President Emmerson Mnangagwa says there will be no room for idleness and corruption as the government works on improving conditions of service for workers in the public service.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday launched the Public Service Commission (PSC) strategic plan for 2019 to 2020 at the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), which comes at a time when the Commission is repositioning itself to deliver its mandate more effectively and efficiently.

The President was unequivocal as he implored the government and Zimbabweans to work together to achieve the national objective of eradicating corruption.

“The twin evils of corruption and inefficiency must be eradicated. I shall exhort all public officials to be mindful of the immense responsibility they have towards national development and the improvement of the quality of life of our people. The civil service is urged to always separate public and personal interests and to put the concerns of our people above personal benefit. We must remain clean, prudent, honest and upright in our conduct and in the exercise of power….Public servants must be industrious, dedicated and committed. The moon lighting culture of the past will not be condoned,” he said.

President Mnangagwa also emphasized the role of the PSC in driving the industrialisation and modernisation agenda as spelt out in the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).

“The implementation of this strategic plan must remain alive to the course we have chosen as a country, a course that will modernise, industrialise and grow our economy as well as improve the quality of life of our people, in line with vision 2030,” added the President.

He also spoke of his great expectation from staff at embassies, the registrar’s office and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) while also re-assuring civil servants of the continued improvement of their welfare.

PSC chairperson, Dr Vincent Hungwe said the commission’s vision is to create an empowered public service that will propel sustainable social and economic growth as well as prosperity for all citizens.

Line ministries and departments are also expected to work collectively to create a country whose political, social and economic environment will be collectively open for business.

The PSC strategic plan articulates a new vision, goals, strategic objectives and outcomes for civil servants in line with the President’s vision of transforming the national system of public administration and management.