Masawara CEO Shingai Mutasa while speaking to a CEO Round Table digital meeting said it was difficult to tackle the issue of corruption while civils servants were underpaid and the economy nosediving. Mutasa also said it was almost impossible to implement “quick fixes” to solve the Zimbabwean crisis.
For me, Covid-19 is not the problem that confronts us. What confronts us is how we are going to make the next 50 years as productive for our people This is an incredible base on which to build an amazingly wealthy country for our future generations.
Many of our people say the dreams were lost and hijacked. I understand, but one of the most important roles of leadership is to be able to look beyond the horizon. Leadership is at the core of that challenge.
There are two levels of corruption and theft that we need to deal with. The most dangerous one is the one caused by our own ignorance. How do we remunerate our police officers, teachers, nurses civil servants low salaries and expect different results. There is no wonder that some manipulate the systems to make ends meet.
My point is, once we remunerate employees at appropriate levels, we will then be able to use the carrot and stick model. So, we should work hard to push for civil service reforms to make it strong and disciplined so that no excuses for theft and fraud in government. Those that do are dealt with appropriately.
Civils servants are earning anything between $30 and $100 a month as inflation soars to over 750% and the government not increasing their salaries.
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