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So, The Finance Minister Didn’t Appoint A Communications Taskforce After all…

Acie Lumumba

It seems the Communication Task Force set up by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has already been laid to rest. In fact, if you believe what the Ministry of Information says then the Communication Task Force never truly was.

The Ministry of Information’s official Twitter account took to the realm of social media to denounce the task force and they made it clear that this team was yet to become operational. The tweet read:

Minister of Finance, Hon @MthuliNcube would like to inform the public that he doesn’t have a spokesperson outside institutions of govt. Regarding the “Communications Taskforce”, he is yet to operationalise it as he is dealing with requirements of PRAZ & Civil Service Commission

One interesting reply was from openparly who asked why papers signed by the Finance Minister himself pointed to this appointment yet the Ministry of Information was not acknowledging the appointment.

The Ministry of Information acknowledged these documents but played them down as a mistake:

Mistakes were made but advice from govt lawyers indicate there are legal housekeeping issues regarding the Procurement Act Cap 22:14 which need to be regularised and the Ministry of Finance is dealing with that

Does this come entirely as a shock? Not really. Lumumba himself tweeted that he was at risk of losing his job on the night he made revelations that led to the suspension of 4 officials at the RBZ:

If anything this looks like something that may have been carefully planned but why resort to these weird and controversial measures when there are bodies such as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Committee waiting to do their job?

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One thought on “So, The Finance Minister Didn’t Appoint A Communications Taskforce After all…

  1. My comment is merely to point out that one does not use Hon or The Hon nor does one combine this with other honorifics like Prof. as salutation or signature in a letter. These are used by others to refer to the office holder, not by the office holder him/herself. This, I read from “Honor & Respect” by Robert Hickey.
    When officials “promise” to arrest suspects something is afoot. When officials avoid existing structures for resolving, especially, what has been described as an issue of “national security” the public expects proper procedure to be followed, unless this is now a cabaret (there’s been others before!!)

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