Mutodi voices concern over Lumumba appointment

HARARE - The Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services ministry have voiced concern over the controversial appointment of Acie Lumumba as head of the newly-created Finance ministry communications committee.

Deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi, told the Daily News yesterday that the appointment came as a surprise to them, as they were never consulted.

“I am afraid that the appointment of a communications chairperson in the ministry of Finance may undermine the role that is to be played by the Information ministry. Most governments realise the world over that not all ministers, especially those appointed for their technical expertise have good communication skills, hence the need for an Information ministry that communicates government policy to the public,” Mutodi said.

Lumumba, whose real name is William Gerald Mutumanje, was appointed to chair a communications “taskforce” in the Finance ministry.

However, Ncube came under fire over the appointment, which was made on Friday, as several citizens, argued this was an ill-informed decision.

The Finance minister, who is one of the technocrats appointed by Mnangagwa after the July 30 elections, has however, not yet made public the names of the other members of the committee.

But Mutodi, yesterday said if all government ministries were to go by Ncube’s stance, the government will end up with an inflated workforce.

“If all ministries manned by technocrats would resort to communications chairpersons we will eventually have a bloated workforce and a duplication of duties as the Information ministry must continue to maintain its oversight role on all policy communications.

“We have a minister, a deputy minister and a permanent secretary in the Information ministry and I think this is enough staff complement to cover government communications. We even further have a deputy chief secretary for presidential communications hence the need for us to limit recruitment of any additional communications personnel at government level,” Mutodi said.

He further said that people with a passion for communications such as Lumumba could assist as members of the ZBC board that they are currently putting together.

Lumumba, who is a former Zanu PF member, quit the liberation movement in 2016, citing failure to deliver on its electoral promises.

He later launched his own opposition party, Viva Zimbabwe, after he was fired as the chairperson of a steering committee on the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment, amid allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for the Zimbabwe Youth Council.

He was also at the centre of controversy after he was filmed performing a sexual act with his partner. The sex tape was recovered from his house during a police raid.

Lumumba, who has three unresolved fraud cases, was also previously in the eye of a storm when he was accused of “lying” that he had obtained a degree from the prestigious Harvard University.


Comments (8)

Not a fan of Mutodi but on this one agree with him. Mthuli's is telling the world during the day he will rightsize government waste but at night goes and makes such a hypocrital appointment no consultations.

Sinyo - 22 October 2018

The guy never consults. It's high time the president reins him.

Yohwe - 22 October 2018

Additionally these leaches like Lumumba must never be rewarded. How can one be appointed for doing nothing but tweeting and blogging. Ooops, the same applies with Nick Mangwana. But yes, ED is setting a wrong precedence that bootlicking is a rewardable competency. No, people must work and rewarded for it. Lumumbas appointment must be reversed forthwith.

Samaita Dube - 22 October 2018

Acie, Obadiah & Joram add no value. Take them out they are pulling every effort down. They are cheats liars and fraudsters no new dispensation there!!

AntiCorruption - 22 October 2018

Where is the sense in appointing a British Nurse like Nick Mangwana to be Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communication? There is unqualified zanu cadre deployment right accross government.

Galore - 22 October 2018

lumumba's allegations have a potential of becoming so valuable if proved correct;we all know but without much evidence that all big managers,in most corporate world (in companies),whether state entities,private or otherwise are engaged in some kind of corruption which always has overall effect of making us the poor surfer & get deprived of something otherwise supposed to b available for overall national development& the RBZ is not an exception.That Lumumba has exposed some of this rot makes us smile & expectant of a near solution of some of our problems.I Think no one should shout at Lumumba til otherwise his allegations have been throughly proved to b wrong otherwise he is fighting on our side

addmore gudo - 23 October 2018

Lumumba is even strikingly exposing to us that the opposition MDC ALLIANCE has also direct corruption links at the RBZ through these same suspended managers who are to all intents & purposes can not b doubted to be MDC supporters while at the RBZ which Lumumba clearly stipulates that the managers act as conduits to syphon state funds to finance MDC party since left out in the cold by its traditional over seas financiers.

addmore gudo - 23 October 2018

who is in the government of zimbabwe, maverick, dubious persons like lumumba or who? he seems to know too much...he looks like a hatchet master..

mpiza - 23 October 2018

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