Mega-earning chefs in trouble

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MEDIA, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday said “corrupt salaries” paid to heads of parastatals in the country needed to be dealt with if Zimbabwe’s new economic strategy is to succeed.

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
SENIOR REPORTER

Speaking during a public lecture at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare, Moyo said reports that there were public officials earning as much as $230 000 per month were disturbing.

“We have false, corrupt salaries that pose a serious challenge in the public sector where some people are earning as much as $230 000 in monthly salaries.

People in business don’t make that much profit in a month. I’ve also heard of people earning $27 000 in parastatals. These salaries can’t be appropriate for a new economy,” he said.

Moyo’s remarks came in the wake of reports that Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) top managers are gobbling at least $1,1 million in basic monthly salaries at a time the State enterprise was reeling under a $38 million debt.

PSMAS chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube was reportedly earning $230 000 per month with all top managers earning $60 000 each and middle managers getting between $15 000 and $30 000 per month. Moyo last year suspended Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer Happison Muchechetere to pave way for investigations after disclosures that he was earning over $40 000 in salary and allowances per month while employees had gone for over six months without pay.

The minister said such practices were an abuse of public funds and the government was committed to addressing such anomalies. “We have got to deal with those issues. These salaries are coming from fees and subscriptions paid by the public. We are committed to dealing with those things. There is no reason why public officials should demand those things (perks),” Moyo said.

“We have got to see the new thinking and the politics that inform the new economy, that is not being afraid of doing and saying the right things.”
He said the time for “politics of slogans” had disappeared with the old economy and what the country needed now was “informed debate”.

Moyo said the multicurrency regime had presented serious challenges in that it was making it difficult to forge ahead with the new economy because of serious distortions.

“Even a newspaper here costs $1. There is nothing of value that you can get for less than $1 and that means within this system we need a strategic review. There is the problem of false-pricing. We still have the psychology of a pricing model based on the Zimbabwe dollar during the hyperinflationary era,” he said. “We don’t need price controls, but a strategy to control false pricing.”

55 COMMENTS

    • Rubbish.
      Do you know the gvt has resolved this issue by agreeing to increase civil servants subs by 300%.
      Meaning anyone who was paying a sub of $7.5 is now paying $20 per person.
      We are in for a shock.

  1. These salaries are rather grotesque. How can a CEO of a public entity be earning more than a CEO of Private Sector here locally in the Europe, States, Canada etc no CEO earns that much this should be an annual salary based on performance.

    People should allowed to boycott against PSMAS. The way i view is that this tantamount to voluntary manslaughter when PSMAS subscribers are denied of the “premium” service by private/hospitals clinics because CEO of a health company fails to service medical debts because PSMAS has acquired a reputation of defaulting payments and people are told we don’t accept PSMAS when its their RIGHT to get the best of service.

    How many of (i) Clinics (ii) Laboratories (iii) Hospitals ; have they built that they call their owner?

    The way i see it its a numbers game for these fellows and that same person wants to lecture me about corporate governance.

    My advice to Prof Jojo is let these CEO’s open consultancy firms and they are hired as consultancy with an objective of turning around a firm if they managed to do accomplish their goals and objectives that money is payed to their firm and if they fail to meet those objectives with certain time frames kick them out.

    We don’t want to award such money to CEO’s like Happison, Dube who phat and poke their noses in a meeting.

    • That’s so true, some of these salaries are not heard of in the first world yet the economies can sustain them what more in our ailing economy. Even if they were approved but these should be treated as criminal activities. How many clinics can we build and equip with $230k?.Ho wmany Nurses can we employe to staff those clinics with $230?. Surely Zim is full of learned people who should see that this is wrong. Then we go around blaming sanctions my foot!

  2. ..The next President of Zim will be someone who deals with corrupt officials decisively, everything else being equal!!! If i was a politician i would use “NO TO CORRUPTION!!” as my motto for the next election campaigns

  3. This is typical of rotting party. They use you and dump you when you are spent. IT is public knowledge all those appointed to these institutions are zany party stalwarts.You cannot be CEO of these entities without going through these monsters rigorous scrutny. The chickens are coming home to roost.Huku yodya mazai ayo. Nguruve yozvikanga nemafuta ayo. We the people are now enjoying the circus.We will be picking up the pieces very soon.

  4. You reap what you sow. If Tendai Biti had said this while still minister, Jonathan Moyo would have been the first to say “what a liar”!!. The good thing is that in life, there comes a time when lies cease to make any meaning. Pedzeranai isu tava kumboita zve ZUNDE – http://www.zunde.org.

    • you are right Manyepo. Tendai Biti did make several request to audit the parastatals and we all know what happened to his request. Where are the var vets now, where are the toi-toi crews demanding the ministry of finance to release monies for farmers and other pending projects that never seem to take off

  5. let them hang, I think the country can do without them, they are thousands of educated unemployed people in Zimbabwe who can do better. I think they should pay PSMAS’s debt and take a leaf from the Japanese (stab themselves) they are a disgrace. You can pay yourself what ever you want but at least earn it. If PSMAS declared a 10million in profits per month hell 10% is a decent cut. But before we hear any more talk of shaming the west. Shame on all parastatal CEO’s who abuse their monopolies and double shame on YOU who appoint them.

  6. And good old Cuthbert was bailing out Zifa with loose chnage from his gragantuan salaries. I bet Cuthbert Dube earns more than Sepp Blatter!

  7. But these guys have already unfairly got a huge advantage over everybody else paupenyu. If it is deemed unfair they must pay back some of the proceeds. Those who authorised ma salaries must be revealed and charged for looting. Taneta ne ma talk shows Jonathan. we know you have the gift of the gag and such a good orator at times I think you enjoy hearing yourselve talk. Action baba….shame ndati action…kwete kuti gore ripere muchingo taura. Kumapurisa same same Shame Shame Shame on all you you ma Ministers without teeth. This calls for indoda sibili to stand up for Zmbabwe to be rid of the evil called corruption.

  8. I think civil servants should organise a demo against this fella called Dube who has brought untold suffering to them by misappropriating their contributions,now they dont have any medical cover.Where is the minister of health?,what measures has he taken to dissolve the entire board at psmas.Are we ever going to see any arrests for corruption?,when is enough enough?.Does this country have a president whilst all this rot is going on?.Surely this is the Republic of Do as you like,there is no rule of law what a shame.

    • @Last don- Please do not make me laugh..the leadership of the civil service have more interesting things to do like sleeping after full lunches. They have no time doing demonstration over this, if anything they would like Dube to give them a cut if they can. This is the worst form of representation for labour in the land..Perhaps the ZCTU will now show its mantle…no I think not, they are also busy doing I know not what..So forget it my friend this is just going to die a natural death in a few days and Dube can smile all the way to the bank…all the way! Mean time other para bosses who paid themselves the earth are kicking themselves why did they pay themselves a paltry 50 000 when they could have been like Dube, they tear their hair out in wonder..Well, there is still time for them to catch up.

  9. PLIIIIIIZ B4 U TOK ABOUT THE WEST N TSVANGI NXT TYM CHIMBOTAURAI NEZVE CORRUPTION YENYU MAzanu. Then i’ll listen to your speeches

  10. There are reports that the top dogs in council management are playing a cat and mouse game with the Minister..this mad salary saga is really taking top spot for entertainment (ugly)..I think Muchechetere spoke for all the para bosses when he said, “I dont care!”

  11. THESE SALARIES SEEM TO HAVE BLESSINGS FROM INFLUENCIAL INDIVIDUAL,AM ONLY THINKING ALOUD,MAYBE THE LOOT IS SHARED AMONG MANY MEN TO MATCH DESIRED LIFE STYLES,WHY NOT CALL IT SALARY LAUNDERING AND IF WE HAD A NON SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL LAW MAKING BODY ALL THIS WOULDNT BE HAPPENING.

  12. Hot air from Jonathan Moyo. He knows very well the authors of corruption in Zimbabwe – his ZANU PF. They have pillaged right,left and centre Zimbabwe’s wealth for themselves. Tell us how many “chefs” have ever been prosecuted in Zimbabwe since independence? None. Chihuri knows who they are.The President knows who they are. The public knows who they are. Some have been mentioned by the President himself. What has been done? Nothing. Nhai imi vanhu veZANU,muri kuendepi neZimbabwe?

  13. So there was a Finance Director earning $200k yet could not produce audited accounts since the dollarization??

    Every month we are told inflation was less than 2% year on year or whatever the case.

    So what was the justification of the salary increments?

    My Grandmother asked me to check if the said figures were not in Zim$. Can the responsible authorities please double check!

    Ndapererwa apa.

  14. what a laugh.
    i mean psychotically.
    this is living proof that we ale lovers make sober decisions while the sober seem to be making ma decisions akadhakwa all the time.
    we in fact drink in protest of tunjere tweshiri that we get subjected to naanhu awa aaaa!!

  15. Also have a look at Tendai Mahachi and his fat cats at Harare Municipality, he earns an average of 16000 dolaz and no service is delivered at all. This is rate payers money being wasted to pay uneducated pple like Makwembere Rowan Martin, haana kana raanoshanda. Asi mazi salary! Mahachi akauraya Air Zim, now yagwadama Harare City! Ma ZANU!

  16. Is the G Charamba listed on the list of board members at PSMAS the same one with the perm sec,G.Charamba, he of the longest memo in recorded history or these are just similar names? Now this board is made of geniuses, they have agreed to reduce Dube’s salary to 60 000…In the interest of fairness Muchechetere should go back to work and claim his back pay to match Dube’s 60 000?

  17. i am more educated and qualified than c dube but i am currently earning $500.00 per month. help me pliz how do i get these kind of jobs. our company is getting around $20 000.00 monthly sales and 15 employees are getting their salaries from there. asi ndatya hangu.

    • @educated – for you to earn these corrupt salaries you must first become a big crook with political connections, kill your opponents and steal their property and learn well how to cheat and rig, whist deceiving your way through life.

  18. Remember, the CEO’s salary was approved by the Board of Directors. and for the Board to approve such an obscene and pungent salary structure it must have been very drunk. So the investigation must also include this aspect: what made the Board of Directors drunk. I smell a rat, a big rotten rat.

  19. now dont get things mixed up. we ale lovers drink in order to tolerate the mediocrity of minds thrust around us. we cant keep ourselves in virtual intelligence space so have to lower our iq through enjoyment of ale when decisions like this are made by birdbrains.
    and to imagine the subject is fencing himself with some colonial era formula ??

  20. This Dube must be the end of him. He has earned enough for a life time. Get him off the job today,

    don’t even think of cutting his salary. Ende zvakawoma immi adiwawe….

  21. nhai hamawe ko vamwe vanhu voshandepi kuenda kuZIFA unosvika Dube akagara pachair kuPSMAS ndiyezve ari pachair saka unemployment yacho ingadzika sei?

    • Precisely. It is the same people everywhere. They ‘own’ the farms, the factories and distribute positions among themselves. They are the MPs etc. What we need is a clean slate

  22. vanaNgwabi Bhebhe vachitoti forcer kubvisa ma$30 emedical aid every semester setinorwara kuti ivo nanaDube zve vaone kudya mudya ndigere ka kudya zve vapfupi nekureba on our hard earned cash. Kudenga kuna Mwari,

  23. vanaNgwabi Bhebhe vachitoti forcer kubvisa ma$30 emedical aid kuPSMAS every semester setinorwara kuti ivo nanaDube zve vaone kudya mudya ndigere ka kudya zve vapfupi nekureba on our hard earned cash. Kudenga kuna Mwari,

  24. Thanks Jonathan for the changed focus – for our country to prosper all the powers that be from His Excellency must have the same focus to curb corrupt greedy individuals that way you are guaranteed of the support of level headed Zimbabweans.

  25. thugery is ingrained in your black nature…you guys talk a whole load of shit about the white man…but hes not as shameless as you racist black scavangers..the boer observed one the about you people….that a black man can only fix a black man….kill each other…im loving this tale

  26. NO WONDER THERE IS ALWAYS A SHORTAGE OF MATERIALS(WEATHERTEC) AT ZESA LOBHENGULA STRT BYO. OUR CONNECTION FEE GOES TO PAY THESE ” CUTHBERT DUBES”. WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WAITING FOR ELECTRICITY CONNECTION HAVING PAID FOR THE SERVICE MORE THAN 7MONTHS AGO. IYE “CUTHBERT DUBE” WEKUZESA ANOMBOHORA MARIIKO?? CUTHBERT DUBE, PSMAS; CUTHBERT DUBE, ZIFA. MAVIS GUMBO, PSMAS; MAVIS GUMBO, ZIFA. PSMAS, SERIOUSLY IN DEBT; ZIFA, SERIOUSLY IN DEBT!!! ZVITSVAGIRE WEGA COMMON DENOMINATOR(READ THIEVES).

  27. Someone should’ve told Cuthbert that the US$ has less zeros than the then Zim$ when he initially signed the contract!!!! bbbbbbbbwaaaaahhhhhh idiot

  28. Varume why cant the police invoke the serious offences act ….inoshanda papi ko mari yedu idzoke. Naiwowo futi mapurisa mhani huuuuuuu ?

  29. Ngaadzingwe basa, osungwa iye Kasibheti Dube iyeye. Marabishi emunhu nomhurisa musangano wedu. Pasi naye!

  30. Dube and company must return back our money. They are just thieves and who ever seconded him to that post is also a thief. I always wondered how he was able to sponsor the Warriors, it was all stolen money, our money, from our meager salaries. God have mercy on us and do away with these thieves.They must rot in jail to teach others a lesson.

  31. If you are getting almost a quarter of a million dollars per month, and the owner of that money dies because he/she failed to get medical attention as is happening with PSMAS clients, then unenge wauraya munhu. Do these people have a conscience?

    Musanyanya kukara vakomana. Nzwirai navhu tsitsi. With people like PSMAS executives, this country will not get anywhere. This is criminal.

  32. If it true that Premier medical aid soceity is to increase subscriptions from $7 to $20, then the entire cabinet is complicit in this shake down of civil servants. Its my suggestion that no increases in subscriptions should be allowed until the books have been thoroughly checked to see what members contributions are being spent on.

  33. muchohwe.
    kwahi psycho is the only one qualified in title to analyse an issue like this using a broken scale of 1 : 230 !!

  34. Corruption yacho inotangira kumusoro ikoiko. If vana Muchechetere, Dube and this Masimirembwa thing are to be arrested, they will expose matop Zanu Pf goverment officials so this whole saga is going to die a natural death. Mark my words.

  35. Bravo Professor Jonathan Moyo. If you get saked again, we will know why! For trying to clean up a corrupt system.

  36. shame!shame!shame on you current government!remove this filthy and vile corruption!investigate all parastals particularly zesa.but jonah parastals are headed by fomer generals, be careful u might kick the bucket.zimbabweans wake up and liberate yourself from zanu gross incompetence.why are u obssessed abot the west when there are economic eniquities in our country.shame!shame!shame on you all!remove this filthy and vile corruption!

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