‘Ministers to apply for posts’

OPPOSITION Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) presidential candidate Nkosana Moyo has pledged a governance paradigm shift, where prospective Cabinet ministers would have to apply and be considered on merit unlike the Zanu PF-led government system, where the leader picks “his cronies for top government posts”.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Addressing guests at his party manifesto launch in Harare on Wednesday, Moyo said: “Zimbabwe has a lot of skilled people who can take up ministerial posts, but the problem is that it is impossible to identify them and know where all of them are.

“I will not appoint ministers, but our requirements will be that one needs to apply in order to get a ministerial post so that ministers are chosen on merit and not through appointments because what stops a President from appointing his relatives.”

In a potshot directed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, Moyo said Zimbabwe now required economists to fix a “purely economic problem” and “not soldiers”.

“We fought a war and we needed soldiers to fight in that war … and now we are fighting to build an economy, but what is happening is that we are going back to get those soldiers.

“If the power goes out in this building, you get an electrician. Have you ever thought of how Zimbabweans managed to get a good education system? It was because former President Robert Mugabe was a teacher and he understood education,” Moyo said.

“What puzzles me now is that we want to put lawyers to fix the economy. Do we want to make new laws? What we want is someone to fix the economy, but it is not for me to decide. It is for Zimbabweans to decide.”

Moyo lampooned the Zanu PF government for failing to be transparent on the deals they signed with investors, saying that government must be accountable to the people.
“People think that when they get to Parliament, their job is to support the President. No, their job is to actually put the Executive to account, but we have corrupted the system,” he said.

Moyo added that his government would end the long era of wasteful recurrent spending and return the country to fiscal sanity.

11 Comments

  1. Comment…Zvine musoro zvamataura Mhanduwe. Asi zvino dambudziko riripo nderekuti vanhu vazhinji muZimbabwe avakuziveyi. Zvino munosarudzwa seyi imi musingazivikanwe. Murikutaura pazvivhitivhiti handitose tinazvo mukuru. Nekudaro, muchafambira vasarudzi nyika yose zvarinhi nhayi vaMoyo? Nhasi 22 Jun, kwasara mashoma, mwedzi nemazuva mapfumbamwe chete
    Svikayiwo Midlands, Mat North neSouth, Manicaland, Masvingo neMash East, Central neWest. Murikungoti Byo Hre. Zvoreva kuti ndovamudaka chete kuti vakusarudzeyi. Vamwe vose ava avana basa. Parizvino vanhu varikufambira vanhu vekumaruva ndava Mnangagwa nava Chamisa chete. Vamwe makumi maviri ane mumwechete ndemumaguta chete. Zvoreva kuti mongoda tara (potholes) negetsika. Huruva bodo.

    1. Moyo has been to all those places you’ve mentioned, Today he’ll be in Gwanda. Unfortunately the media has covered more of ED and Chamisa for the sake of sales. Instead of the media spearheading the debate on issues it has focused on the power-play aspect of politics

  2. I cant help but admit that whats Dr Moyo is saying makes sense.

  3. IN AS MUCH AS YOU ARE TALKING SENSE DR MOYO,YOU MUST BE REMINDED THAT AFRICAN POLITICS IS POLARISED TO AN EXTENT THAT THE ELECTORATE DOES NOT VOTE FOR LEADERS BASING ON MERIT BUT THE ELECTORATE VOTES BASING ON POPULARITY.

    THEREFORE MY ADVICE TO YOU IS THAT,YOU SHOULD JOIN OTHER OPPOSITION POLITICAL PLAYERS AND CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS TO THE GOOD OF OUR ECONOMY.WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS VERY LOGICAL BUT THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME BECAUSE ITS NOW TOO LATE FOR YOU TO GARNER ENOUGH VOTES TO THE STATE HOUSE .WE NEED YOUR GOOD THINKING AND MODERNISED IDEAS FOR US TO MAKE INFORMED DECISION THAT WILL HELP IN DEVELOPING OUR BELOVED NATION.

    1. It is up to us voters to choose people such as Dr Moyo who are rational and use common sense instead of fast talkers, crooks and liars. Moyo himself has even mentioned that it is up to Zimbabweans to choose. This man respects voters. Very articulate without even insulting anyone!!
      Imagine how quickly the economy will turn around when skilled and qualified people are in ministerial positions instead of the crop of yes men/women that occupies such positions now.

  4. agreed Moyo for this election its too late but the next yes u can run alone for now come to mdc chamisa with ur support

  5. I hope who ever is going to win the Presidential hot seat borrow some of these ideas

  6. The Way Forward Zimbabwe

    This makes a lot of sense. It does not matter whether or not he wins, it must be said – over and over again. It may make sense to the winning person

  7. What you are saying makes sense but isn’t it that according to our constitution you have to choose your Ministers from elected members?If that’s correct then you have to change the constitution first.Maybe you could advertise for the 5 that are allowed to be appointed by the President outside elected members.

    1. The elected members will have to apply for the jobs. Comes to the same result. Fit of person to the job accoding to skills & qualifications. Engineers run Zesa not soldiers. Economists run the economy not robbers or soldiers or thieves.

  8. A very good leader we might never have. Its unfortunate that politics is not that simple but it is people like him we want in leadership positions. Whether by appointment or application, its not wise to restrict yourself to MPs and Senators who are politicians when we have real business people who can drive the economy forward without any need for “patronage”

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