PM meets Mugabe over civil servants

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday piled pressure on President Robert Mugabe to discipline senior civil servants who are refusing to respect the office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Speaking after last week’s tour of Mudzi, Mutoko and Murewa to asses the needs of the people ahead of the budget presentation by Finance Minister Tendai Biti, Tsvangirai expressed concerns over the behaviour of some top civil servants who boycotted the government programme.

“I was in Mudzi yesterday and the DA disappeared and here again (Murewa) the DA has disappeared, this does not look well for the inclusive government,” said the PM.

While senior servants have continued to treat Tsvangirai’s office contemptuously Mugabe has made no attempt to rein them in.

“We need maturity among our civil servants,” added the PM. His spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, confirmed the meeting. “Some civil servants are running government programmes as members of Zanu (PF).”

Permanent Secretaries in the government who were appointed to their current posts unilaterally by Mugabe have also been a thorn in the flesh for the premier, with some publicly attacking his office. Here again, Mugabe has remained silent.

While Tamborinyoka could not divulge the outcome, he said that the meeting was fruitful.

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