Zimbabwe: President Launches E-Government


President Mugabe yesterday launched Zimbabwe's e-government programme and handed over laptops and printers to Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputies Thokozani Khupe and Arthur Mutambara at the close of a Cabinet meeting at Munhumutapa Building.

Cabinet ministers also received their laptops and printers as part of the State's commitment to revolutionise its operations.

President Mugabe said Government was implementing the results-based management programme to improve public service delivery.

"One of the major thrusts of that programme is e-government, which focuses on modernising Government systems and processes through the use of information and communication technologies.

"It is in light of this that today, each one of you will receive a laptop and printer.
"This is to mark the launch of this programme, which is co-ordinated by my office in close liaison with the Ministry of Information Communication Technology," he said.
President Mugabe said the programme would enhance Government's ability to provide services to its citizens and stakeholders "in an efficient and effective way".

"Through implementation of the programme, Government will be able to provide online services conveniently through the use of ICTs, bring Government services closer to the people, improve communication between Government and citizens, reduce Government operating expenses and be more transparent and accountable in the manner we provide services," he said.

Cde Mugabe had the ministers in stitches when he described Minister Nelson Chamisa who initiated the programme as "young and supersonic Cde Chamisa".

"My sincere thanks to Cde Chamisa. It was his own creative thinking. It was not induced or recommended by anybody," he said.

Deputy ministers, public service commissioners, health services board members and all heads of ministries, including principal directors will get the laptops and printers.
"Our hope is that the exercise will cover all senior officials in Government. This will mark the retooling programme for Government," he said.

Minister Chamisa said the project was aimed at facilitating the processing of Government business online.

He said in the near future citizens would be able to apply for birth certificates, passports and access Government services online.

He said information kiosks would be re-established and where they exist be revamped.
He said rural folks would be able to access the Internet just like their urban counterparts.