Mugabe announces that Govt will go ahead with plans to retrench civil service

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In his State of the Nation Address, President Robert Mugabe said that government will go ahead and adopt the audit report which recommends centralizing recruitment and merging some departments. Said Mugabe:

The Public Service Commission is currently implementing a number of structural reforms including the abolition of redundant and vacant non-critical posts. It is also in the process of rationalizing the duplications and overlaps of functions between and among some line ministries and is carrying out job re–engineering, job enrichment and multi-skilling. The resultant effect would be a leaner and flatter structures that are economic and would thus enhance effective and quality service delivery.

In March this year, the Commission said reforms would save the struggling government $400 million annually. In September, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed to cut 25,000 state jobs among other measures which would save the cash-strapped government at least $335 million annually but the proposal was shot down by Cabinet.

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