Civil servants in Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating Public Service Day which was set aside by the African Union in 1994 to celebrate the values and virtues of civil servants in communities.
23 June was proclaimed UN Public Service Day in 2003 under United Nations General Assembly Resolution 52/277.
The day has been commemorated every year since then.
Civil servants play a crucial role in the execution and delivery of government policies and services and their conditions of service, including incentives and rewards, are crucial to ensure this mandate is carried out in the most efficient and effective manner.
The day takes place in Zimbabwe at a time when government has adopted various measures to ease the plight of civil servants.
In a statement to mark the day, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira said this year’s Public Service Day will be celebrated in Masvingo on the 3rd of July under the theme: ‘Partnering With Youth For A Professional And Responsive Public Service’ where civil servants will showcase their services and interact with the public.
“The holding of the commemorations at UN and AU levels underpins the importance of the Public Service Day whose theme is premised on having a public service which caters for the needs of the populace to uplift their socio-economic status under ZIM ASSET,” said Cde Mupfumira.
She stressed the centrality of the youth component in the public service saying the youth constitute the bulk of the working age population not only in Zimbabwe, but in Africa as a whole, making them a critical and significant constituency in development.
The choice of Masvingo as the venue for this year’s celebrations is according to rotation where other provinces have already hosted the event.
Cde Mupfumira said government is committed to the welfare of workers and efforts are being made to provide affordable housing to civil servants by partnering with the National Building Society whose mandate is also provision of low cost housing.
Through the manpower, planning and development department, government also provides training loans for civil servants who want to further their education,
The Zimbabwe government also provides transport to work for civil servants in all urban areas and it is planning to spread to other centres.