HARARE (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean new president Emmerson
Mnangagwa said Tuesday he will create a lean cabinet
geared to transform the fortunes of the country.
opening remarks during a meeting with permanent
secretaries, his first engagement with senior government
officials since his inauguration last Friday, Mnangagwa
said he expected his new government to work extremely
hard and deliver in an effective and efficient manner.
government will have no tolerance for bureaucratic
slothfulness, which is quick to brandish procedures as
an excuse for stalling service delivery to citizens,
investors, and other stakeholders,” Mnangagwa said.
should be peak performance and peak performance.”
He said he
will reduce the size of his cabinet by merging some
ministries to remove duplication.
President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet had more than 25
currently in the process of putting together a new
government structure, which should essentially be
course, will entail the merging of some line ministries
in order to remove functional duplication as well as
contain unnecessary expenditures so as to enhance
productivity and efficient delivery of service,” the
He said no
one will lose their jobs in the rationalization exercise
except those who have reached retirement age.
ministerial posts will be abolished will be re-skilled
and re-assigned to other areas in the public service, he
He said his
government’s focus will be implementation of practical
solutions to grow the economy, create jobs and boost
incomes of the people.
“As heads of
ministries your role is supremely critical in the
realization of the aspirations of all our citizens and
stakeholders. I will certainly count on you for success
in turning around the fortunes of our economy,” he said.
had endured economic hardships for over two decades and
now expected the new government to turn things around
within the shortest time possible.
“Let us take
advantage of the positive optimism among our people,
ushered in by this current dispensation and do our best.
This huge weight of expectations from the populace
should bid us all to shun the laissez faire approach to
our work, and instead, endeavor to adopt a high
performance at work,” the president said.
president Mnangagwa dissolves cabinet
HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson
Mnangagwa, dissolved the cabinet on Monday and said he
is in the process of assembling a new team of cabinet
statement, the chief secretary to the president and
cabinet Misheck Sibanda said President Mnangagwa had
appointed Patrick Chinamasa as acting finance minister
and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi as acting foreign minister to
allow for uninterrupted services in critical government
ministries until a new cabinet is announced.
ministers previously occupied the same portfolios before
former president Robert Mugabe reshuffled cabinet in
October and moved them to new ministries.
Mnangagwa would on Tuesday meet all permanent
secretaries for deliberations.
was sworn in as president last Friday after Mugabe’s
resignation following military and public pressure.