Zim diplomats face eviction


A NUMBER of Zimbabwean diplomats based in foreign countries have received eviction notices, as the government has reportedly failed to pay their bills and rentals, it has been established.

by Xolisani Ncube

Acting secretary for Foreign Affairs David Hamadziripi told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs that some embassies were in a sorry state, as the country’s Treasury was hamstrung by lack of funds and in arrears of over $50 million.

“As at June 30, 2015, our budget was funded only to the tune of 25% despite the fact that the 2015 budget itself was under-provided and we were midway through the fiscal year,” he said.

“All rented premises are in arrears, with a number of missions in receipt of eviction notices from landlords. Our officials are regularly summoned by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the host countries to explain issues relating to default in payment of rent and other obligations.”

Zimbabwe has 45 missions and 39 of them are headed by ambassadors, while the rest are run by consul-generals.

Hamadziripi told the committee — chaired by Zanu PF MP Kindness Paradza — that as at June 30, government owed diplomats in excess of
$11 million in salary arrears, $5 million for rent, $25 million for building maintenance and $4,3 million for the purchase of vehicles.

“The finance situation, especially at our diplomatic missions, is drastically deteriorating owing to inadequate funding,” he said.

Hamadziripi and his delegation told the committee that among the debts owed by Zimbabwe was a $2 million annual subscription to the Africa Union, which is due by January next year.

He said the country will face international humiliation if it fails to pay the money.

A director of finance in the Foreign Affairs ministry told the committee that the AU annual subscription had been increased from $480 000 to $2 million.

“We have to pay this money before we hand over the AU chairmanship to the next country. If we don’t pay these obligations, we risk losing our membership and participation. We could also lose our voting rights,” she said.

The parliamentary committee said government should find resources to ensure that the country’s image is protected.
Government last month moved the payment of salaries and allowances of diplomats from the foreign service to the Salary Services Bureau as a way of ensuring that they continue receiving their monthly dues.

Turning to the 2016 budget considerations, Hamadziripi said Treasury had indicated that they would seek to cut the budget allocation by $2 million from the 2015 operational budget of $8 million.


  1. Dzokai muchere mbeva, ndimi munonyebera nyika dzamuri muchiti Mugabbage ari kugona kutonga, face the reality now

  2. Let them come back, what are they doing in foreign lands for goodness sake? Waiting for tax payers to run from council police everyday to pay for their salaries and cars in good countries? Times like these dont call for diplomats whatsoever, it calls for solving problems at home first!

  3. And meanwhile the dear leader is always globe-trotting. Imagine how much he could save if just for once, he decides not to grace the numerous meetings and forums he is always attending. But then ofcourse, our president is one person who never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to save money for the country.

  4. Why not charge every diaspora person in each particular foreign country to cover salaries but then allow them all to vote? That is what the police do in Zim?

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