Mugabe blows $2m on war vets indaba

THE cash-strapped government last month blew $2 million to fund President Robert Mugabe’s three-hour meeting with war veterans at a time Treasury owed over $23 million in school fees for the former freedom fighters’ children, it has emerged.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Initially, the indaba, held on April 7 at City Sports Centre in Harare, had been allocated $250 000, but the bill mysteriously ballooned to $2 million.

War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube told journalists in Harare yesterday that his ministry had to divert part of the $6 million reserved for school fees to bankroll the indaba on the understanding that Treasury would reimburse the money soon after the meeting.

“We were allocated $6 million by the Ministry of Finance to meet school fees needs for our members and due to financial problems, Treasury allowed us a bit of money from that allocation and it is from that money that we took $2 million to fund the indaba,” he said.

Dube said the $2 million was spent on accommodation, transport, decorations and food for the nearly 10 000 participants at the meeting.

Dube said Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa had committed to reimburse the $2 million into the school fees fund soon after the meeting, but was yet to do so.

“We know he is going to make it so that we will be able to meet our fees obligations as directed by President Mugabe. We trust the minister when he says he will pay,” he said.

Dube said the $6 million allocation was meant for the 2016 first term fees, adding it was not sufficient to meet fees of the over 22 500 applicants catered for by the ministry.

He also said government owed schools $23 million in unpaid school fees for children of war veterans stretching over the past three years.

The minister said he was faced with a herculean task after war collaborators and detainees were also directed to his ministry yet resources had been slow to come his way.

Dube said he expected membership numbers to climb to nearly 700 000 including former detainees, which would likely cost government nearly $2 billion in welfare and compensation issues.

He further questioned the age of some of the war collaborators with indications that some of them were just 40 years old, 36 years after independence.

“It would mean they were collaborators at the age of three or four years, and if you raise these issues, you are told all kinds of politics,” Dube said.

At the indaba, war veterans made several demands including tax exemptions, allocation of 10 % shares of companies in the ongoing indigenisation drive and the expulsion of Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Dube said his ministry was only able to deal with the welfare of its members, while the other issues would be directed to line ministries for them to be addressed.

“The issue of the commissariat is a party issue and leaders of the party were there and heard what was discussed. What we are going to do is prepare a report and forward it to relevant ministries and the party… I am sure something is being done about the issues that were raised at the indaba, which include lands and mines,” he said.

So far, Dube said, his ministry had processed school fees applications for 8 300 pupils and disbursed $2,5 million. He said the ministry would disburse fees for another

7 000 pupils by the end of today as he comes under increasing pressure from parents and pupils who want their fees paid.

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21 Comments

  1. Mawar vets ndiwo akauraisa nyiika,they created the Mugabe monster,they a shameless.Money is being plundered for nothing.

    1. mutape

      kudai 15 billion iripo pasina urombo uhwu. Manje ma Zim Dollar futi???
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  2. Zimbabweans lets unite to vote out Mugabe.A victory for Mai JM will see companies re open.Mai Mujuru is my Joice,my choice and my voice

  3. Wezhira wezhara

    I was born in 1970 but was never a war collaborator at 9 years in 1979. Of course we could supply information on movements of Smith regime soldiers as well as lie to maDzaku-tsaku about movement yema comrades but I cannot claim to be a collanorator. A Collaborator is someone who could be sent by comrades on various errands such as moving weapons between groups as well as information. These were aged 14 and above.

  4. What – 2 million USD is really a lot of money, for some meeting held at City Sport? I smell pilferage of public resources here.

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  7. I have only one answer to Mugabe blows $2 million on war vets indaba when there is no cash in Zimbabwe and we plunge further and further into crisis. ZPF must go!

  8. I’m pretty sure some minister of some sort drove away with a brand new range rover from part of that $2million ‘leftover change’. What kind of monsters blow away their own children’s school fees on some meeting which yielded zero end results? What an irresponsible people we have

  9. VaMugabe chete chete.Pasi naTea Boy.Zimbabweans dont be fooled by MDC.Open yo eyes.Only Mugabe will do fo u.Keep on votting Bob.Thx fo rejecting Tea Boy in 2013.Pasi neMDC.VaMugabe yamunoita tinonwa,ramunomama todya.Chibhakera mudenga

  10. Newsday are your figures correct? US$23 million for fees? asi maWar vets ndivo voga vave nevana varikuenda kuchikoro kanhi? Mwana wese wechikoro ndewe muWar Vet.

    1. Zvinhu@unlearned

      This money is owed over a period of three years brother so there is completely nothing wrong with those figures man. For example we have 22 500 student applicants & that figure into $23 000 000 it will give you $1022.00 per each child

  11. Chiremba Honestly

    Handiti ndizvo maiti muri kuda.hezvo mari yoparadzwa makanangisa

  12. The nation has allowed itself to live in falsehoods , hatred amongst themselves, tribalism elements of social life that had been eliminated by the advent of the liberation struggle. In 1980 you could feel that everybody is my relative and am bound to help if need arises and this has vanished a way because of capitalist elements in social life and the effects of cultural erosion caused by our failure as a action nation to protect ourselves from foreign cultures. Today we have Youths against their fathers , they have become hostile,delivering nothing to the nation’ s wellbeing.

    War Vets had initially wanted to hold a non funded meeting to look at their problems but the above mentioned groups that have destroyed this country economic fabric through CORRUPTION. , CORRUPTION …!!!!!!!!!!! Crystallized by tribalism nepotism and other negative ISMS. It must be noted that the intellectuals Successionist had feared exposion by War veterans .They lied to the President to cause the use of money from treasurers which as unnecessary . Let me put it on record that not much was achieved and the Nation must know that the Nation owes w ar Veterans and e Ben Long after we are dead the Amount that were entitled in ( 1997) U.S. $ 18,000.00 should be paid even to our children’ s children.Zvechikamarism is I zvineta nobody stay in decision making positions until eternity . Zimbabwe must walk fighting corruption and not talk shopping corruption. With the involvement of War Veterans there won’t be a secret cow and no stone will be left unturned. Provo tatambura .

  13. W.T.F IS WRONG WITH OUR LEADERS

  14. mugabe s besty

    dont see any prob

  15. Pose and give it some thought good people – real good thought. How many TRUE war veterans have children of school going age? What’s the average age of a TRUE war veteran? Some demands are as ridiculous as they are stupid and silly – quite nauseating.

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