By Josephine Mugiyo Diplomatic Correspondent
A NEW era beckons as Cabinet ministers and heads of government agencies will now be required to sign performance based contracts in a move expected to foster a culture of accountability.
With government spearheading programmes which impact on people’s livelihoods, cabinet ministers and heads of government agencies are expected to measure up to the task.
In a first for the country, Cabinet ministers will now sign performance based contracts and the tax-payers will be made aware of how they performed after evaluation which will be done on a yearly basis.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Mr Nick Mangwana says the evaluation initiative which began last year with only permanent secretaries signing the contracts, will see cabinet ministers and heads of government agencies being included this year.
“When President Mnangagwa was inaugurated in 2018 he made a speech and he said he is bringing servant leadership and said the days of bureaucratic bottle necks have come and gone. Permanent secretaries signed in 2021 and now cabinet ministers have been added for the first time in the history of the country that a cabinet minister is made to sign . That is new territory,” said Mr Mangwana.
Mr Mangwana says government officials are there to serve the people, hence the importance of this new initiative to promote a culture of accountability.
“The projects that we are running have a lot to do with the people, the ordinary citizen, the officials are there to serve the people,” he added.
The government officials will sign the contracts at an event to be held next Thursday.