Nzuwah retirement good, but more should leave

THE decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to retire Mariyawanda Nzuwah from his chairmanship position as Civil Service Commission, Police Service Commission, Defence Forces Commission, Prisons and Correctional Service Commission and a member of the Judicial Service Commission after reaching the pensionable age of 65 is a welcome development, which could not have come at any opportune time.

It is hoped that this will pave the way for more retirements of senior citizens in the government employ retarding the regime’s new trajectory.

In the same breadth, Zimbabweans would hope that his counterpart Tobaiwa Mudede, who has served as the country’s Registrar-General, sometimes with his own moments of controversy, especially, with regards to the management of the voters roll and dual citizenship among others, should be the next target.

As part of the new government’s decision to depart from “Mugabeism”, following the forced removal of 94-year-old former President Robert Mugabe, there is need to inject new, younger blood and energetic personnel into key positions in public institutions, who will come up with new and fresh ideas.

For many years, the civil service had become a tired and moribund creature in desperate need of new energy and inspiration.

Therefore, the retiring of ageing individuals superintending key parastatals and government institutions will open the doors for younger and skilled people to take over the reins and, where necessary, modernise such institutions.

We believe there are several people who by now should have become pensioners, but are still expected to bring new ideas, something that is a rather tall order for them.
We are hopeful that Mnangagwa will not stop there, but will expand his dragnet to “catch” all those that are over 60, but are still in the government employ, occupying key positions and still struggling with making key decisions to take the country forward.

It boggles the mind how these tired mortals are expected to generate new ideas, when they themselves actually need regeneration. In fact, forcing things that way is like expecting water to come out of a stone.

That could be one reason why Zimbabwe had a whole Cabinet of educated old fellows removing their shoes before an uneducated con-artist, one Rotina Mavhunga in Maninga Hills of Chinhoyi in 2007 on the pretext that she had the powers to extract pure diesel from the hills.

Those that quickly come to mind are Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, Police Commissioner-General Tandabantu Godwin Matanga and former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi.
Yet, some of these individuals still hold key government posts that should be occupied by many qualified young people wandering the streets after graduating from university.

We believe that many of these young people should be deployed in government, but that can only be possible if there is a shake up to ensure the necessary openings.

Those that have reached retirement should serve in advisory roles, as informal soundboards from which the younger professionals can draw wisdom and guidance.

Mnangagwa should, therefore, move quickly to reconfigure the structures of government, otherwise his mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business” becomes hollow!

11 Comments

  1. why retire them if they can work, most have ‘small houses’ thus need to keep supporting their young families.

  2. I agree with the reporter. At 65 one should rest but should receive a decent pension. Thats where NSSA comes in. That corrupt organisation should be forced to pay decent pensions.

    1. Tobaiwa must also go. ED also, Mohadi, Mpofu, the list is endless

  3. Oldies Retire Please

    I have been privately making similar observations. I think we must blame Mugabe for creating this non-retirement legacy. I often wonder why an old 60 plus individual who has been a minster or top civil servant for decades is still afraid of retirement? If they are afraid of facing life without the protection of higher office, then it means they have not been saving for a rainy day. Really, at sixty one should not even worry about school fees because by then all your kids will be adults unless you were busy sowing wild oats of which that should be your own lookout. People must learn to save and start business not to overburden the fiscus. My list of those to be retired includes Tobaiwa Mudede, Isaiah Sibanda, Sekuru vangu Job Hwabira chairperson of Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, and kamudhara katsvuku kanofamba nemapresident.Imagin how many jobs will be opened with wholesale retirements?

  4. Look at the cabinet that was appointed??????????? I sthis the new Zimbabwe????? You retire some and appoint same????? yoooo!!!

  5. its important to have some old horses around to ensure a seamless transition. its not magical to have an all youthful government the very reason why Chamisa will loose the elections. Youths are to full of I know hence they cant accomplish their ambitions. Imagine having Chipanga as your AG or Maziwisa as your Minister of Health. be realistic these youths are too experimental with plagiarized material a well groomed man approaching middle age is better not pants dropping punk brandishing a degree to head a public service portfolio. of course Mudede is not my idea of continuity.

  6. True people should retire when they are due just like everyone else. There should be no sacred cows.Remember what brother Malcom said..
    “If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality.”

    All civil servants are bound by the same rules.

  7. Many Zimbabweans would expect NOT TO SEE THE SAME FACES THAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING SINCE WE WERE BORN IN PARLIAMENT OR IN MINISTERIAL POSITIONS. PLEASE WE ARE TIRED OF THIS RECYCLING BUSINESS. THE TRADITION OF ONE MINISTER BEING CHANGED FROM ONE MINISTRY TO ANOTHER, STEALING ALONG THE WAY, SHOULD BE A THING OF THE PAST.

  8. The retirements must cascade to all government departments, Agencies, Commissions and Parastatals etc. There are lot of very elderly people in these institutions who are contributing nothing apart from getting GASOLINE and other benefits. I saw some at the Auditor General’s Office. Auditing is a profession that is ever evolving with new Standards that require young and able minds. These Sekurus must be retired to pave way for competent people.

  9. The retirements must cascade to all government departments, Agencies, Commissions and Parastatals etc. There are lot of very elderly people in these institutions who are contributing nothing apart from getting GASOLINE and other benefits. I saw some at the Auditor General’s Office. Auditing is a profession that is ever evolving with new Standards that require young and able minds. These Sekurus must be retired to pave way for competent people.

  10. No more s***. All posts of this qutliay from now on

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