Zimbabweans across the political divide have welcomed the decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint new permanent secretaries, while others were reassigned.
In total, the President appointed 18 permanent secretaries, reassigned 19 senior officials and retired nine.
Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda made the announcement.
Commenting on the development, internationally recognised law expert, Petina Gappah tweeted, “I have always said no changes would work without root and branch reform in the Civil Service. So delighted to see process has started with some bold appointments and reshuffles at the very top.
An insider summarised it as: “Ah, Inga ED has chosen workhorses.” Good luck to all!!”
Norton independent legislator, Temba Mliswa, tweeted, “I am heartened by the announcement of the new Permanent Secretaries, they are a breath of fresh air. To note is the appointment of George Guvamatanga to Finance. It’s a strategic sector and this is a good move, we are poised for growth with this young, vibrant team.”
Government critic and UK based Zimbabwean lawyer, Dr Alex Magaisa weighed in saying, “If you can tackle the rot in that layer of the governance system, the layer of the unelected, you would have taken an important step. Find out how long they have served on state entities’ boards, their achievements, their remuneration and benefits.”