Mnangagwa appoints more bureaucrats to his office despite vow to cut wage bill

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By Staff Reporter

THE government’s austerity measures and vaunted plans to cut the public service wage bill is not stopping President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointing more senior bureaucrats to his office.

The presidency revealed Friday that carrier diplomat Nicholas Kitikiti has been appointed Deputy Chief Secretary for Policy Analysis, Development Planning and Coordination in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Also added to the staff complement is Jacob Charles Wekwete who becomes head of the e-Government Unit in the presidency.

In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda said both appointments were with immediate effect and done in terms of the Constitution.

Kitikiti was described as an Economist with a wealth of experience in Macro-economic analysis, policy, development and implementation management.

He has also served in the government in Trade, Mining, Energy and Foreign Affairs.

The statement further states that Kitikiti also worked and represented Zimbabwe at multilateral institutions including UNCTAD, SADC, COMESA, ECOSOC and UNDP.

Meanwhile, Sibanda said Wekwete brings a wealth of training, technical competence and practical experience in Information Communications Technology (ICT).

Wekwete was said to hold qualifications in ICT and business administration and has served in the Ministry of Defence and the office of the President and Cabinet as well as in various private sector institutions.