ZANU PF priorities on show as Mugabe’s office allocated over $200 million

Masimba Kuchera

Masimba Kuchera

By Alex Bell
SW Radio Africa
17 January 2014

ZANU PF’s priorities have been reflected in the national budget allocations, with over $200 million being set aside for Robert Mugabe’s office.

According to a Government Gazette outlining the budget allocations by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, the Office of the President was allocated $206 million, which is 5,6% of the total US$3.6 billion budget allocation.

This is about six times what Mugabe’s office was allocated by former Finance Minister Tendai Biti in the 2013 budget, who only allocated $36.3 million.

Departments that fall under the Office of the President include the offices of the vice-presidents, ministers of state and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

The allocation has come as a surprise to many, with significant budget cuts being
felt across most Zim government ministries. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce for example has only been allocated $7.4 million, which Minister Mike Bimha has said will only pay for the day to day running of his ministry and nothing else.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs secretary Virginia Mabhiza told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs this week that the Ministry had requested $279 million but was allocated only $108 million.

At the same time, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) have not featured in the budget allocations at all.

Economic analyst Masimba Kuchera told SW Radio Africa that the budget allocations are “a clear reflection of this government’s priorities and how the government intends to run things.”

“It is a reflection on how the government intends to pamper the President’s office. It could also be a sign that he (Mugabe) will be engaged in more foreign travel, and this budget means he won’t be restricted,” Kuchera said.

He added: “The allocations are out of line with what people had expected and hoped. Some of that money could be better used in other areas, like education or health or social services.”

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47 Responsesto “ZANU PF priorities on show as Mugabe’s office allocated over $200 million”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Of course, the ruling political party allocates money according to how they view the situation in the country. It does not have to seek the views of the other hopeless political parties that did not make it during the last elections. It commands a two third majority in Parliament. That is why it is called the ruling political party in Zimbabwe.
    Its actions in deciding which ministry gets ”what the financial resources” is called prioritising in English. I am sure, it will not apologize to anyone for the choices it made in allocating the scarce financial resources of the country to the Presidents Office. It is the norm that is recognised all over the world.

    • Yepec says:

      What is it that Robert Mugabe could not do for the country or people from his office but that he needs a budget of $200 million dollars when the government is broke? Is it needed for his flying to the Far East, AU or United Nations for his pleasure rides?

      No wonder why you fake, Chimbwido Warvet still lives in the past and call friends those who are abusers of Human Rights or regimes that are authoritarian to their citizens. For once, stop praise singing and offer practical solutions that could be instrumental gettng the country going again.

    • dumbu says:

      THE ALLOCATION OF PEOPLE`S MONEY IS A SHOW THAT MUGABE IS ALREADY DEAD . HE NEVER TAKE THE PEOPLE OF Zimbabwe IN MIND .

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Sekuru madya sadza here nemajuru kana kuti matsatsa embeva akaiswa dovi kana nemuriwo weEnglish Giant Rape usinamafuta enzungu. Kutaura kwenyu ndekwemunhu anenzara sekuru. Maida kuti ZANU PF ikubvunzei kuti yopamarii kuna President wenyika here sekuru? Sekuru muridodi rekatsi kana rechidembo. Ndirikuuya kumusha ikoko kuzotonga zvakare, hapana chamunowana kana ndikapiwa chigararo sekuru. Munosura chete mese musingaone chokwadi. Matakanana ose achapera pandinouya kuzotonga zvakare. Muchamama sekuru.

        • dumbu says:

          Chokwadi muzukuru kutaura kwangu ndekwe munhu ane nzara iyo takapihwa nerudhara rwenyu urwo rwuri panhovo yerufu izvozvi. Vanhu vari kuyaura nenhamo ivo vachiita hupfumi yenyika yedu hwokubvukuta.Huya kumusha kana uri mudondo imomo uzoona zvakaitwa nyika , kana uchigona kutonga bva toona.Chii chatingawana kubva kwauri neZANU(PF) kunze kwenhamo chete ? Haufi wakatonga Zimbabwe iwe imbwa yemunhu. Ndoda kana uri weZANU(PF) nyarara zvichapfuura izvo,

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Sekuru musadaro kutukirira muzukuru wenyu. Ini kana ndauya ndinokupaiwo chigaro chehutongi sekuru. Handingarege sekuru vangu vachifamba nebutsu yakabenda sekuru, kweteba. Ndanzwa nhamu yenyu sekuru, ndinokubatsirai sekuru. Musandituke futi sekuru. Mokura moita sekuru kwavo.

        • dumbu says:

          Uri mbutu yemunhu.

        • dumbu says:

          URI MBUTU YEMUNHU IWE.

    • Larry King says:

      Come on you black Englishman what crap are you talking. If you are suggesting Mugabe and his band of thieves have their priorities you bet they do. All they doing is milking Zimbabweans of their very basic needs and instead shoving $200 million on a useless Mugabe. You bet this is the norm only in Africa and banana republics which Mugabe has turned Zimbabwe into within a very short period of 33 years.

      Zimbabweans are in the dark on how this massive allocation has any fairness even though its their taxed dollars. We Zimbabweans have a right to know how Mugabe throws this money around all we know is that he is more often than ever out of the country doing his own personal things. This costs money. Do we know how much he and his entourage notch up expensive travel costs including hotels and allowances. Mugabe behaves as though Zimbabwe can afford to keep him in 5 star hotels paying the top of the range prices. He does this and yet millions of Zimbabweans are literally starving. Mugabe is f@cked up his brain and his body is all shriveled and about to pack up.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        I can not deny you the right to know but you have known that 200 million dollars have been allocated to his department. What is your problem then? Are you suggesting he is not entitled to the 200 million dollars and if so how much should his department get? Please, let me know at the earliest possible opportunity for the Warvet to convey your misgivings to the responsible authorities before the President’s Office utilises the funds. I am sure if you act proactively, we can stop this sitting President from using the taxpayers’s funds. We can then set a precedent that will be followed by the future presidents of this great nation.

        • Larry King says:

          Are you being foolish just for the heck of it. Why should it be just my problem, this is a national matter involving 13 million Zimbabweans. The fact that a large percentage of the allocations have gone to Mugabe is scandalous. This is going to be used on himself to protect him and make life cushy for him and his family.

          Why should I you know so that you pass this on, to whom? the President’s Office, the CIO?. Do you think I am naive? All I know based on your unequivocal defense of Mugabe and all the corruption he has engaged himself and his chefs in you are one of them. A spy for Zanu PF. I bet part of this $200 is used for the notorious CIO, on whose payroll you sit on and sit very comfortably on.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Just give me a figure or your learned and intelligent estimate of how much the President’s office should be allocated and then I will pass on the details before the funds are put to use. That is all that I am asking from you. I do not think you are naive at all. I am sure you are a Zimbabwean at heart and you have every right to express your opinion. Let us get the ball rolling mate

    • wilbert says:

      One does not need to belong to a political party to see that the tyrant has everything upside down and inside out! The national economy is as good as dead and Mugabe is spending the national budget in beefing up the CIO!

  2. wilbert says:

    “It is a reflection on how the government intends to pamper the President’s office. It could also be a sign that he (Mugabe) will be engaged in more foreign travel, and this budget means he won’t be restricted,” Mashimba Kuchera said.

    I agree that this Zanu PF government intends to pamper Mugabe; after all if he had not masterminded the vote rigging most of the Zanu PF MPs and public officials would not be on the gravy train. However the main reason why this regime is spending so much on the CIO, Police and Army – the three are getting 25% of the budget allocation, it is a lot more in terms of paid allocation – is because Zanu PF is turning the country into Police State akin to that of North Korea!

    • The Black Aristocrat says:

      Typical – Mugabe’s allocates $206m from the budget for his own offices expenditure, and just $15m for the education of nearly 1,000,000 Zimbabwean primary children !

      You could not make this up !

      In any democracy, such action would result in Mugabe’s immediate removal from office – but Zimbabwe is a military dictatorship!

      If that was not bad enough, as a result of Mugabe’s disastrous economic policies during the last 34 years, he has take the country from the second richest in Africa to the second poorest of all 52 African nations.

      Zimbabweans now suffer the highest unemployment in the world, the lowest life expectancy, and have had to live through the complete collapse of their health and education systems and road transport infrastructure, and the indignity and humiliation of seeing their national currency used as toilet paper, because it was cheaper to use billion Zimbabwe dollar notes to wipe their backsides than pay for the real thing !

      The Zanu PF criminal billionaires that are masquerading as government ministers of what is now the second poorest country in the world in GDP per capita terms as a result of their looting, appalling mis-governance, and disastrous economic mismanagement are in a league of their own when it coming to thieving on a industrial scale, with daylight second.

      Also, why is it that dirt poor starving Zimbabweans still have to pay expensive medical bills and their hospitals don’t even have drinking water, and yet the ZANU PF crooks sinisterly dish out millions of taxpayers hard earned cash to that clueless ghetto-rat Julius Malema, in a futile attempt to undermine a democratically elected sovereign government?

      Answers on a postcard to Robert Mugabe c/o The Grange, the most expensive private hospital in Singapore – paid for from hard working Zimbabweans taxes under Zanu PF’s Apartheid Health System – private hospitals and medical treatment abroad for the Zanu PF elite, and a broken, cash and drug starved disaster of a health system at home for their downtrodden masters the Zimbabwean people!

      Who says crime don’t pay !

      • wilbert says:

        I agree with everything you said. You clearly understand the problem and the mess that we are in. What is the way out?

        • The Black Aristocrat says:

          Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular has been let down by its own leadership. The history of post-independence Africa is that of a procession of murderous tyrants, despots and plunderers.

          Zanu PF strategy has been to keep the electorate mired in ignorance – swayed by loud voices, rhetoric, empty promises and handouts. It is incapable of installing a good leader. Good people do stand for election, but they never win.

          As a consequently, too many people in Zimbabwe have a victim complex, and are constantly waiting for help from elsewhere.

          History shows, that people who have advanced have always helped themselves. I would also add that there is no point in waiting for the rural poor of Zimbabwe to help themselves – they are genuinely imprisoned by this despicable regime.

          It is for the urban thinking classes to do something about the situation – they will ultimately light the way – like they did across most of Eastern Europe where they brought down the communist military dictatorships.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Well, the middle and working class of the western world are well aware of the daylight robbery by 1% elite that is milking us daily and get bailed out by the taxpayer using politicians they put in positions of influence. The middle class who is highly learned and educated will influence the working class to call for a revolution to get rid of this parasitic 1% grouping that is causing untold harm across the globe. Time will tell but get this in your greasy head that people in this part of the world are not happy for bailing out the 1% for failure after failure. We want our money back that is being stolen on a daily basis.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        The Hedge Fund Manager,
        The world economy is in the hands of only 1% of the world economy. You do not even feature in this grouping of the rich and powerful who control all facets of our lives. You probably do not own a house in the affluent area or own anything of value and yet you have the audacity to talk all this nonsense.
        For your information, it is the 1% that owns and controls the media and employs people like you to peddle this nonsense. And by the way, politicians are just but their messengers who do precisely what the 1% directs and if they deviate, they find their way in the political and economic wilderness. I am not so sure if this hedge fund manager understands this. It is too deep and philosophical.

        • The Black Aristocrat says:

          Get it right – Hedge Fund Partner/Owner if you please !

          As for the rest of your nonsense – you’ve been reading to many fictional novels.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            It is just wishful thinking. You own and control nothing in this part of the world. It is just that big mouth you have while you have absolutely no asset of value. It explains why you talk a lot of Mugabe and Chimbwido while ignoring the Wall Street and multinational corporations that control 50% of the world economy while the world population survive on only the remaining 50% the global GDP. If you can not consider the behavior of this elite grouping and concentrate your energies on Mugabe who has nothing to do with the collapse of the global economy caused by the banking crisis, then I have no desire to waste my time debating with an idiot. Remove that block clouding your eyee to see properly and help your country in resolving the debt crisis that is affecting us in this part of the world and only then, you can stand on moral high ground in attacking Chimbwido Warvet and Robert Mugabe. I am sure we will begin to believe in every word you say. Ok, Mr Hudge Fund Manager?

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        The world economy is in the hands of only 1% of the rich and powerful of the world population or put simply 1% of the population in the country you are domiciled controls over 50 percent of your country’s GDP and the rest have to scrounge on the remaining 50% of the GDP. You do not even feature in this grouping of the rich and powerful who control all facets of our lives. You probably do not own a house in the affluent area or own anything of value and yet you have the audacity to talk all this nonsense.
        For your information, it is the 1% that owns and controls the media and employs people like you to peddle this nonsense. And by the way, politicians are just but their messengers who do precisely what the 1% directs and if they deviate, they find their way in the political and economic wilderness. I am not so sure if this hedge fund manager understands this. It is too deep and philosophical.

        • The Black Aristocrat says:

          Lol!!! Let me offer you some free advice – keep taking the tablets, i’m sure they will help eventually!

  3. dumbu says:

    Chimbwido war vet mbutu yaMugabe

  4. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) says:

    The President`s office does not require to get approval from Tsvangiruza and his lot on how to govern. Policies and priorities difffer and this is why parties never agreed in the GNU on how to govern. Thanx to the voters(not NIKUV) who kicked out the sellouts from govt. If Morgan had won , can you imagine the nation having his ZIP BUDGET ? The President`s office has a number of functions some privy for security reasons given the machinations of the West and its MDCT stooges! Those who lost cannot expect their policies to be implemented by ZANUPF govt! Tongai , tongai Gushungo!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Regera madununu avotomoke. Ndirikuenda kumusha kunotonga zvakare. Vachamama chete kusvikira vaona chokwadi.

      • wilbert says:

        You left Zimbabwe because you and the family could not bear the electricity and water cuts, the collapse in the health and education sector, the runaway inflation, food shortages, etc. Zanu PF gave your a plot, your reward for all he “kicking in the teeth until they bled profusely” of innocent Zimbabweans you did in Mbare. But that was not enough to entice you to return to Zimbabwe.

        So has the party offered you 51% shares in some foreign owned company (tuck shop or something) to tempt you go? The party must think you have some diaspora dollars not knowing you are just a poor rat. The back street college did not pay you much – who cares about a stupid subject like Rhetorical Nonsense anywhere.

        Well you better be sure of what you are doing because the wife and kids will disown you rather than go back to the chaos Mugabe is presiding over. For your own information; whilst many Zanu PF big wigs and CIO will happily denounce the West in public they have all their family schooling and living in the West! Think before you buy the ticket to Zimbabwe because she will divorce so quickly your head will spin!

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Going where and from where you idiot? I am where I am and have no plans of going anywhere. I have a beautiful home here you probably do not have at that pirate radio station. And stop peddling rumours that have no basis and foundation.

          • wilbert says:

            You say above you going home to rule again. After all the hero worshipping you have been doing, I thought the CIO was offering you something better than the piece of land the size of a postage stamp compared to the many farms, so big one has to drive, the likes of Philip Chiyangwa got. You have shed innocent blood and got a stamp and Philip did nothing and he has farms, cars, houses, etc.
            Well, I should not forget that you have the hangman’s rope.

            So now you have changed your mind are staying put in a country you detest! Did the wife tell you to go F*** yourself when you talked of going back to Zimbabwe? I thought as much!

            You are like the snake Shukukuviri, at first sight people think it has two head because both ends are shaped the same and it sometime moves back and forth as if it has two heads. You sing Mugabe’s praise and yet get hot in the collar at the prospect of going back to Zimbabwe. One has only to watch Shukukuviri long enough to know which is the real head by the frequency if will blunder into objects when the tail is the front!

            It is ok Chimbwido, no one is going to deport you to your Zimbabwe you praise in public but in reality loth with all your heart and mind – especially the wife! Well me being me,

            I promise to remind her in your moment of sheer madness you wanted to go back to Zimbabwe. Yeap, I can just see her curse you and “that mother C**** Mugabe!” You will have to stop your singing of Mugabe praises from now on, at least not in her hearing!

    • wilbert says:

      I can understand why it is the official Zanu PF line not to thank Nikuv Project International for its contribution to the vote rigging. After all with hindsight it is clear that there was nothing special the Jews did; a few high school dropouts could have done that. Mugabe knows that anyone who examines the voters roll will immediately confirm what was self-evident on election-day; hence the tyrant’s stubborn refused to release the voters roll.

      If you are a murderer you will never ever release the smoking gun, the voters roll, because it will prove beyond all doubt that 1) he rigged the elections and 2) that he was conned by the Jews into pay $ 13 million for something that is completely worthless!

      Poor Mugabe and now he has instructed you and the other CIO agents to denounce Nikuv!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Are you suggesting that I am a CIO agent? Put your cards on the table. And who is Nikuv?

        • The Black Arostocrat says:

          I know educational standards have slipped dramatically in Zimbabwe over the last 34 years, but even so not been a geriatric, effeminate, narcissistic dictator like the hated and despised Mugabe would allow a lightweight pseudo intellectual muppet like you anywhere near his ‘intelligence’ services !! Lol!!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I suggest that you deal with the European debt crisis. That should be your preoccupation as of now than having to worry about a tiny country as you say that is thousands of miles away from you when there is a serious debt crisis in your backyard.This economic meltdown was not caused by Chimbwido Warvet or Robert Mugabe but by the Wall Street bankers and corporations that have caused untold harm across the globe and continue to be bailed out by us the taxpayers. We are all suffering the effects of this daylight robbery caused by the only 1% of the population in the western world you do not talk about. Mugabe is only a tiny fish in the grand skim of things whose action only affects his country but we have the 1% at Wall Street that has caused and not the global harm of gigantic proportion to the world economy you do not talk about.
            Until such time that we hear you attacking the Wall Street bankers and corporations that are milking us dry everyday of our existence but continue to be bailed out by us the taxpayers, you have no moral right to attack Mugabe and his associates. Remove that block that is making you so frivolous and emotional charged for no genuine reasons. Talk sense, the truth and the world will lend you their ear. As it is, they are just listening to an idiot full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. The bottom line is for you to attack your government’s bailout of banks that and corporations that fail at the taxpayers’ expense because there is no business that is too big to fail. One think that is clear is that your government is getting instructions from their bosses sitting at the Wall Street who have enormous powers to order around the politicians who are largely their messengers. If you attack these diabolic practices by the rich and powerful at Wall Street, you can then have the moral high ground of attacking Mugabe and his associates. The entire world that is suffering from the effects of global economic crisis that has been caused by the Wall Street bankers and its corporations, then we can believe you.

          • wilbert says:

            And Zimbabwe has no debt to worry about?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Of course, Zimbabwe has a debt that is attributed to the daylight robbery by the Wall Street bankers and multinational corporations that control the world economy. Only China, Brazil and India have reserves on their balance of payment. The United States is borrowing heavily to finance its military adventures abroad while the European Union has crippling debts it is unable to service.

          • wilbert says:

            And no doubt Zimbabwe played no role what so ever in its own mountain of debt!
            By the way has the wife settled down after your stupid suggestion that you will go back to Zimbabwe?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I told you a long time ago that you can not make meaningful arguments with the Warvet. You are really a joke man. You are severely crippled to make sound arguments. I would rather have fruitful conversation with my wife and children right now.
            I am aware you have a wife but no children. What has gone wrong? And what is the point of wasting her time when I am aware she loves children?

          • wilbert says:

            Fruitful conversation with the wife and children as long as you do not say anything about going back to Zimbabwe. She told you last time and will say it again “Go F**** yourself!” You will have to continue singing a hypocritical tunes praising Mugabe from UK and not Zimbabwe.

            I will see to it that you go back, whether your wife likes it or not, to answer changes against you of all those you “kicked in the teeth until they bled profusely”. There is a hangman’s rope with your name on it!

          • wilbert says:

            Fruitful conversation with the wife and children as long as you do not say anything about going back to Zimbabwe. She told you last time and will say it again “Go F**** yourself!” You will have to continue singing a hypocritical tunes praising Mugabe from UK and not Zimbabwe.

            I will see to it that you go back, whether your wife likes it or not, to answer changes against you of all those you “kicked in the teeth until they bled profusely”. There is a hangman’s rope with your name on it!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I told you a long time ago that you can not make meaningful arguments with the Warvet. You are really a joke man. You are severely crippled to make sound arguments. I would rather have fruitful conversation with my wife and children right now.
            I am aware you have a wife but no children. What has gone wrong? And what is the point of wasting her time when I am aware she loves children?

          • wilbert says:

            And no doubt Zimbabwe played no role what so ever in its own mountain of debt!
            By the way has the wife settled down after your stupid suggestion that you will go back to Zimbabwe?

  5. Rufaro Ndlovu says:

    I think our President should get all the money. We don’t need ‘ministries of this and ministries of that’, Does the Ministry of Agriculture feed us? Does the Ministry of Industry and Commerce stop factories and businesses closing? Does the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs stop corruption? The answers are NO,NO, NO. Much better to give our President everything, so he can live abroad permanently and receive all the medical attention he needs.

    • Common Sense says:

      Did you leave school just after kindergarten and read comics for a living? It seems so

      • Rufaro Ndlovu says:

        For your information ‘Common Sense’ I grew up in the rural areas where there were no schools – or comics. I taught myself to read and write, and to add, subtract and divide. Where were you at school – Eton or Harrow?

      • Rufaro Ndlovu says:

        For your information ‘Common Sense’ I grew up in the rural areas where there were no schools – or comics. I taught myself to read and write, and to add, subtract and divide. Where were you at school – Eton or Harrow?

  6. Common Sense says:

    $200 million is there just to keep the illegitimate presidency and government in power… if he was popularly elected (without force, coercion and cheating) then he wouldn’t need such a bloated CIO to protect him…

    We need national security to protect the people against Mugabe and ZANU-PF, the ‘outsiders’ are not the problem

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