I will not accept Shef Shef Mentality – President
Brian Rungano Temba
His Excellency, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa today reminded high ranking Civil Servants of their servant role to the nation during a high level retreat held at the HICC in Harare.
He said this while speaking at the High level Government Meeting on Moving the Country Forward Towards #Vision2030, addressing Government Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries amongst other senior Government officials on the trajectory that the Second Republic is going to move in going forward.
“This High Level Retreat, therefore, affords us the opportunity to develop a common understanding of my Administration’s people-centred transformative agenda.
Additionally, this Retreat follows the resounding victory by our Revolutionary Mass Party, ZANU PF, in the just ended Harmonised General Elections,” said President Mnangagwa.
“I will not accept the _’shef-shef’_ mentality. We are servants of the people and must manage Government affairs with humility and servant leadership.
This country belongs to the people and not to us. In whatever we do, let us respect the people, especially elder people, because their perception of Government is based on who they come into contact with.
Hence, if you are arrogant, they will think that we are all arrogant; personally, I am not arrogant. You must be humble and simple. Never abuse the people,” said President Mnangagwa
“Our people deserve quality, affordable and accessible services. Under our watch, as Members of the Executive more of our people must be taken out of poverty into prosperity, especially the vulnerable, women and youth,” added President Mnangagwa.
“Government, must continue to create an enabling environment for investment.
It is my expectation that, over the next five years, Government business will be anchored by the “Whole of Economy and Society Approach to Development,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa told his administration that although they can take pages from other nations on how to go about developing Zimbabwe, they should pick out things that serve the people.
“Zimbabwe should develop through benchmarking Government services against those of other jurisdictions, cognisant of the adage that, ‘kugara nhaka huona dzevamwe’.
However, we must remain true to who we are, as a people. Lessons can be learnt from elsewhere, but only adapted to enrich the realisation of our own vision and national priorities,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa told his cabinet and staff that Government, must continue to create an enabling environment for investment.
“It is my expectation that, over the next five years, Government business will be anchored by the Whole of Economy and Society Approach to Development”, added President Mnangagwa
He said that Government will also implement the following additional measures:
Accelerator projects such as Gwayi Shangani Dam, Kunzvi Dam, the Beitbridge-Bulawayo – Victoria Falls highway, and drilling of the 35 000 boreholes in our villages, among others.
Government Excellence Model; underpinned by research, science, technology and innovation, high standards of operations and performance awards; as well as improving Zimbabwe’s competitiveness.
“Additionally, Government will continue to intensify its development work in the following areas, among others,” He added.
“To achieve this, servant leadership, continuous learning and the responsive implementation of policies and projects remain intintegral.
Further, we must work with a great sense ofurgency, unity of purpose and seamless synergies. Unity among Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and senior officials is critical. You have to complement each other.” said President Mnangagwa.
Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda, while outlining the roles of Vice Presidents, Ministers,Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries, said that the Minister of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting Services is mandated to share decisions by the cabinet, among others, through #PostCabinetBriefing with the press every Tuesday.