepted. Ministers should be present in parliament and they should be ready to answer questions that are related to their ministers. I've seen ministers sleeping in meetings and this should not happen again. We want ministers to have targets and they should performance appraisals to assess ministers to see if they are doing well or they can be relinquished from their positions. This issues of ministers being all over the country claiming hefty allowances instead of being in office should come to an end. They are ministers who have been working full time in former President's business entities and farms instead of working for the people should come to an end. There should be clear parameters on what exactly do we want to achieve as a country, what are the areas which needs to be revisited. It is also good to consult from the public, what exactly people want, you also need to get ideas from policy makers like us, and academics, business community, churches and civic bodies and they should be able to give in good ideas.

Good Leadership Qualities

There are areas which needs quick attention. One thing I've also appreciated from you is that you are not a noise makers I wish most politicians would copy this from you. We know the office of Presidency has so many pressures it is important that you take heed to the voice of the people on the ground. The other thing which needs to be checked is the issue of advisory. It is very important to bring quality people closer to you who can give you good advice in so many areas be it political, economic and policy implementation. I would advise that you need to appoint an advisor for political affairs who can be assisting you to come up with good political decisions which can benefit the country.

Size of the Cabinet and Civil Service Bill Needs Adjustments

My President you need to work on the issue of cabinet ministers. We have too many cabinet ministers and I think you need to reduce the cabinet to 15. It is better to create enemies but doing the right thing. For example some of the people who were appointed to be deputy ministers it was not even necessary because you could use the permanent secretaries to act as deputy ministers so that you can cut expenditure and re-direct it to other critical areas of the economy. We also wish to see ministers to be interviewed in public and be grilled by members of the public to assess their performance. Ministers should vacate those well-conditioned offices and go to the ground and address people's needs. We have over 200 000 ghost workers on the pay roll of the Government and what are they looking for those people, we need an explanation as well, Chinamasa only talked of 3700 only and who will foot that unnecessary bloated bill?

Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo writes in his personal capacity as the Head of Southern Institute of Policy Analysis and Research – SIPAR TRUST, which is responsible for policy analysis and research. He is also an academic and researcher. He holds a BA, MA from Solusi University, and he also holds a Masters of Development Studies from University of Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently enrolled at University of KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa (PHD in Development Studies). He is also an adviser to many financial and political institutions within and outside Zimbabwe. He can be contacted at

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