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Mnangagwa Under siege from all sides

30 Apr 2019 at 19:02hrs | Views
Civil servants with different political affiliations must not to sabotage the government. The government was aware that some civil servants still supported the previous government. Civil servants may differ in political affiliation but, to serve the people, they should not use group, racial or religious differences as barriers.

"The government understands and respects their political affiliation. There should be no element of sabotage," .On the efforts of civil servants to utilise the social media as an agent of information and promotion of services to the community, there were also irresponsible quarters abusing the social media by disseminating wrong information or hurling accusations and criticisms against the government sending information about price hikes with the sole aim to disturb the government.
The civil servants must be reminded to know the limits of communication and to comply with the ethics on the use of social media.

"Even to defend themselves, they must not respond to the criticisms of citizens with inappropriate language. The actions of the civil servants' reflect heavily on the government of the day.
The civil servants must not be agents of fake news and must learn to verify every piece of news. Whatever is said and done, if it is not true, it cannot be taken into account.

It is true that the civil servants are deliberately sabotaging ED. In the case of moving things ahead it is sad that the Government's "machinery is purposefully standing in his way".

Every sinew of the state is straining to stop the progress of Zimbabwe to another stage. There is an element of Members of Parliament, some of whom don't want this to happen, some of whom want a hard way and  blocking the development being penned by the current government. But actually it is clear that the machinery is purposefully standing in its way as well.

Voters wanted ED to "get on" with delivering on the economy: The culture of sabotaging the implementation of government policies still exists among civil servants, and the number of those involved is higher than one thinks. The government is pulling north and the civil servants are pulling south. The one who suffers from this is confusion is the electorate. The process of "cleaning up" government departments and agencies could not possibly be completed overnight. But we are now the umpteenth night and it has not been cleaned. There are still officers who are not committed... for example, judicial officers, have their hands on the wrong plough. They make decisions to embarrass the government.

"Because one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch," The issue of sabotage must be raised to serve as a reminder to all government servants not do the wrong things and carry out their responsibilities with trust. Civil servants should also be tolerant towards political appointees who were not as well informed in administrative matters, and avoid any disputes. These new people are learning. If you do not have any patience, you cannot work together, that is why we need to give and take a little,

"The damage done by the previous leadership was so great, and it shocks everybody. But now the current leadership has managed to restore the country's administration, even though it has not yet reached a satisfactory level. Zimbabwe's economic management has, in many ways, been a lightning rod for attacks on both the capability and impartiality of the civil service. Individuals have been attacked – most notably the president but the entire service has been dismissed as pro-remain by some, with every detailed analysis dismissed as another strike from project fear. This narrative of an "elite" civil service not delivering for the public is not, however, consigned to those on the political right. It should be noted that any new government Government would inevitably be sabotaged by the establishment. Civil servants are telling ministers that their policies are unworkable and must be watered down or discarded. Rather than blocking proposals, they are simply postponing them, and then hope they are forgotten about. Many projects are delayed and forgotten this giving the leadership a very wrong name. Civil servants must not be there to for political grounds. Political point-scoring is the job of columnists, while preparing the country for every eventuality is the job of the civil service: best not get the two confused. Our civil servants are not yet sure which side of the bread is buttered. Civil service "appears to have failed to drive home to the masses the real policy changes brought about and their significance, what was possible and what was a unicorn". Zimbabwe is still a country torn in between with those who refuse to accept the change and those who do not believe that the civil servants are not on board yet. It is more dangerous for us to move forward without re-educating our civil service. We have things which are exposing our weaknesses rather than showing our strength.

Seeking inspiration from an early 20th century speech by the German sociologist Max Webber,  "When the government pursues a policy civil servants know to be wrong and dangerous to the country, should they just stand by? Or do they have a duty to take steps to protect the survival of the polity?" the implication is that the civil servants are as culpable as ministers for the current state of affairs. Their shattered hope that the civil service would be the adult in the room who would rescue us from the abyss is leading to resentment and blame. Our country faces more problems because we are busy looking for an elephant in the room. Together with those whose political instincts and lack of experience lead them to be suspicious of the civil service, a grand coalition of left and right is forming within the government. With an unshakeable belief in the certainty of their solutions and purity of their purpose, anyone who challenges, delays or just ignores policy is just another enemy to be defeated in the noble cause. A permanent, impartial civil service, recruited on merit and unafraid to speak truth unto power, is essential for good and efficient government. But more than that, an independent civil service, that will advise ministers then implement political decisions – and is free from political interference on who it taxes or who it prosecutes  is vital for the health of democracy.

Zimbabwe needs to be bold and clean our civil servants, they are the managers of the service but their hearts are still glued in the past. We need to move on as a country.

Our judicial system is in shambles most judges were appointed by the former powers and their allegiance is to those powers. Most prosecutors have great respect for the previous authorities and will do everything to embarrass the current powers in any case they might have an interest,
The public is angered by a lot of arrests with not convictions. Are the prosecutors and those who judge settling a score with those who appoint? This score if not settled now we will be in great trouble as a country.     A lot of changes have to be done.

Civil servants protest some appointments of line managers by simply not supporting them in the work and any job done. The country bleeds and people are settling scores. Some promotions are very partisan and this makes those befitting but not promoted angry and stop supporting the new system. A very frank in look and outlook is needed for the civil service to be aligned to the orders of the day.

Yes we have some confused ministers but the most problem bedevilling our nation now is the civil service which has it allegiance elsewhere.

Source - Dr Masimba Mavaza
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