Lean, mean Cabinet wanted

HARARE - Now that outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has withdrawn his poll challenge, the first task for president-elect Robert Mugabe is to form the Cabinet.

And we hope that the process will be different this time, not the well-rehearsed recycling of Zanu PF deadwood.

Previously, the Cabinet had to include a blend of representation from the three parties in the inclusive government.

But with the poor performance of some parties in the July 31 general election, the choices, based on party needs, are diminished.

And MDC, although it won about a third of parliamentary seats, has declared that it will not be part of the government at the executive level.

Politics aside, the president-elect has a major job on his hands in transforming Zimbabwe into a fully developed country. The transformation agenda must be a top priority.

Which is why Mugabe needs a lean and mean team to work alongside him. The previous Cabinet comprised 31 ministers. That size was too big. Ideally, Mugabe should be able to start on a totally clean slate, but in reality he would have to consider, firstly, who among his former Cabinet members would be retained.

In this context, bearing in mind the results of the election, it would do well for him to drop those deemed unsuitable for the difficult tasks and challenges ahead.

Then he has to find the right blend of territorial or provincial representation and also gender considerations. A smaller Cabinet will allow for better governance. With a smaller team, the members can be held accountable and they would be more prudent and responsive to the people’s needs.

Mugabe might also want to consider including non-political members, often referred to as technocrats, in his Cabinet.

There is much wisdom in taking this path as the work of governing the country essentially is about the smooth running of the administration to ensure policies are properly implemented. Known performers in the private sector, for example, are excellent.

They must know they risk getting booted out should they fail to deliver.

Mugabe needs to introduce key performance indexes for his ministers.

Although the Cabinet comprises only ministers, there is probably too much baggage in having too many deputy ministers. Deputies, by right, are there to assist ministers.

But in reality, they are probably there because of political considerations.

Bearing in mind that we have such a big civil service, with its core team of highly trained top civil servants, to assist the Cabinet, it may not be necessary to have too many deputies.

Ultimately, it is still the sole prerogative of Mugabe to name his team.

With the election out of the way, we hope he will select a good team to help him run the government.

He needs all the help he can get to strengthen public support for his new administration.


Comments (5)

President RG Mugabe has a large pool to pick from no need to panic.

Colonel - 18 August 2013

We don't want him to pick any corrupt ministers that tarnish his image

Chamukainyama - 18 August 2013

Keep on dreaming. Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The man has been at it for 33years and the results are there for all to see.He is Mr know-it-all. Ask Simba Makoni who was labelled an enemy of the state for daring to suggest devaluation of the zim dollar. Today we are using the US$. Problem with the man is with so many degrees he knows all fields. Trith is he never used any of the degrees in a proper corporate setting where one is expected to produce results. He doesnt know what a corporate boardroom looks like and how it feels going home after a tounge lashing from a company boss for failing to achieve objectives.

magame - 18 August 2013

pamberi napresident, pasi nemacorrupt ministers, we love him

The Good Shephered - 18 August 2013

Editor this report would have been complete if the reporter had suggested particular individuals as potential cabinet material and those deemed dead wood instead of rambling on about nothing.

Chamakadya Chamuka - 21 August 2013

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