The Public Service Minister, Lucia Matibenga, told SW Radio Africa that the move resulted from a “payroll and skills” audit of government workers, which showed many of the youths had been hired “irregularly” and had no qualifications.
Mai Matibenga said the youths were listed as “ward officers” but said she did not know what they actually did. She added that the Minister of Youth and Indigenisation, Saviour Kasukuwere, would know specifically what the youths were hired to do.
According to the Daily News Kasukuwere told a parliamentary portfolio committee last year that the “ward officers” coordinate government activities in wards. But Zimbabweans know the youth militia as the violent “green bombers” responsible for assaulting MDC supporters.
Nearly 7,000 were recruited by the Mugabe regime just weeks before the 2008 presidential runoff between Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
The youths were implicated in the violent campaign against the MDC and any perceived enemies of ZANU PF, committing brutal acts of assault, torture and murder. This led to a decision by Tsvangirai to pull out of the race, in which Mugabe was controversially declared the winner.
Minister Matibenga confirmed reports that she had told parliament last week that the youths were “not hired above board” and proper procedures had not been followed. She said a total of 5,662 have already been removed from the list.
Verification of the audit done by Ernst & Young is about to be completed by the Public Service Commission, and according to the Minister more workers found to have been irregularly hired will also be removed from the payroll. – SW Radio Africa NewsPost published in: News