President Robert Mugabe  NOT for the first time, President Robert Mugabe made a major policy pronouncement from the podium during his rally in Chinhoyi last Saturday. Mugabe ordered the reinstatement of thousands of youth officers officially laid off last year by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) from the employ of the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment. We say officially laid off because the ministry kept them on its payroll, drawing close to $10 million in salaries last year alone, despite the directive from the CSC that they be terminated. At the time of the CSC’s July 2016 directive, the youth ministry employed 6 271 workers — most of them youth officers — which the…