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ED’s big paycheck revealed


President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his two Vice-Presidents earn an average monthly salary of $17 500 each.


According to the Blue Book, the government document which details its expenditure and debts, a total of $630 000 is allocated in the coming year for salaries and allowances to Mnangagwa and his two deputies, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi respectively.

There is no split on how much the President alone actually earns, but basing on that $17 500 average, his salary would place him among some of the best paid Presidents.

The salary bill in the Office of the President (OPC) is going up from $8,77 million a year to $10,12 million, a result of new departments being added to the office. In total, the government wage bill is rising from $2,3 billion in 2018 to $2,9 billion, despite pledges by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to contain the bill under his controversial austerity measures. Pensions ($594 million) and employment costs for grant-aided institutions such as universities ($591 million) will add an extra $1,2 billion to the wage bill.

Foreign travel gobbled up $23,1 million between January and September, although it is projected at $15,7 million in 2019.

Mnangagwa has been criticised over the past year for his frequent travels abroad, which his backers say were necessary for his re-engagement efforts in his first year as President. The travel bill, according to one Treasury official, also includes flights for former President Robert Mugabe and his family.

Apart from Mnangagwa’s office and State security, the OPC also includes departments such as the District Development Fund, State Residences, the Zimbabwe Investment Authority, the One-Stop Investment Service Centre and the Provincial Ministers of State. The OPC also covers commissions.

There is also a $139 million allocation for the intelligence unit, classified as “special services” under the OPC budget.

In his budget statement for 2019, Ncube announced a 5% cut on salaries for senior officials, from principal directors, ministers, parastatal bosses and up to the President. But critics say the cut was not enough, given that much of the spending is hidden in the expenses that officials feed on. Ncube himself has said that the 5% cut was only a “symbolic gesture” to show that government was serious about cost cutting.

Mnangagwa’s real salary is not disclosed, as is the case in many African states.

Based on the average for the presidency, Mnangagwa would be one of the best paid Presidents, not only in Africa, but globally. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Europe’s largest economy, earns the equivalent of just over $22 000.

Mnangagwa earns more than Xi Jinping of China, leader of the world’s second biggest economy, who makes just $1 850 monthly.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli last year revealed his salary at $48 000 a year, a mere $4 000 monthly. In Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta makes $16 000 a month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s salary is $22 000 a month.

Mnangagwa’s $17 500 is enough to pay the basic salaries of 45 junior doctors; the doctors earn a basic salary of $390, after the July pay increase, although their total earnings are around $1 200 with added allowances.

Doctors have gone on strike for the second time this year, this time demanding payment in foreign currency, among other demands.

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  1. I think you should also go further and get salary figures for all presidents world over so that we know where this is going. Presidents have families and they work very hard. They should attend all meetings abroad. $17 500 is not bad at all. The balooming of wage bill will further swell because doctors also need increament. So its not a big deal.

  2. 17000 is not a lot compared to other Presidents world wide. Its peanuts. Do your research first nefore publishing such lies

  3. Comment… Some lunatics will always hide behide a finger. Presidents do not meet travelling expenses from their salary perks – fact. Never compare most African presidents with their counterparts in Europe- its like wishing that one day the sun will rise from the west

  4. People should remember that R.G MUGABE was earning $1000 in 20010 and $4000 in 2013 and know ED earns four times that it means this is the best paid job excluding other benefits. What is even suprising is that last year they tried to give their wives half of that thanks for the opposition who rejected it.

  5. locals has to wake up Zim will not come right for the next 20 years, the top has no idea to run a country only think of how to steel money, not interested in the people, how do they get to 6% growth, what about the millions the top have in their houses,Zin only has talk shops, Zim has many very clever people who have left the country and hold very good jobs

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