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Govt Delays Gazetting of Ministry Responsibilities

FAILURE by the President’s Office to gazette the Ministerial Responsibilities for Acts of Parliament is creating  accountability problems over which ministry is responsible for executing certain parliamentary acts, it has emerged.

The Ministerial Responsibilities for Acts of Parliament clearly demarcates which minister is responsible for executing which specific Act of parliament.

The President’s Office is supposed to gazette the customary statutory instruments listing ministerial responsibilities for administering Zimbabwe’s Acts of parliament when and if new ministries are created.

However, the setting up of the all-inclusive government almost five months ago, saw several new ministries being created while others were split in two and others were combined creating a crisis over which ministry presides over which Act.

Parliamentary sources said delays in gazetting the Ministerial Responsibilities for Acts of Parliament will lead to scenarios where President Mugabe will have to intervene in determining which minister executes which Act as and when the need arises.

“As it is at the moment President Mugabe can decide that one minister administer an Act that belongs to another ministry for political expediency and as long as that is not cleared there will be problems in future,” said the source.    

The sources said there was a lot of uncertainty over which ministry has jurisdiction over which act of parliament. Already two ministers have clashed over control of ministries leading to the intervention of President Mugabe in the matter.

Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu and Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa clashed at the inception of the new government over the control of communication parastatals, forcing President Mugabe to direct that the communication portfolio be controlled by another ministry.

Zimbabwe has over 300 Acts of Parliament which have to be administered by several ministries.
Cabinet secretary Misheck Sibanda was not reachable for comment.


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