By Staff Reporter
Zimbabwe’s President Emerson Mnangagwa has directed all his ministers and other senior public officers to declare their assets as a way of enhancing transparency in public service.
In a letter signed by Chief Secretary to the President and cabinet Dr M J M Sibanda and dated January 23, declaration of assets documents should be submitted by February 28 this year.
“It will be recalled that in his inaugural address on 24th November 2017, His Excellency the President made an undertaking to create a responsible, transparent and accountable Public Service Workforce that is sworn to high moral standards and deserved rewards. Over the ensuing period, the President has consistently called for strict adherence to the fundamental tenets of good corporate governance,” Sibanda stated.
“In line with the new thrust, it has become mandatory for all Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Heads of Ministries, Senior Principal Directors, Board Chairpersons and Board members of State Enterprises and Parastatals, Chief Executive officers of State Enterprises, all Chairpersons and members of Constitutional Commissions (both Executive and independent), and Chief Executives of Local Authorities to submit a written declaration of their assets. The Declaration of Assets documents should be submitted under sealed envelope to the undersigned by not later than 28th February, 2018.”
Sibanda outlined the type of information such declarations should contain.
He stated that President Mnangagwa had further directed specific officers to facilitate the directive.
“The Declaration of Assets document should contain the following information: details of all immovable property owned by the Public Servant, or those in which he/she has an interest; an item of movable property, exceeding one hundred thousand dollars (US$100 000.00) in value owned or leased by the individual concerned or in which he or she plays a part in running,” stated Sibanda.
“The nature of the interest in the property or business concerned should be clearly stated. Heads of Ministries are hereby directed to coordinate the collection and submission of all declarations in respect of designated grades within their Ministries, as well as in Public entities, and Constitutional bodies under their purview.
The President expects the full and urgent cooperation of all affected office bearers in responding to this directive.”