Civil servants advised to shun corruption, industrial action

Conrad Mupesa Mashonaland West Bureau

VISION 2030 is achievable if public servants desist from engaging in strike actions and corrupt activities that derail efforts to turn around the economy being made by the Second Republic, Civil Servants TrustED founder and chairperson, Mrs Lorainne Mutenure, has said.

Launching the Civil Servants TrustED Mashonaland West provincial structures in Chinhoyi recently, Mrs Mutenure said despite the challenges civil servants might face, they remain resolute in defending the gains of the liberation struggle and upholding patriotism.

“Offering quality, efficient services remains our top priority in all our Government departments. We shall, at all costs, see to it that our members execute their duties diligently.

“Members are advised to desist from all forms of corruption. Never allow yourself to be part of those who are retrogressive. Let us refrain from unethical labour practices such as taking bribes; that is very destructive,” said Mrs Mutenure.

Hundreds of members drawn from Mashonaland West province’s six districts attended the event.

Civil Servants TrustED is a Zanu PF affiliate.

Mrs Mutenure added that given the amount of work being put in by the Second Republic led by President Mnangagwa, it was inappropriate for civil servants to organise or participate in any form of industrial action and demonstrations.

“We cannot be part of those whose aim is to derail progress. We stand guided by the dictates of Civil Servants TrustED constitution as we are here to build our nation by offering our services where and when they are needed.

“We shall never be forced to fight the Government through strikes,” she said.

The organisation has also pledged to mobilise more members that are supportive of President Mnangagwa’s developmental initiatives.

Civil servants were also encouraged to come up with legitimate businesses to supplement their salaries.

The Government has indicated that people that are willing to make an extra dollar can engage in cropping, livestock rearing and mining, among other money-generating projects.

Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Josephat Jaji, said gone were the days when civil servants would rely solely on salaries for their upkeep.

“Let’s all engage in income generating projects that will sustain us. Salaries will never be enough to sustain our lives and the needs of our families.

“Take advantage of the economic empowerment initiatives that the Second Republic is rolling out,” he said.

Civil Servants TrustED Mashonaland West chairman, Cde Enias Mpofu, said the organisation had secured 80 hectares of land for residential stands and five mining claims to benefit its members.

During the meeting, members sought farming and residential land from the Government.

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