Cabinet Ministers and heads of public institutions Thursday signed performance contracts as the government moves to foster a high-performance culture among office bearers to enhance accountability and good governance.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa presided over the signing ceremony of Cabinet Ministers, heads of parastatals and State entities, local authorities, and other senior public officials for the fiscal year 2022.
Permanent Secretaries for 21 Ministries were the first to sign the performance contracts last year.
In an interview, Parliament’s Budget and Finance Portfolio committee chairperson, Dr Mathew Nyashanu, said the decision to hold public officials accountable was noble and consistent with the Constitution. Said Nyashanu, who is ZANU PF MP for Buhera Central:
It is important that officers of Government account for the last cent of every allocation received from the Treasury. This exercise is part of what as the budget committee, we have advocated for. We need everyone in public office to be accountable. Accountability and Transparency are the hallmark of democracy.
Citizens should be fully informed of revenues and expenditures of state resources. The signing of performance contracts is a commitment to responsibility as public officers and I commend the Government for this initiative. However, we should not end there. This process must be followed by a thorough monitoring and evaluation exercise for better outputs and outcomes.
Chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts portfolio committee, Mr Brian Dube, said the Performance-Based Contracts are the best way to manage public officials. Dube, MDC-T MP for Gweru urban added:
The idea is that nobody must be permanently employed yet non-performing.
These contracts allow the employer and employee to sit down and evaluate each other based on deliverables. This is what has been lacking and has been causing a lot of under-performance.
He added that it is a value for money exercise where the Government as an employer is supposed to be given a chance to weigh whether or not there is value for money in that particular employment in terms of achieving targets.
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