Mugabe must stop reckless spending sprees

Our lead story on Tuesday stated that President Robert Mugabe and a number of Cabinet ministers were holidaying, taking a rest away from a country they have systematically destroyed with the economy continually faltering.

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The irony of it all was that they were holidaying in destinations far away from the “madding crowd” using taxpayers’ money, of course. They even had the guts of taking the little money available and plunder it in other countries at the expense of local tourist outings.

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The holidays coincided with the delays in the payment of salaries to the ever loyal and dedicated civil service that saw the bulk of staffers enduring a “moneyless” festive season.

What this shows is that our government leaders do not care about their workers, but themselves and their families. They are concerned with personal gratification.

Were they going to die if they had forgone the holiday to deal with the elephant in the living room –the economic morass and corruption that has to a large extent led to the social upheaval in the country?

If anybody doubted that Mugabe and his government leadership were profligate, they should be re-examined. This government has a particularly severe and systemic problem with its top officials in the ruling elite taking advantage of corruption to extend their personal wealth and political power.

Allowing ministers to make merry when Zimbabwe is facing a myriad of challenges due to poor governance, the non-performing economy and squandering of State funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretence of honest service, is at best dishonesty of the highest order.

In this economy where inflows to Treasury are dwindling, one would expect leaders to cut the coat according to the cloth. Yet, they were on a spending spree as if the country has inexhaustible resources. Beside there were reports last week that the Local Government ministry wanted to buy 600 cars from an Indian vehicle manufacturer at a cost of $50 million while some local authorities are struggling to provide basic services due to limited funds.

Added to that we have a President who believes that he is entitled to attend every meeting or conference in which he is invited to on the globe. This has seen his travels gobbling millions of dollars that could have been channelled towards financing the provision of basic services such as water and sanitation. In the nine months from January to September, Mugabe spent $33,2 million on foreign travels — nearly double the $17,3 million that had been allocated for this purpose. Thank God, his tenure as African Union chair ends at the end of the month and the nation hopes that he shall cut on his travels to concentrate on the economy.

Mugabe and his team should take a cue from other countries taking a raft of measures to maximise the use of their little resources. For example Tanzanian President John Magufuli took a step further by scraping independence celebrations and ordered a clean-up exercise in its place. Since taking over the reins from Jakaya Kikwete in November last year, Magufuli has been preaching fiscal prudence, cutting on unnecessary expenditures. This is the step Zimbabwe must take to pull itself out of this economic quagmire. The country’s leadership should use resources sparingly in the absence of budgetary support from friendly countries. The inclusive government instilled financial discipline under the “eat what you have hunted” slogan. Yet the Zanu PF government discarded the slogan due to its penchant to live beyond its means and the results are there for all to see. It is clear that government no longer has morals. Whether Mugabe and his leadership used their personal resources to make merry around the globe, the timing is wrong when government has failed to pay its workers.

9 Responses to Mugabe must stop reckless spending sprees

  1. Matibili January 14, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    Somebody should tell that fat G40 thug
    Mzembi that being minister of tourism doesnt mean promoting the tourism of others. Arssholle.

  2. Stivho January 14, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    I cant wait dor the day Matibili snuffs it. Am fed up with these thieves.

  3. steven January 14, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    why dont they just use Malema’s economic plans then they should be alright. there government has taken all natural resources for themselves just like malema wants to. look how well that has worked for the country. and as it is, malema thinks bob is a hero anyway.

  4. Eagle January 14, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    words can’t describe such heartlessness

  5. Samaita January 14, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    Had it been these chefs and families alone, maybe it would be justified. Unfortunately behind the scenes there hundreds more staff, security, admin, hangers on etc. All these paid for by you and me.

  6. Chiremba Honestly January 14, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Enough is enough.lets vote them out of office come 2018.the leadership abandoning the masses
    and enjoying themselves in fat away places.lt seems as if they had the title deeds to rule Zimbabwe.lets put a stop to their lavish spending.

  7. Hapana Apo January 14, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Hapana apo heartlessness kudii.spending spree kudii.hapana apo pane auya kunokubira hre kumba kwako or vaku spender mari dzavo?shanda hama shanda dont b frustrated by our lives just bcoz u’rent successful.

  8. mazino akaora January 15, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Stupid Hapana apo!

  9. Harley Robert January 16, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Maybe the country will be lucky and Mugabe and his crew will die in a plane crash next time they go on “vacation.” They have systematically pillaged your country and are so rapacious that they literally don’t care that the world knows about their offshore accounts, etc. The fools are even selling your precious wildlife to China and you can bet that all of the money has or will end up in Mugabe’s pocket. The levels of corruption, entitlement and impunity that have been fostered and encouraged under their rule have made the country the laughingstock of the world, except that it’s not funny. I truly feel sorry for the average citizen who has to live under these assholes but unless there is a true electoral uprising, the country is doomed. Oh, and by the way, if they want to prosecute me for disrespecting the potentate for life, feel free. When I’m done with them they’ll rue the day.

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