The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has suspended a rationalisation exercise which would have seen thousands of youths getting retrenched. This comes after youths, together with the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Patrick Zhuwawo, complained to President Robert Mugabe about the issue. CSC chairperson Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah said the CSC would wait to hear from the Cabinet before acting on the freeze.
I was given instructions by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister (Prisca Mupfumira) last week to freeze any action on the rationalisation exercise until further instruction. I immediately instructed all organs in Government involved to stop it. We have frozen everything pending further instruction from the Minister who consults the appointing authority (President Mugabe). Nothing is being done until we get instructions to proceed or not. It is sad that some sections of the media say the Minister is disobeying the President. She has already implemented the decision made by the President in Chinhoyi. She came back (from the rally) and we were communicating and she told us to stop and we complied.