By Chigwede Waruma
Harare – Following public outcry over a government gazette , General Notice 635 of 2023, published yesterday placing the procurement of certain goods and services outside public scrutiny, Cabinet Chief Secretary Misheck Sibanda has said the gazzatte “a nullity” for it was published without his authorisation.
In a statement Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said: “His Exellency the President, Dr ED Mnangagwa, has been made aware of some document gazetted as General Notice 635 of 2023, purporting to place the procurement of certain goods outside public scrutiny, on
grounds of “national interest”. Upon further investigations, it has come to light that the so-called Govenment Gazetted was published without authorisation, and without the signature of the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, as is the norm.”
Sibanda further said that government will investigate the source of the press statement.
“While further investigations are underway, Government wishes to advise the public that, on the instruction of His Excellency the President, the document in question has been rescinded as it has no standing at law, in policy and in terms of set Government procedures”– Misheck Sibanda
There was public outcry yesterday after the controversial gazette was made public.