By Derick Tsimba
Government has made it mandatory for senior public officers to declare their assets, The Harare Post can report.
In a press statement yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said in 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had made an undertaking to create a transparent Public Service Workforce sworn on high moral standards.
“It will be recalled that in his inaugural address on the 24th of November 2017, His Excellency the President made an undertaking to create a responsible, transparent and accountable Public Service Workforce that is sworn on high moral standards and deserve rewards. Over the ensuing period, the President has consistently called for strict adherence to the fundamental tenets of good corporate governance,” said Sibanda.
The Chief Secretary also said it was now mandatory for all Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other senior officers in Government to submit a written declaration of their assets.
“In line with the new thrust, it has become mandatory for all Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Heads of Ministries, Senior Principal Directors, Board Chairpersons and Board Members of State Enterprises and Parastatals, Chief Executive Officers of State Enterprises, all Chairpersons and Members of Constitutional Commissions (both Executive and Independent), and Chief Executives of Local Authorities to submit a written declaration of their assets,” he said.
Dr Sibanda also outlined the information that is expected to be included in the document such as details of immovable and movable properties as well as any business that an individual would be undertaking.
“The Declaration of Assets document should contain the following information; details of immovable property owned by the Public Servant, or those in which he/she has an interest; any item of movable property exceeding $100 000-00 and any business the individual has an interest,” said Sibanda.
The Harare Post has learnt the Declaration of Assets documents should be submitted to the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet not later than 28 February 2018.