‘Mudede won’t be forced to retire’ 

Source: ‘Mudede won’t be forced to retire’ – DailyNews Live

Blessings Mashaya      8 December 2017

HARARE – Registrar General Tobaiwa Toneth Mudede will not be forced out of
his job even though he has reached the compulsory age of retirement,
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Petronella Kagonye has
told the National Assembly.

Kagonye’s remarks fly in the face of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decree
to permanent secretaries just after taking office that he was going to
retire all those who are above the age of 65.

“I want to assure you that no one will be laid off, expect those who have
reached retirement age,” Mnangagwa said.

“Those whose ministerial posts will be abolished will be re-skilled and
reassigned to other areas in the public service.

“I am sure you will appreciate that the rebuilding of our national economy
and improvement of the livelihood of all citizens is both urgent and
imperative; our people have endured economic hardships for over two
decades, and now expect this new government to turn things around, within
the shortest time possible.”

Responding on Wednesday to Harare West MDC MP Jessie Majome who had asked
when Mudede was going to retire, Kagonye said government was considering
reviewing upwards the compulsory retirement age.

Mudede is over 70 years of age and has been in charge of all elections
held in Zimbabwe since 1981, amid accusations by the ruling Zanu PF’s
rivals of ballot fraud favouring the governing party.

The country’s electoral processes are, however, now being overseen by the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, headed by Supreme Court Judge Justice Rita

“In direct response to the question from my learned colleague, allow me to
say that …Mudede was appointed as the Registrar in terms of Section 201
(a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe as read with Statutory Instrument 1 of
2000 (Public Service Regulations) as amended.

“In terms of Section 21 (1) of the Public Service Act, the Commission can
engage persons on contract or such conditions as may be fixed from time to

“The Commission is empowered by the Public Service Regulations to engage
retirement age.  Such persons will not contribute again towards a pension
as they would have already done so, hence their placement on annually
renewable contract.

“May I also inform the House that my ministry has proposed amendments to
increase Nssa retirement from 60 to 65 years?  These proposals are under
consideration by the minister of Finance and Economic Development as
required by the Nssa Act.”

Kagonye said government was taking measures to eliminate discrimination
against older persons in government.

“May I humbly implore the House against personalising enquiries and rather
interrogate policy issues.

“Ageing is an inevitable consequence of life which must be embraced rather
than shunned.

“According to Betty Friedan (1921-2006), `aging is not lost youth but a
new stage of opportunity and strength.’  Biblically, it is recognised as a
crown of glory only from God.”

Civil service regulations on pensionable age and retirement state that a
member appointed on pensionable terms of service before May 1, 1992, shall
have a pensionable age of 65 years, while those appointed afterwards shall
have a pensionable age of 60.

The regulations also provide that the “paymaster shall, on the 1st (of)
June each year, provide all heads of ministry or department with a list of
members who will reach the age of 55, 60 or 65 years during the ensuing

Kagonye said the ministry is currently initiating ratification of Article
8 of the African Union Protocol on Older Persons requiring people to
respect older persons and their right to employment.

“My ministry is currently initiating ratification of this new protocol
which Parliament is expected to debate and endorse.  It is important for
us to consider social trends and keep abreast with global and continental

“Our laws must remain relevant and devoid of discrimination against age in
this particular context, otherwise we perish for want of vision,” Kagonye


  • comment-avatar
    Ernest Kapungwe 7 years ago

    The ministry should not discriminate of age retirement Those civil servants who are now over 60 years must be retired as the constitution implores By so doing the government is creating employment for the young generation
    Mudede has presided over all the elections held in Zimbabwe and is reknowed for being a ZANU-PF sympathiser there he is part of the Zanu-PF rigging machine
    Please consideration must be begin to the plight of the Zimbabwe citizens who have suffered for decades because of this man Mr Tobaiwa Mudede

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    kapito 7 years ago

    here is a dose of cold water for all who ovr enthusiatically hoped that this new govt was pro-change. reality dawns now

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    Heath 7 years ago

    Infact of most importance he must be the first to go.Then the international community will see that we are serious.Infact he should be hang up to dry and also prosecuted.!

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    Kutama 7 years ago

    How could Zanu possibly pension off such a valuable part of the Rigging and Rooting Machine? The RG would need a well trained Rigger and Rooter of Elections to be able to retire or else Zanu will not be able to “pretend to count the votes!” Mudude is the most experienced and professional pretender that Zanu has. He will be endorsed as Chief Rigger and Rooter at the Zanu Conference because they will not have the Chief Murderer as there leader for the first time in 37 years. Watch that space. Chief R and R.

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    Ndonga 7 years ago

    What should we learn from this new Public Service Minister Petronella Kagonye’s decision?

    We all know that Mudede stood shoulder to shoulder with Mugabe, for those 37 long years in destroying democracy in Zimbabwe. He was Mugabe’s willing tool and fool in cheating in all of our elections, and also in the taking away citizenships from genuine Zimbabweans.

    By keeping Mudede in this employment our new leaders are clearly showing that they want to continue with all of Mugabe’s illegal and dishonest tricks…how to stay in power for ever.

    We need no more clearer warning than this, about the intentions of our new leaders.