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Biti lambasts parallel government structures

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Finance minister Tendai Biti has accused Zanu PF of running parallel structures, a development he says has left him a spectator in the unity government.

Biti, who has postponed his 2012 National Budget presentation twice over the last few days due to persistent clashes in the coalition arrangemnt, said government had spent money on various activities without his knowledge.

He singled out money spent on the Presidential Scholarship scheme and the recent importation of maize, which he said was released without his consent.

“There is a parallel government being run,” Biti told an MDC-T rally in Chitungwiza on Sunday.
“There was $27 million to buy maize, I am the Finance minister, but I am in the dark.

“Many people are benefiting from the Presidential Scholarship and I hear vehicles have been bought, but I don’t know anything about that. We are struggling to pay civil servants and can we have diamond money to pay 75 000 ghost workers? We have a situation where someone born in 1982 and his contract of employment reflects 1952,” he said.

Biti’s comments were another indication of the problems dogging the inclusive government formed in 2009 between the MDC formations and Zanu PF.

Besides Biti, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone have also complained about parallel government structures allegedly manned by Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai has since reportedly handed President Mugabe a list of Zanu PF ministers who boycott his Council of Ministers’ meetings.

Makone said she had given up on senior police officers who were refusing to recognise her authority.
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