I know my place in life. I am no journalist, and could never pretend to have the know-how, the command of English or the legal savvy to effectively practise journalism (yeah, right).
That is why I’ve refrained from blogging on recent political events in Zimbabwe, including (but not limited to) the so-called Government of National Unity. Any posts would simply be reportage, and I’m here to offer commentary, not give the news.
But some shit just can’t be ignored.
Screw the fact that we have 71 ministers, deputies and governors. SEVENTY ONE. Never mind that some (if not most) of these people have proven themselves failures over long and inglorious political careers. Never mind that anyone who agreed to this whole messy marriage was grossly misled and it will all end in tears.
Today’s Herald is talking about Permanent Secretaries being re-assigned. A couple of names jumped out at me, so I picked one at random and did a little Googling.
Dr Ray Ndhlukula has been re-assigned as Deputy Chief Secretary for Policy Co-ordination and Administration in the Office of the President …
Okay, so we have no idea what HIS job is, then. But then I looked back a few years, to when our friend was being rather … partisan.
According to the country’s Public Service Commission, anyone working for or wanting to join the civil service will be tested on their level of loyalty to the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Prospective entrants who fail the test will not be employed. Those who are already employed could be dismissed.
According to Ray Ndhlukula, Secretary of the Public Service Commission, there are too many people working in the civil service who are not committed to the ruling party and government.
This, said Mr Ndhlukula, cannot continue – hence the new stringent tests beginning next year.
Now ask yourself; does the current mish-mash gov’t require consensus on such appointments? Because I’m pretty fucking sure there would be some protest at someone so wildly … OFFSIDE being allowed to live on my tax dollars.
Oh well, I guess once you’re on that gravy train you can never get off in Our Zimbabwe. Oh wait, I forgot.
Severely disabled people may need some help disembarking.