Civil service not overstaffed: Mujuru

OPPOSITION National People’s Party (NPP) leader, Joice Mujuru yesterday said the government was not overstaffed as was being claimed by some sections of the ruling party, international financiers and other opposition parties.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

NPP leader Joice Mujuru

NPP leader Joice Mujuru

The former Vice-President made the claims during the official launch of her party in Harare, where she pledged to retain the bloated government if she wins next year’s presidential elections.

“We believe calls to trim the civil service are not informed by the reality of service delivery on the ground. While there may be scope for rationalisation of the civil service, we don’t believe the government is overstaffed. Inability to pay should not be confused with overstaffing,” she said.

“The civil service has for long been viewed as the most stable employer at least until recently. Those offering credit will offer zero deposit facilities to civil servants reflecting the perceived low risk, but not anymore, as announcements of pay dates monthly has sadly become nothing to celebrate.”

Mujuru said NPP was still open to coalition negotiations and called for patience among her supporters.

“NPP, as a people-centred party, we believe that we have overstretched your patience, but remember we are from different parties with different backgrounds and negotiations seem to take a bit longer than anticipated. We are working on modalities for this grand coalition and I can assure you that this time you will cross to the promised land of flowing milk and honey.”

Mujuru also pledged to re-engage the international community, including the Commonwealth, as part of efforts to rebuild the economy and discard the controversial indigenisation law.

She said she was committed to the reconciliation agenda, reviving the economy, curbing corruption, repatriating stolen wealth by Zanu PF officials and respecting the rule of law and constitutionalism.

In his solidarity message, MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who received a standing ovation from the packed convention, said he agreed with Mujuru’s message and that the door was still open for coalition negotiations.

“I was listening to the proposals that you were making, Cde president, and I see no conflict with our ideals and values as MDC-T and so where is the problem? We cannot be divided on the basis of personality and if we agree that this is the direction we are going to face as a country, why don’t we put these efforts together?”

“Last week, we launched the MDC Alliance as a coalition of agreed parties. We said at the time we believe in the big tent, we believe in the unity of Zimbabwe and that 2018 is the only opportunity for the democratic opposition in this country to win power. NPP is not our enemy, Zanu PF is our enemy,” he said.

Other party leaders, who attended the inaugural convention, are Dumiso Dabengwa of Zapu, Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe, Farai Mbira of Zimbabweans United for Democracy, Gilbert Dzikiti of Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment and Lucia Matibenga of the People’s Democratic Party.

The NPP convention confirmed Mujuru as party leader, deputised by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and John Mvundura.

26 Responses to Civil service not overstaffed: Mujuru

  1. Artwell August 10, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Dont lie to us find other ways to get votes

  2. Nokuda August 10, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    I dont know how Mujuru can claim that the civil service is not bloated. Unless she knows something that most people dont know.

    • We Zimbabwe August 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Politics aside, the Civil Service is certainly not bloated given that there is clear evidence of under-staffing in such critical areas as health and education where the bulk of the civil servants are employed. What we need to concentrate on is bringing accountability to government so that we increase inflows into the consolidated revenue fund. When the IMF and other such minded institutions mention that the civil service is over staffed or over paid they are speaking in relative terms where they relate to budget allocations as percentages of revenue or GDP. But when you dig deeper you realize that there is currently statistical evidence to prove that Zimbabwe’s GDP is currently understated as it requires re basing while on the revenue side its again public knowledge that the majority of Zimbabweans, especially the politically connected and the self employed are not paying taxes irrespective of them earning far more than the civil servants who contribute to tax on a monthly basis. In other words there is certainly a need to rationalise the civil service as opposed to trimming it.

  3. andrew August 10, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Mujuru is the most daft opposition candidate, let alone the most corrupt politician Zimbabwe has ever seen. He blocked Econet formation in her capacity as Minister. Her sacking from ZANU PF was justified.
    Mugabe & Tsvangison are far less evil than Mujuru.

  4. Sagitarr August 10, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    Very confused and stupid logic. As a rudimentary comparison, the UK (pop 66m) has about 420 000 civil servants, Zambia 40 ministers for 17m people, Mozambique 20 ministers for 29m people, South Africa 35 ministers for 56m people and India 78 ministers for more than a billion people whilst Zimbabwe (pop 16m) has 500 000 civil servants.

    If an aspiring presidential candidate cannot see this as a symptom to a larger problem I don’t see why she/he deserves my vote. By inference, he/she can fail to reign in expenditure.

    • We Zimbabwe August 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

      The size of the civil service is a function of not only the population size but also the the nature of the public service provision infrastructure and the stage of development. For example, developed countries such as the UK are naturally expected to have a lower civil servant per-capita ratio than developing countries such as Zimbabwe with a relatively limited private sector involvement in education, health and other critical social services.

      • just being candid August 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

        At the end of the day, the civil service can only be supported by taxes from productive economic activity.When the economy shrinks ,like it has, the civil service should also get smaller, otherwise it can only be sustained by printing money or issuing treasury bills, without a corresponding increase in productive activity, which renders any currency useless.

      • ras matopos August 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

        Not forgetting mechanisation, where people are employed to do the work manual work ordinarily done by machines in developed countries like cleaners.

  5. vembuya August 10, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    She is clever no civil servant would vote for you if you say you will trim the govt. She knows our civil service is overstaffed but to win votes so pretends otherwise. The army, police and youth service are bloated and need what I can term curling.

  6. j touch August 10, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    I think she correct the only problem is that the country is not growing enough welth otherwise all things being equal the country can have 20 billion per year as its budget and the civil takes roughly 1 billion per year that’s like 1 percent if all things equal

  7. Mukanya August 10, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    If this is her stance, then the ZANU PF demon in her needs some ritual cleansing to completely exorcise it off from her natural daftness.

  8. tundi August 10, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    amai batanai namorgan tifambe asi bvumai kuenda pasi pake

  9. Toitora Chete August 10, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Joice, my Choice, my voice, my President

  10. wekunyombwe August 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    She is A YOUTH OFFICER

  11. klu August 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    dofo riri stubborn

  12. Godwin August 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    Joyce Mujuru batana na Tsvangirai, hauna ma votes caz you have zanu pf DNA, saka mukada kutoonererwa hapana anokuvhoterai, batanai na Morgan Tsvangirai ndiyo Shumba yemaChinja chete

  13. Thompson August 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    The real solution to Mujuru’s success take Tsvangirayi ‘s tag moita party yakasimba moenda kumarural areas tell the people pachine nguva .Zvichembere nezvidhara Kumamisha zvinoda Tsvangirai itayi fast guys mugadzire nyika taneta naMugabe uyu.Muri one one hazvibudi zvomemene

  14. NACIDO RICO August 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    Its bloated. Those useless greedy ministers, the useless MPs, the useless senators and even the soldiers are doing nothing and deserves a chop. Majority of these civil servants are earning money while loafing around doing nothing.
    Mujuru, say the truth and ashame the devil. Maybe, when you become a leader, your aim is to get all the pple from all the opposition parties into your govt.

    • We Zimbabwe August 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      It is common cause that Ministers and MPs are not civil servants. Similarly it is typical across the world that the size of the army is a function of the national security strategy which even in model democracies and functional economies such as UK and US, cannot be discussed with every citizen in the street. Soldiers do not have to be at the war front to deserve their salaries and this is the practice worldwide, I think we need to separate emotion and practical national issues in these debates that are certainly critical for our country at this juncture.

  15. Prophet Profit August 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    We zimbabwe and sagitarr, it is true that the civil service is not overstaffed. Nobody is willing to empirically show how the employee compliment reaches 500000 when there are less than 80000 teachers, about 40000 persons for each of police and army; far less persons in health and the rest of the civil service. The real problem is with the c10 and the so-called president’s office and the youth officers. Then there are the numerous commissions established by the new constitution some of which are government employment commissions. You even have a law establishing a whole tribunal whose only job is to suspend and to fire local government councillors and chairpersons and mayors. But still, adding all these positions together would not give us a figure of five hundred thousand. The country does not need a health services board, police service commission, intelligence service commission, prisons and correctional service commission etc. The whole figure is inflated to facilitate looting and the diversion of state resources to fund other things like party personnel and party activities and the entire mess is presented as expenditure on civil servants. And so the npp leader could be right after all, in spite of her past wrongdoing and blunders relating to econet and land grabs some of which dispossessed blacks and not whites. In fact there are gaps and shortages all over which need filling up.

  16. Zvusvumbwi August 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Well, it really depends on where you are looking at, from where I am standing the “6” is truly a “9”. It is only when we have exchanged positions that I shall realize that indeed from your vantage point, my “9” is actually is a “6”. What we should agree though is that the bulk of the money is gobbled by top dogs, being in the executive, judiciary and parliament. If we can save money there everyone will have better remuneration.

    • NACIDO RICO August 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

      Well said@Zvisumbwi.

  17. NACIDO RICO August 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    Well said@Zvisumbwi.

  18. Franco August 11, 2017 at 4:22 am #

    Relative to Zimbabwe’s GDP and budgetary constraints, Zimbabwe’s civil service is overstaffed. How difficult is it to understand such simple mathematics ? Until Zimbabwe can grow the economy, it needs to rationalise the size of the civil service. Rationalisations involves cutting down the size of manpower numbers. Other than cutting down, how else can you match the size of the economy to the national cake i:e budget ?

    There is no magic wand or miracle that is going to grow Zimbabwe’s economy. It will take years. Therefore in the meantime, let’s do what Biti said “eat what you kill”, and that simply means the budget cannot sustain the same level of manpower numbers .

    • We Zimbabwe August 11, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      That sounds like a solution at face value, but there is no credible empirical evidence of an economy that ever grew out of decimating its social services provision infrastructure and replacing it with a humanitarian crisis at its door steps. Economies grow through enhancing productivity mainly by unlocking supply side rigiditities and strengthening incentives across the economy. In our case, such effort must be directed at fully relaxing the indigenisation regulations in selected sectors especially in non-land based investments such as manufacturing, and services sectors, Strengthening property rights especially regarding agriculturul land rights in order to attract more private capital into the critical sector and shifting from the current source based tax system which literally focus on only formal businesses and employees as tax payers to a resident based system such as in South Africa and USA where all citizens, corporate and individual should complete tax returns declaring their earnings from any source above a certain threshold. In fact for the Zimbabwean economy, there has been shriniking yes but more critically there has been lots of informalisation being mistaken for shrinking. This view is supported by the fact that companies are closing but somehow aggregate final consumption is not falling at the same rate as people are losing jobs. Ask yourself how a continually shrinking economy is able to continue import basically the same value of imports each year while running a current account deficit in the balance of payments? it means there is lots of production unaccounted for in Zimbabwe and we should not concentrate on punishing only the civil servants because they are formally employed and allow all of us to escape the tax radar under the guise that we are unemployed and yet we even earn more than most of the civil servants.

  19. Nyere.dzi August 13, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Tsvangirai mujuru nevamwe venyu, nguva irikufamba vanhu vachichichidzirwa mumapurazi nemayouth arikushandiswa nezanupf. Batanai mufambe mumamisha ese muchiudza vanhu chokwadi. Hupresident hauuye makagara muoffice muchiita nyaya. Mukapusa gore rinouya munenge moti tabirirwa. Go out and meet the people. You are becoming too lazy before you even start leading the country. Avawo varikutaura kuti macivil servants akawandisa, baba kana atadza kuriritira mhuri yake, mungataura kuti mhuri yakamukurira here kana kuti atadza kuriritira mhuri.

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