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Joy for civil servants who participated in elections
August 30, 2013
who participated in the
2013 local authority elections will provisionally remain Government
employees while the Civil Service Commission is working on the realignment
of the public service law with the new Constitution.
In a statement
yesterday, CSC secretary Mrs Pretty Sunguro said the commission
was in the process of realigning the Public Service Act and the
Public Service Regulations with the new Constitution, giving a reprieve
to civil servants who contested for public office in the 31 July
The civil servants
are likely to know their fate after the completion of the exercise.
“Be advised that in terms of the Sixth Schedule Part 2, section
3 (2) the Constitution of Zimbabwe came into effect on August 22,
2013, the day his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
assumed office,” said Mrs Sunguro. “The Civil Service
Commission which came into effect on 22 August, 2013 is working
towards aligning the Public Service Act and the Public Service Regulations
with the new Constitution Amendment (no 20) Act 2013.
interim, members of the civil service who participated in the 2013
harmonised elections in local authorities remain members of the
civil service.” Mrs Sunguro said the provisions of the Public
Service Act Chapter 26: 04, section 23 would remain in force, giving
the civil servants the right to remain Government employees, at
least for now.
The CSC, then
PSC, last month gave civil servants keen on contesting for public
office in the harmonised elections the green-light to do so and
set aside a provision for them to re-apply for their jobs in the
event that they lose in the polls.
had told the workers that they would lose their posts if they contested
in the polls as they would be considered retired or resigned from
This did not
go down well with some civil servant bodies, who argued that there
should be a guarantee for them to retain their jobs after the elections.
This forced Government to give them the chance to re-apply.
election in local authority were given an allowance of 30 days to
which they could re-apply for re-instatement in the event they abandoned
their candidature or lost the elections.
election into Parliament had 90 days within which they could re-apply
to rejoin the public service. Many civil servants contested in the
local authorities and National Assembly elections and a significant
number of them made it.
the MDC-T in local authority elections, sweeping 1 493 out of 1
951 wards that were at stake. The MDC-T got 442 wards, while MDC
got 14 wards. Dr Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu got one ward.
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