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Zimbabwe’s new president says to create smaller cabinet       

HARARE (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean new president Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday he will create a lean cabinet geared to transform the fortunes of the country.

In his 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.

“My 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.

“Our mantra should be peak performance and peak performance.”

He said he will reduce the size of his cabinet by merging some ministries to remove duplication.

Former President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet had more than 25 ministers.

“I am currently in the process of putting together a new government structure, which should essentially be leaner.

“This of 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 president said.

He said no one will lose their jobs in the rationalization exercise except those who have reached retirement age.

Those whose ministerial posts will be abolished will be re-skilled and re-assigned to other areas in the public service, he said.

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.

Zimbabweans 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.

 

Zimbabwe’s new 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 ministers.

In a 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.

The two ministers previously occupied the same portfolios before former president Robert Mugabe reshuffled cabinet in October and moved them to new ministries.

Sibanda said Mnangagwa would on Tuesday meet all permanent secretaries for deliberations.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as president last Friday after Mugabe’s resignation following military and public pressure.

           

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