Treasury gives legislators US$9 million present

Tendai Biti

Finance Minister Tendai Biti said: “We wrote off the US$30,000 loan for the motor vehicles…”

Staff Writer
30th November 2012

State media reported Friday that the Treasury had ‘written off’ the US$9 million it had given to parliamentarians under a 2009 loan scheme to buy cars. 300 legislators received US$30,000 each but appeared to have made no attempt to pay the loans back.

The MP’s said that until they were given their outstanding ‘sitting’ allowances they could not pay off the loans.

Responding to a parliamentary query this week about the sitting allowances, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said: “We wrote off the US$30,000 loan for the motor vehicles even though the law says you must pay (back). Last year we gave you that bonus, which I shall not mention, otherwise it will be written in the papers.”

He was referring to the fact that in December last year the Treasury deposited US$15,000 into each of their accounts.

The parliamentarians’ welfare committee chairperson, ZANU PF’s Paddy Zhanda said: “There was no such thing as car loans because this was in exchange of what they owed us. We are owed more than what we have been given. Besides, why should we buy vehicles on behalf of Government for Government business, yet ministers have bought themselves several cars, including ministry vehicles?”

He said it was irrelevant that before the unity government legislators repaid car loans under the revolving fund.

In most countries, what is happening here is referred to as the gravy train.



10 Responsesto “Treasury gives legislators US$9 million present”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    I would like to be an MP in the next Parliament of Zimbabwe. It is now lucrative to say the least, far more lucrative than working in the private sector. Why not when Zimbabwe is the only country in the civilized world that buys cars for its Members of Parliament. While the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France and Japan to mention just a few countries that are far richer and wealthier than Zimbabwe let their Members of Parliament use own resources to buy cars, is it not foolhardy stupidity for Minister Biti to allow this nonsense? Oh Gosh, no no Aah, he would stop it because he benefited too. What a corrupt Cabinet minister from the MDC camp!!!!

    • wilbert_mukori says:

      Now we know why these MPs are fighting like wild cats to retain their seats, some – no names now – will even intimidate, beat, rape and even murder to retain power!

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    I would like to be an MP in the next Parliament of Zimbabwe. It is now lucrative to say the least, far more lucrative than working in the private sector. Why not when Zimbabwe is the only country in the civilized world that buys cars for its Members of Parliament. While the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France and Japan to mention just a few countries that are far richer and wealthier than Zimbabwe let their Members of Parliament use own resources to buy cars, is it not foolhardy stupidity for Minister Biti to allow this nonsense? Oh Gosh, no no Aah, he wouldn’t stop it because he benefited too. What a corrupt Cabinet minister from the MDC camp!!!!

  3. wilbert_mukori says:

    So in 2009 all the MPs got a US$ 30 000 car loan – which they never paid
    back. Last year each MP got a US$ 15 000 bonus; when the best paid civil
    servants, better qualified than most MPs, are not paid that much in a year. Add
    to all that the lion share of the US$ 80 million wasted in the drafting of Copac
    constitution paid in allowance to MPs plus God knows what else. The MPs are
    back demanding to be paid their “sitting allowances. Welcome to Zimbabwe’s
    gravy train!

    Is it an wonder that people are fighting like wildcats to hold public office; they are breaking all the democratic rules in their respective party primary selection processes and some (no names are necessary – zvinemuto ndozvineyi) will intimidate, beat, rape and even murder just to be on the gravy train.

    MPs are referred to as “The Right Honourable MP so and so” because they
    are supposed to be in parliament serving the nation and everything they do is
    supposed to be nothing but honourable. There is certainly nothing honourable
    about our political leaders whose greed knows no bounds and instead of getting
    the nation out of the political and economic hell-hole they are dragging the
    nation even deeper down the hole.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Nobody can say it better than you Wilbert. For the first time, we agree on this crucial matter, And Dumbu has summed it all that these bastards should call it quits and we have new faces to represent the people of Zimbabwe. This brings us to the question of the forthcoming elections for people to be wary over who they select as their representative in Parliament. All these f…..g bastards should be be shown the window or is it the door to get out of the gravy train. But they should not forget to vote for Chimbwido Warvet to be their next representative in Parliament. This is the only logical and rational way mate.

      • wilbert_mukori says:

        Do you really want “the people to be wary over who they select as their representative”? Well then why has Mugabe and Zanu PF failed to run free and fair elections in the past. And more to the point, why not make sure the coming elections are FREE AND FAIR! You hypocrite, you love speeking with a forked tongue!

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          You have to ask Mugabe and ZANU PF that question mate. I do not represent Mugabe or ZANU PF as I am libertarian. I only speak mind, mate. You should therefore not be confused that I am either Tafataona Mahoso, Jonathan Moyo or Rugare Gumbo who are known as mouthpiece for the ruling party. Of course, if I am asked to be one, I will not refuse the offer.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! You see now, these Mps were campaigning for their posts saying they wanted to represent the people without being given anything, now they have the posts, they are forgetting the way they got these positions. All sitting MPs should be shuffled out and new faces to get in so that they have their chance to have government money. All these MPs came out campaigning
    for these posts in sheep `s skins not knowing that they are all wolves coming out to destroy Zimbabwe economy. Once bitten twice shine.

  5. warvets are ponses says:

    they should be paid on performance,and go hungry

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Hello Superdope. You don’t need to chande your name like a prostitute, mate. Die using your name people have come to know you, iniiit mate?