By Felex Share
President Mnangagwa yesterday chaired the first Cabinet meeting under the Second Republic where he introduced a new approach on the conduct of Government business and tasked the new ministers to identify at least five quick-win and high impact projects that improve the livelihoods of the people.
Under the new approach, ministers are expected to make presentations during the course of a Cabinet meeting while decisions will be communicated to the nation every Wednesday to ensure transparency.
All the projects will be strictly monitored and implemented under 100-day programme cycles. Giving his opening remarks during the meeting, President Mnangagwa said the new Ministers — a blend of new talent and experience — should lead the transformation process.
“You should be aware of the mammoth task before us, that is, to lead the transformation process, on our trajectory to become a middle income economy by 2030, characterised by job-rich economic growth and a globally competitive society,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said Ministers were expected to speak with one voice.
“Our approach will entail four or five Ministers making presentations during the course of a Cabinet meeting like this one until the 100-day cycle ends,” he said.
“The decision taken by Cabinet will be communicated to the nation every Wednesday after we have met. Thus, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services (Monica Mutsvangwa), will issue a Press statement in the presence of the Chief Secretary (to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda) and the implementing Ministers. This will help us entrench transparency and a culture of responsiveness as we seek to transform the quality of life of our people.”
President Mnangagwa said the 100-day cycles would continue and new Ministers should embrace them as the norm of doing business in Cabinet.
“We also adopted the 100-day programme cycle as a new model of doing business to support our drive to attain Vision 2030. The 100-day programme cycle helped us to accentuate the rapid and efficient implementation of priority projects with an immediate impact on the livelihoods of our people. Going forward, we should continue to apply the 100-day cycles as a way of doing business in Government supported by the monitoring of performance outcomes using the Executive Electronic Dashboard. This means that, at the click of a button, projects performance tracking has been made easy across Cabinet, Ministries and parastatals.”
He said workshops would be held to enable Ministers to familiarise themselves with the 100-day cycle.
“A similar exercise will be conducted for permanent secretaries and other senior Government officials.”
The Cabinet now has new faces after President Mnangagwa dropped several big names from previous administrations.
The President’s dream team is expected to address a host of challenges, from persistent fiscal and balance of payments deficits to infrastructural and social decay accruing from the previous administration.
Government is currently seized with overcoming the cholera outbreak which has so far claimed 30 lives.