Ministers demand hefty exit packages

Paddy Zhanda

Paddy Zhanda, chairman of the Lawmakers’ Welfare Committee

By Violet Gonda
11 February 2013

The government has said it has no money to hold the constitutional referendum or the elections and is appealing to the international community for help. Most hospital, prisons and government schools around the country are not functioning properly, while roads and social services are in great need of repair.

But Cabinet ministers are demanding hefty exit packages, including top-of-the range vehicles, houses and residential stands before the end of the coalition government in elections. The ministers say they have worked hard with a low salary for four and a half years.

But Masimba Kuchera, an economic analyst and a board member with the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, said it is surprising that the ministers who run the government and have said the state is cash strapped are now “make these astronomical demands on the fiscus.”

“I don’t think it’s morally acceptable. I don’t think it’s something that is economically sustainable and unfortunately, for most of them, is deserved anyway,” Kuchera told SW Radio Africa

MP’s are also demanding their sitting allowances of around $30,000 per person, which they say is owed to them by government. Paddy Zhanda, chairman of the Lawmakers’ Welfare Committee, said: “We are not demanding anything but only requesting what is being owed to us.”

He said it will be difficult for some of the legislators to demand their monies if they are not re-elected.

There are about 40 ministers including the President, Prime Minister and their deputies in government, while the House of Assembly, which normally sits 210 lawmakers, currently has about 190 MPs, as some were suspended or have died.

Kuchera said some of the legislators abused the Constituency Development Fund and, ‘for them to say now they want their $30,000 when they abused the taxpayers’ $50,000 is disrespectful to the taxpayers.”

He said they should be properly rewarded for the work that they are doing but that some of them are not performing well, adding: “Apart from the 5 year cycle of elections we should also have ways of rating our MPs to see if they are working well.”

Meanwhile, the Standard newspaper reports that traditional chiefs are also set to receive new cars ‘under the chiefs’ vehicle revolving fund, which has been largely dormant for the past few years’. Chiefs’ council leader, Fortune Charumbira, insisted it was nothing to do with ZANU PF buying their loyalty but that it was similar to the parliamentary vehicle loan scheme and each chief will pay back the full cost of the vehicle. He told the newspaper that 180 of the 227 chiefs countrywide were yet to receive cars.



8 Responsesto “Ministers demand hefty exit packages”

  1. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    What a load of rubbish and cowards who are too scared like cockroaches of losing an election. What are they afraid of if their administration was above board? If they lose the election, it is because of their fault and none of them should go with a penny from our national resources. If it is true, these guys are not ashamed of themselves. They should put their act together and act as nationalists who fought for the independence of this country not for them to benefit at the expense of the majority of our people. People should simply resist this daylight robbery. It is ridiculous that such a bloated cabinet and MPs want to steal from the people they are supposed to serve.

    • Anonymous says:

      I really support you because most of these people were doing nothing in their respective areas. Why are they afraid of losing their posts if they were doing their work well.

      • Mukanya says:

        Vobvadzurirana zvavo nhindi yeZimbabwe vana vaNehanda, Kaguvi naChaminuka. Vose vanoti vakairwira saka vane kodzero yekuchapfanya. VeZanu vakabvisa muchena, veMDC vakachepesa vaiti hatibviri. Mukuzvipembedza uku, vose vanokanganwa madzimai, vana, madzibaba, vakomana, vasikana, chembere neharahwa vavakatasva kuti vasvike pazvidanho zvavari. Kugona kwavo kukuma mutauro waQueen nekubhururuka nendege vachienda kumisangano isingagumi, isina pundutso. Havo vana vaNehanda, Kaguvi naChaminuka vosakadza zvavakasiirwa nemadzitateguru. Ko ivo vachasiirawo vana nevazukuru chii zvovodai kubvadzura bvadzura? Morgen waiti Robert ndiye munyangadzi mukuru, ndokutora makano kumurwisa. Havo vabatana maoko muna 2009, vanyorerana zvibvumirano nerurimi rwaQueen rwusingazivikanwi neharahwa nechembere dzekwaGutu. Chirega uone zvoitika. Kudyidzana kwevaimbove mhandu. Bata neuko ndibate nekuno, remangwana redu harizivikanwi. Zanu kana MDC, musiyano ndiwo mumwechete. Vose vakafanana. Munyika ine vanhu vanorara nenzara mune vanorasa chikafu. Munyika ine vana vanoshaya chikoro, mune vamwe vana vanofunda kunze kwenyika vachityaira mizvambarara yemotokari munyika dzavagere. Munyika ine makomba emigwagwa, mune vane mari yekugadzira migwagwa inoenda kudzimba dzavo. Munyika ine vanhu vanoitira tsvina mumabhaketi vachiirasira muna mukuvisi nekushaya mvura, mune vanhu vane dzimba dzekuti kamuri rega rega rine chimbuzi charo. Ndiyo Zimbabwe yaMorgen naRobert. Ivo vega nevatevedzeri vavo ndivo vakairwira. Vachadya ivo nemhuri dzavo kusvikira pasisina cheruzhinji. Musavatsoropodze nekuti ndivo vega vakairwira Zimbabwe.

    • wilbert_mukori says:

      Politicians from both sides are after these moneys. When it comes to more money in their pockects these politicians are united, more united than you can ever imagine!

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        I have made my position clear Wilbert. We should never entertain such rubbish and nowhere in the world is this practice undertaken. When a politician loses his parliamentary position and is not gainfully employed, the logical thing to do is to go back to the village and look after his goats and cattle. After all they have all the farms and estates they got after a successful resettlement programme. What else do these guys want? I can not defend this nonsense, Wilbert as it will be highly irresponsible on my part to do so. I can only defend what is defensible. This is ‘nuts’ if it is true

        • wilbert_mukori says:

          There is the small matter of those who beat, rape and even murder to “win” elections. What shall we do with them?

  2. super mondo says:

    do zanu ministers need help.they have stolen more than they need.

  3. wilbert_mukori says:

    What these Ministers and MPs have to accept is that if we added what they have received already in basic salary plus the allowances, benefits, etc. then they will find they have done a lot better than everyone else. These people were paid US$ 100 per day for the constitution outreach programs at a time civil servants were paid US$ 200 per month!

    There is no doubt in any thinking Zimbabwean’s including these Ministers themselves that holding public office is viewed as a way of getting very rich and living it up at the public’s expense. No wonder all these politicians are so desperate to be elected, so desperate some will kill for it.

    The lack of meaningful democratic competition in which the aspiring candidates are forced to say what they stand for has only helped the murderous thugs to have a long term career in politics. Kenya’s aspiring presidential candidate had their televised debate. We need a free media and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, desperately!

    Zimbabwe is poor, desperately poor and these public officials must not expect a desperately poor country to pay these British Premier Football player salaries. Isn’t ironic that it is thanks to the incompetency and/or corruption of these same politicians that the country is not only in this mess but stuck there!

    The salaries of politicians must be tied to that of senior civil servants; for example a Minister must not earn more than twice what a Supreme Court Judge earns who must not be paid more than five times that paid to a newly appointed teacher. Maybe then we may start attracting people who want to serve the nation more than they want the nation to serve them!

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