GWERU: Office of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution is set to assume more powers under the agenda as the government continues to find ways of implementing the constitutional provision, CommuTalk has gathered.
It also emerged during a meeting between a team from the Public Service Commission and government provincial heads in Gweru that the Public Commission is set to strictly monitor provincial heads of departments to ensure the full implementation of the devolution agenda across the country.
“We are saying the Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution are the people on the ground who work with these provincial heads daily.
“While we are not taking away all the powers of the commission, we argue that going forward we need the input from their offices on the staff appraisal,” said Public Service Commission – Team leader for Midlands Province, Commissioner Ozias Hove.
“They can have a certain section which will have their comment or marks and this will help the provinces achieve their vision. From now onwards, we expect the provincial heads to pull in one direction with the Ministers’ office so that there is cohesion in the implementation of projects,” he added.
Speaking at the same event, Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Larry Mavima disclosed that the Devolution agenda has already opened several opportunities in the area which have seen the Provincial Gross Domestic Product significantly improving.
“I want to implore you to utilise this unique opportunity which is meant to strengthen our work ethics. The Midlands Province embraces the Devolution agenda and as such has developed an economic master plan which has driven development by creating new investments. We will continue to implement whatever initiatives are being crafted by the government for the President’s vision to be realised,” he said.
The Public Service Commission is on a nationwide fact-finding mission to address key issues emanating from the conditions of service of government employees while sharing ideas on the implementation of the devolution agenda.