Hungwe sworn in as Civil Service Commission chair

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday appointed Vincent Hungwe as the chairperson of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The Constitution provides that the chairperson of the CSC shall be a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Hungwe takes over the chairpersonship of the CSC from Mariyawanda Nzuwah, who was forced into retirement in March after serving for 26 years as the CSC chief.

He took oath of office at State House in Harare yesterday together with Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, who was also sworn in as a commissioner of the JSC.

Gwaunza, a Supreme Court judge, was sworn in as deputy chief justice in March, completing the full structure of the Judiciary.

She filled the post left vacant by Chief Justice Luke Malaba who held the position before his elevation last year.

Hungwe, the former secretary for the Local Government ministry, said he appreciates the task at hand at the CSC.

“There is no institution that you will join without its own challenges and the fact that one has been identified for purposes of joining a particular institution at such a high level is in itself an indication of the fact that one is in a position to make a contribution to the resolutions,” Hungwe said, declining to be drawn into the challenges that need to be attended to immediately.

He said he will do his best undertake an audit to understand the scope and severity of the challenges facing the commission.

“We have been operating in one paradigm and there has been a significant shift in terms of thinking of what it is we would like to achieve as a country as the public service commission become a critical player in terms of making sure that the requisite structures and functions of government are aligned to the challenges that we have to overcome and those structures have to be manned by both men and women who have the necessary competencies to achieve the goal,” he said.

Hungwe will also chair the Defence Forces Services Commission and the Police Service Commission as well as the Prisons and Correctional Service Commission.

The appointments are with effect from the date of assumption of duty.

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