Public service neglected

ZIMBABWE’S coalition government has failed to prioritise essential public service reform necessary for maximising efficiency and service delivery, choosing instead to concentrate on political issues of constitution-making and ministerial positions, ministers and academics said.

Report by Our Staff Writer

Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals Gorden Moyo told the Zimbabwe Independent much needed to be done to reform the bureaucracy.

 
“You need re-orientation of the public service so that it becomes apolitical and fully competent in the discharge of its duties,” said Moyo.

 
Moyo said it was unfair to blame ministers from his MDC-T party for policy failures within the unity government but they should be credited for achieving much in the face of opposition from a bureaucracy carried over from the days Zanu PF was the sole party in government.

 
Moyo also told a recent public discussion at the Media Centre in Harare to discuss the constitution-making process that his party was “not the government but was merely in government” and would only be properly judged when it assumed full control of government.

 
The call to reform public administration has been taken up by academics in a book launched at the beginning of the month in Harare titled Zimbabwe Mired in Transition.