2011 staff audit incomplete: Chinamasa

via 2011 staff audit incomplete: Chinamasa – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 15, 2015 by Paidamoyo Muzulu

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday the Ernest & Young (India) 2011 civil servants audit report recommendations were not implemented because the coalition government partners were fighting over the findings as some thought it was not complete.

The report — which was never made public, but leaked to the media — established that the government had irregularly employed 75 000 workers with the majority employed between March and June 2008. The majority of the “ghost workers” were recruited by the Ministry of Youth.

“The audit was not complete because of the political fighting then in the inclusive (coalition) government,” Chinamasa said.

The coalition government was set up in 2009 after the inconclusive presidential runoff of in June 2008 after main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out a week before polls citing violence and intimidation of his supporters. Sadc intervention resulted in the coalition government between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations.

Chinamasa added that the deteriorating economic conditions were forcing the government to take drastic action which among other things would include a civil service audit and the suspension of annual bonuses for the next two years starting this year.

“We have now started on another civil servant staff audit starting with the Ministry of Education which is the biggest employer and we will not hesitate to take bold decision,” he said.

The minister reiterated that 82% of all State revenue was going towards paying the government wage bill and this was unsustainable.
He said the government was now looking at expanding the revenue base by helping informal businesses with potential to be formalised.
“One approach that we are adopting is to identify champions in the informal sector and see if we can nurture them to access capital, skills and to formalise their operations,” Chinamasa said.

The government has been struggling to raise revenue from the burgeoning informal sector as the formal economy continues to contract due to the harsh economic conditions.

Zimbabwe has in the last couple of years been receiving limited foreign direct investment because of the political risk and lack of clarity on the controversial indigenisation law. The indigenisation law compels foreign-controlled firms to cede 51% of their shareholding to locals.

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    pocoyo 7 years ago

    Its astonishingly shocking to hear that between March and June 2008…4 months; the ZANU of government employed the majority of the 75,000 in their youth department. Can Chinamasa go further to tell the nature of work they were employed for. Otherwise we smell a rat on this one. Now that it has dawned on Chinamsa that the economy cannot sustain the civil service,he thinks it is the education sector that needs “culling” when the cabinet in his government is ballooning with sun basking morons of the worst measure, him included, whose sole work is to plunder what remains of our country.With the economy on the death-bed, Zimbabwe needs no more than 10 ministers without deputies and a single VP.We no longer need politically correct decisions but those that focus on economy.Its about sustainability.

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    grabmore 7 years ago

    The minister reiterated that 82% of all State revenue was going towards paying the government wage bill and this was unsustainable.
    He said the government was now looking at expanding the revenue base by helping informal businesses with potential to be formalised.
    “One approach that we are adopting is to identify champions in the informal sector and see if we can nurture them to access capital, skills and to formalise their operations,” Chinamasa said.

    Dear Pat.

    EVERYONE in the informal sector is already a champion because they are still surviving. But why would they want to be “identified”? Why? Do you really think any of them want to “formalised” so that they pay Tax which is only used to pay Chefs to sit in fancy offices which is where they run their private bussiness from anyway and then to waya waya home in a Range Rover. Nxa!!

    Better for everyone to go informal. Isn’t??