Zimbabwe government starts large scale civil service restructuring based on Malaysia’s restructuring

Zimbabwe government has embarked on a large scale civil service restructuring exercise shaped  on Malaysia’s restructuring. Malaysia is a country whose civil service restructuring is ‘said’ to have been effective, based on its Blue Ocean Strategy on Public Service Delivery Transformation.

With the Zimbabwe’s Treasury registering approximately 97 percent of Government revenue going out to civil service wages  ultimately losing millions of dollars  in civil service wages.

At least 25, 000 civil service posts will effectively be shed by the broke, overwhelmed Zanu pf regime based on an earlier investigation in 2015 which identified millions of dollars in losses to thousands of redundant civil servants monthly.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira and Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa are are in charge of the restructuring exercise which in some cases actually will lead to an increase in recruitment of staff, sauch as in the Ministry of  Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development’s extension workers needed for the government’s Command Agriculture programme.

According to  the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira the government’s  civil service skills audit will streamline the government leading to recruitment in some areas, shedding of employees  and the shifting of employees from certain areas to other positions for an effective civil service .

Zimbabwe’s foreign service , which was missed out on, during the 2015 audit, has, this time according to Minister Prisca Mupfumira been prioritised for restructuring once the massive foreign missions staffing is studied from the report which will identify their exact positions and responsibilities in the ‘overstaffed foreign missions’.

The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Mr Raymond Majongwe was not amused by the shedding of 25 000 civil servants so suddenly without any consultations by the government, a common issue of concern by different people with interest in the scheme as there is no transparency at all.

The lack of transparency means no consultations were held and the parameters of the  retrenchment programme are unknown to anyone except a few key government officials such as Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira and Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa.

By Sibusiso Ngwenya

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