Does Zimbabwe need deputy ministers?

Does Zimbabwe need deputy ministers?
Published: 07 September 2018 (377 Views)
There is consensus among Zimbabweans that the improvement in the country's economic fortunes will hinge on the Cabinet to be appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

We agree with Zimbabweans from various sectors and from the ruling Zanu PF party itself who believe that only a youthful and energetic Cabinet with the right skills can pull out the country from the economic abyss it has been stuck in for several decades.

Given the foregoing, it goes without saying that Mnangagwa has an onerous task to appoint a Cabinet that will win the confidence of Zimbabweans who are impatiently waiting for an economic turnaround.

In our paper yesterday, we carried a story, quoting Zanu PF sources, claiming that old ministers who form the bulk of the outgoing Cabinet will be dumped and be reassigned roles at the ruling party's headquarters. We hope and pray that Mnangagwa will have the courage to carry this through as most of the ministers in the outgoing Cabinet have gone past their sell-by dates.

We also urge Mnangagwa to take seriously the overdue call by the Women in Politics Support Unit for him to appoint a 50/50 Cabinet in line with gender parity as enshrined in Zimbabwe's Constitution which calls for both men and women to be accorded equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.

The failure by the president to include a woman in the presidium has justifiably incensed women rights activists. As such, Mnangagwa has to demonstrate his commitment to gender parity by including many women in his Cabinet.

Mnangagwa has no choice but to seize the moment. This country needs a lean Cabinet made up of the right people who should ideally be technocrats. For example there is no longer any justification for the Finance ministry to be given to a lawyer with no history in the world of economics.

To revive our economy which is in the intensive care, we need a Finance minister with the right experience and knowledge to prescribe the right antidote to our convulsing economy. Among other things, State enterprises and parastatals have to be commercialised or reformed without further delay and more importantly, real investment has to be attracted as opposed to the Mickey Mouse foreign direct investment that our leaders routinely shout about from roof tops.

Additionally, given the economic rut we are in, is there no longer any justification for appointing deputy ministers who don't sit in Cabinet? Mnangagwa has to show leadership by resisting the urge to retain the inconsequential deputy ministers for the sole purpose of rewarding some of his supporters.



- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Biti and Welshman Ncube must not contest at congress'

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 130 Views

Multiple inconsistencies in Mr Multiverse Dungani's article.

by Thulani Nkala | 21 April 2019 | 83 Views

Zanu-PF begins constitutional amendments

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 132 Views

WATCH: Pastor kisses a woman to remove a demon

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 159 Views

'Mnangagwa's advisor is a CIO double agent'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 173 Views

'Mnangagwa and Enock Sithole were not crocodile gang members'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 122 Views

President Mnangagwa's Easter message to Zimbabwe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 93 Views

WATCH: Chiyangwa turns his 34 bedroom house into a hotel

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 120 Views

George Charamba gets baptism of fire

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 103 Views

Dreaded CIO Minister in fresh mine wrangle storm

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 100 Views

Matebeleland Collective a ZANU PF and British creation?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 78 Views

Criminals cash in on lost IDs, certificates

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 86 Views

192 Zimbabweans refused entry into South Africa

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 95 Views

'Peasant farmers now driving Zimbabwe's economy'

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 84 Views

'Foreign aid will not bail out Zimbabwe'

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 76 Views

White farmers told to pay ex-workers first

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 75 Views

Chamisa clinches victory

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 90 Views

Rugare Gumbo snubs Mnangagwa & Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 98 Views

Knives out for Selmor Mtukudzi

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 172 Views

Anti-sanctions crusade heats up

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 134 Views

Holiday accidents kill 16

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 118 Views

Dutch coach linked with Dembare

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 138 Views

Lupane East MP's burial unites Zanu-PF, MDC

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 180 Views

ZITF sold out

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 102 Views

Controversial Harare referee condemns Hwange to defeat

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 112 Views

'Zimbabwe will rise again'

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 108 Views

Whistleblowers pocket $3million after helping Zimra

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 102 Views

There is a light at the end of price hikes

by Dr Masimba Mavaza | 21 April 2019 | 140 Views

Cyclone Idai pupils, teachers death toll rises

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 58 Views

Zimbabwe to benefit from Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 96 Views

Tour company demands indecent pictures for jobs

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 99 Views

Velaphi: Daring by bringing first batch of weapons into Rhodesia

by Pathisa Nyathi | 21 April 2019 | 115 Views

Cyberbullying and Cyber Harassment

by Engineer Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi | 21 April 2019 | 76 Views

What I learnt from man City Vs Tottenham Champions League match

by Mthokozisi Gwizi | 21 April 2019 | 93 Views

'Gukurahundi reports are not missing'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 April 2019 | 119 Views

Independence Day accidents claim 6

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 89 Views

Mutendi says people must honour Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 99 Views

Memorial service revives pain of January killings

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2019 | 81 Views