Political will key to achieving set targets: Chief Mathuphula

Parliamentarians have been urged to play a vital role in evaluating and monitoring various government projects to ensure there is progress in reaching national targets.

Briefing senators in Parliament on a recent conference held in Cote d’Ivoire, Wednesday, Chief Mathuphula told members of the August house that for Zimbabwe to attain vision 2030 of middle-income economy there is need for constant monitoring and evaluation of set goals.

The Chief said for these goals to be attained, the government needs to have a strong political will to capacitate those who are in charge of the process to properly execute their duties.

He said some of the goals set to reach vision 2030 are the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The responsibility to attain this comes with a great burden upon Parliamentarians and government departments for they have a great work to do in monitoring and evaluation. Capacity building is therefore needed so they can fully understand the vision set up by the government,” said Chief Mathuphula.

“This will enable them to rope in members of society, including the youth, women in Parliament and leadership and everyone else to work towards achieving set targets.”

He said some of the targets which have been set have been categorised and given time frames thereby making it easier to monitor and evaluate progress and make room for improvement.

“The TSP, for example, which was set by the minister of finance, was divided into phases for effective evaluation. The first phase is running from October, 2018 to October, 2020,” he said.

“The second phase runs from 2020 to 2025, and the last from 2025 to 2030. These structures are there to enable us to measure our performance against our intended goals. The goals set are clear and need everyone to work together to realise our intended target,” said Chief Mathuphula.

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