ED cracks whip on ministers. . . One week to list priority projects & quick-win measures

President Mnangagwa chairs his inaugural Cabinet meeting as Head of State and Government while flanked by Ministers Sithembiso Nyoni, Obert Mpofu, Simon Khaya Moyo and Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda (far left) at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday. — (Picture: Believe Nyakudjara)

President Mnangagwa chairs his inaugural Cabinet meeting as Head of State and Government while flanked by Ministers Sithembiso Nyoni, Obert Mpofu, Simon Khaya Moyo and Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda (far left) at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday. — (Picture: Believe Nyakudjara)

Felex Share, Harare Bureau
President Emmerson Mnangagwa chaired his first Cabinet meeting yesterday at which he gave ministers a week to present priority projects and quick-win measures under their purview to improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans in the shortest period.

He told the 21 ministers who were sworn-in on Monday to get down to business and set priority projects that have visible impact on the ground.

In his opening remarks at the inaugural Cabinet meeting, the Head of State and Government said every minister should “think outside the box” and pursue “high speed programme execution.”

“You will recall that my acceptance speech underlined that we will hit the ground running,” President Mnangagwa said.

“I used that figure of speech advisedly, all to underline a new ethos in administering and delivering public services and goods which must work to quantifiable and measurable targets which make visible impact on the ground. And the ground is where our people are presently, which means from the ground is where we must raise them starting today.”

He went on: “I am not talking of lifting them spiritually, something we leave to the able prayers of our bishops, priests, reverends and pastors. I am talking of raising them bodily, which means Government-led interventions that address the social conditions of all our people; that raise communities to higher levels of welfare.”

President Mnangagwa said Government officials should set themselves to implement identified projects within 100-day cycles until the 2018 harmonised elections.

“As time is of the essence, we thus need to pursue high speed programme execution,” President Mnangagwa said.

“I now wish to challenge you to think outside the box and come up with quick-win projects for implementation by each of your ministries in order to achieve the goals of my vision. In that context, you may wish to consult in your ministries on outstanding strategic programmes that can be quickly implemented within the framework of the vision of this Government. I have availed copies of my acceptance speech for each one of you to guide you in coming up with the priority projects,” the President said.

“I have also instructed the Chief Secretary (to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda) to assist you with details on unimplemented projects and previous Cabinet resolutions, from which you may identify areas for your priority attention. Out of this process, you should come up with a list of priority projects for presentation to the Cabinet office in a week’s time.”

The President said the projects identified should form the Cabinet agenda and ensure it functions on the basis of target-based programmes, with clear deliverables within set timeframes.

“I am sure you are aware that the advent of this dispensation has generated high expectations amongst all categories of our citizens, development partners and other stakeholders, who rightly see it as the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwe.”

President Mnangagwa said Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring of Government Programmes, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, would be the Cabinet Chief Whip.

Cde Mumbengegwi, he said, would supervise implementation of Government policies, projects and programmes.

“Let us, therefore, proceed to deliver in line with the objectives of this target-driven Cabinet,” the President said.

“Our inaugural meeting comes against the backdrop of major socio-economic challenges that need to be urgently addressed. These include the scourge of corruption, the current liquidity crunch, low foreign direct investment inflows, low diaspora remittances, subdued export earnings and heavy dependency on imports. Other militating factors include low capacity utilisation by industry on account of the shortage of foreign currency, high country risk perception, policy inconsistency, poor service delivery, a ballooning budget deficit, a high level of unemployment and the devastating effects of economic sanctions.”

President Mnangagwa outlined his broad vision to guide his administration when he took the oath of office on November 24.

He said highlights of his vision included fostering aspects of market economy in which enterprise is allowed, encouraged and protected; promoting mutually beneficial partnerships with investors; ensuring people access their savings from banks as and when they require them; dealing decisively with corruption, prioritising economic growth; ensuring financial sector viability and stability; adopting a high performance culture in the public service and pursing a sturdy re-engagement with all nations of the world.

During his first few days in office, President Mnangagwa has so far won the hearts of many with his punctuality in office and hands-on approach to issues.

The President arrives at his office at 8 AM daily and ministers yesterday jokingly said they were not used to it.

One remarked; “Aaa vatouya (President Mnangagwa). Hatina kuzvijaira zvekumutswa makuseni akadai isu. (We are not used to waking up so early for work).”

President Mnangagwa has indicated sweeping measures are coming across various sectors to stimulate economic growth and create employment.

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  • Vumani

    Looks at ease with his ZAPU compatriots apart from mingling with the prolific thief Obese Mpofu, he should do more to revisit the Gukurahundi atrocities by setting up a truth & reconciliation committee which will bring closure to the families of the deceased in order to move forward the transition of democracy and address the lingering elephant in the room. The reduction of Mugabe’s 29 cabinet posts & deputies seems to be a step in the right direction but overally performance on quality outcome measures should be implemented for each ministry, even the kleptocrats should be scrutinised through performance & supervision by parliamentary committees. It is a transitional process which will be judged on free and democratic 2018 elections. The process of democratisation of elections is the real test so far the international & domestic media have been allowed access to meetings which gives a level of transparency & accountability for the duration of the honeymoon period. It remains to be seen whether the monies externalised by Ntombizodwa & the famous thieves will be revisited at the lapse of the so-called amnesty and whether the law will be applied not be applied selectively without fear or favour.

    • Essexvale

      Excellent analysis! However, readers need to understand that one cannot get effective results from an exercise in which a thief is engaged to investigate his/her own crimes. This aspect should probably explain why ED has chosen Orbert Mpofu as minister responsible for the law enforcers! As for free & fair elections in 2018? Well, the whole system for rigging is still very much in place and so far, the government has not indicated that it wants to effect the electoral reforms spelled out in the nations current constitution. And of course, Mudede is still the registrar general. So what can long suffering citizens expect? It’s a harsh environment out there!!

      • Doctor Do little

        At this point I think it will be a wait and see from the people in General. The problem with Zanu pf is that they have too many skeletons in their cupboard which they are afraid to remove. That being the case any leader that is chosen is not always chosen on merit. What is the point of listing priority projects. This is a list any that any logical thinking person in the country knows by heart. They need to clean under the carpet. The problem is that some of those that have been chosen would be found under the carpet if they did..

        • Essexvale

          Nice one! I go along with this train of thought. Yes; they must clean the carpet and everything under or around it!!

  • QB

    With pleasure no matter what or who you are, our equation as citizens is simple that is ‘promise+delivery=our vote’

    • mr dee

      Agreed

    • Sabs

      Best equation ever

  • Mwemba Boy

    They must urgently clean the rot @ Hwange Colliery where Makore is clueless and was being protected by former Minister Chidhakwa who happened to be his relative. He is currently busy forcing pple to go on voluntary without any package. He hardly spends time at the mine an he was also being shielded by Chitando. Very soon we as workers we are giving them 5 day’s especially this useless and corrupt Raymond chap. They are busy giving themselves salaries at the expense of general workers and also locals are being sidelined. Winston Chitando is the major culprit

    • Kamandama

      It’s very true, a forensic audit of all the contractors need to be done urgently. Chitando is complicity in most managerial appointments. Why did you remove Kutekwatekwa from the board? He was the only one who could stand up to Thomas Makore. We are watching any developments

      • Misheck

        This is the naming and shaming we require as citizens.Now its up to the powers that be to take action now.

    • Misheck Moyo

      This is the naming and shaming we require as citizens.Now its up to the powers that be to take action.

  • Nkosinathi

    The country need new fresh mind not recycled old jacket that have been Zanu machines from 1980 till this day. These old nadala need to retire. Retirement age is 65 years. They will ofcourse hit the ground running but it depend running fo corruption as they have been pary of the old system o they be running clueless

    • Sandura1

      Just be positive

  • Asa

    It is my hope that Minister Amon Murwira would not act in the same manner that his predecessor, Jonso did. Jonso promised a lot with regards to issues raised to him by college lecturers but did absolutely nothing and staff were and are being victimised by his principals even up to this day. We need to be liberated as staff here

  • Sandura1

    At least he addresses cabinet. The other guy got the cabinet appointed for him, announce it and off to Singapore.

  • THE TRUTH

    Even Mugabe used to start at 6 am in 1980. He also had a leadership code. The problem with Black people is a lack of consistency in the long term. I wouldnt be surprised if this soon wears off!

    But I however like the focus on the economy, rather than on politics. I was sick to the bone marrow over all the focus on politics – hehehe the west this, whites this Mandeere this ,go back etc etc.

    You talk projects, deliverables, time frames, imports/exports, investments etc etc – well, then you are my man. This is the language I understand. Not that of insults!!