Local Authorities, State Enterprises rated worst performers

By George Msumba |  5 days ago | top

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed disappointment with the service delivery performance of local authorities and state enterprises.

In his keynote address during the announcement of the 2022 performance evaluation results and signing of performance contracts for senior officials for this year at Statehouse in Harare today, the President said accounting officers in public service must be innovative while working under a constrained fiscal space.

“Performance of local authorities as outlined in the assessment report remains worrisome and a huge drawback in our march towards Vision 2030.

“While devolution funds have gone a long way in accelerating infrastructure development, neglect and failure by majority of local authorities to focus on their core mandate of service delivery is unacceptable,” said President Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka and his Permanent Secretary Dr John Bhasera were adjudged to be the top performing civil servants in their categories. Making the announcement Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said Dr Masuka was the top Minister for various innovative measures he introduced in the agriculture sector to achieve the current $8 billion US dollar agriculture economy.

The second best performing Minister is Dr Fredrick Shava from the Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministry.

Nineteen out of twenty-one cabinet ministers were evaluated with two ministers excelling beyond expectation while fifteen met their targets and two performed below target.

For Permanent Secretaries one performed above set target, fifteen met their targets and four performed below target.