Mugabe knew about obscene salaries: Moyo

via Mugabe knew about obscene salaries: Moyo – The Standard February 2, 2014 in News

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and the then government of national unity (GNU) were fully aware of the obscene salaries and looting that was taking place at parastatals and other state enterprises, a former cabinet minister has said.

But minister of State in the President’s Office, Didymus Mutasa insisted Mugabe was in the dark over the looting.

State enterprises such as the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Air Zimbabwe and PSMAS, as well as the City of Harare have been rocked by allegations of corruption.

Top executives are said to be earning obscene salaries and engaged in underhand dealings at a time the institutions were reeling under massive debts.

PSMAS boss Cuthbert was reportedly earning US$500 000 while ZBC chief executive officer was getting US$40 000 per month.

Former minister of State enterprises and Parastatals, Gorden Moyo said Mugabe and the Zanu PF government should not act surprised by recent revelations of malfeasance at public institutions.

He said they were well-appraised of the rot in parastatals during the GNU era, but never took action.

Moyo said his ministry raised the issue of malfeasance, including that of unreasonable salaries for parastatal bosses, but the line ministers refused to act because they were benefiting.

“We raised these issues when they came out but nothing happened. They are known. The President (Mugabe) was aware,” he said.  “Line ministers were accomplices to the crimes so they could not prevail on the parastatal bosses.”

Moyo alleged that there was evidence that parastatals bosses were bribing ministers with top of the range vehicles such as Mercedes Benz and Toyota Landcruisers as well as fuel and airtime over and above their official government allocations.

He said when going for foreign trips, ministers were double claiming travel and subsistence allowances from treasury as well as parastatals falling under them.

“They were double dipping and these issues are known,” said Moyo.
He said parastatals boards have become “retirement homes” for board members, most of them with a military background.

Some of the board members were awarding themselves monthly salaries of up to US$2 000 over and above sitting allowances of US$500.

Moyo said his ministry came up with policies adapted by the government including the corporate governance framework which was launched by Mugabe and then Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

He said this was ignored and never implemented by ministries because it was crafted by an MDC-T minister.

“Zanu PF ministers did not want to be seen implementing policies raised by an MDC minister. We are now paying the cost of partisanship,” said Moyo.

However Mutasa said Moyo should provide concrete evidence that cabinet ministers were colluding with parastatals bosses to loot state enterprises. He said Mugabe could have acted early, had he been made aware of the looting.

“The President is a principled leader. I do not think he could have heard such cases of corruption and fail to act,” Mutasa said.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) acting secretary general, Gideon Shoko said the labour movement published results of a survey which showed that executives were earning “outrageous” salaries, but the government “never raised a finger.”

He said most permanent secretaries and other officers in the different ministries sit on boards of parastatals and were aware of the huge salaries paid to state enterprises bosses.

“They were quiet because of political bootlicking,” said Shoko. “It was their boys and girls that they had selected to be executives.”

Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU) ZEWU General Secretary Martin Chikuni said the huge “chefs” perk were an act of “financial terrorism.”

He said the union now felt vindicated as it had always raised such issues during collective bargaining, especially in the energy sector dominated by parastatals.

“We are calling on government to appoint  forensic auditors from reputable  firms to   guard  against   being misled  by  most of these now jittery and heartless  managers  at these parastatals who can  avail  cooked  figures  to  conceal  the magnitude of  their acts of  ‘constructive’ thievery,” he said.

Chikuni said those suspected of looting should not only be investigated, reprimanded or fired but should be prosecuted for economic sabotage.

Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) director Godfrey Kanyenze said the board and line ministries were responsible and should be held culpable for the fat salaries.

“Those that are supposed to provide the oversight are equally guilty,” Kanyenze said.  “You can’t tell me that [line] minister does not know what a chief executive or general manager earns. If he or she is not aware, it means that something is horribly wrong.”
Reasons given for offering competitive salaries in parastatals, state enterprises and local authorities were the need to attract the best brains in the country.

Kanyenze said an organisation must attract best brains by giving people performance management contracts.

“The only time pay comes before work is in the dictionary,” Kanyenze said.

‘MEGA-SALARIES, AN ACT OF FINANCIAL TERRORISM’

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) acting secretary general, Gideon Shoko said the labour movement published results of a survey which showed that executives were earning “outrageous” salaries, but the government “never raised a finger”.
He said most permanent secretaries and other officers in the different ministries sat on boards of parastatals and were aware of the huge salaries paid to state enterprise’s bosses.
“They were quiet because of political bootlicking,” said Shoko. “It was their boys and girls that they had selected to be executives.”
Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (Zewu) general secretary Martin Chikuni said the huge perks were an act of “financial terrorism.”
He said the union now felt vindicated as it had always raised such issues during collective bargaining, especially in the energy sector dominated by parastatals.
“We are calling on government to appoint  forensic auditors from reputable  firms to   guard  against   being misled  by  most of these now jittery and heartless  managers  at these parastatals who can  avail  cooked  figures  to  conceal  the magnitude of  their acts of  ‘constructive’ thievery,” he said.
Chikuni said those suspected of looting should not only be investigated, reprimanded or fired but should be prosecuted for economic sabotage.

 

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19 comments on “Mugabe knew about obscene salaries: Moyo
  1. Chatunga says:

    Country under seige from predators.

  2. Rukweza says:

    You voted for the party let them enjoy ,what zimbos know is to cry

  3. Tjingababili says:

    OFCOURSE HE DID AND DOES! IMPOTENT!

  4. Wana says:

    These guys never got the salaries direct ,they remitted it to zanu for campaigning .

  5. easily fooled says:

    These people served the interest of Zpf n Mr mugabe during GNU. So the purpose of their existence is achieved. Even if mugabe knew it or not, that was going to be the same……they wanted muchechetere to double as zpf PR manager as well as the zbc boss. 40 000 is not enough for that, considering the landslide victory zpf got on July 31 after happy-son advertised massively on behalf of zpf on zbc. We all know the army needed money to go n terrorise villagers to vote “in line”. Thanks to Cuthbert for giving the psmas and ARV monies to serve the good purpose of winning elections. Indeed 200k is a paultry for such a massive job.

    Mutasa talk of such a straight leader who reign in on corruption? By the way, were is Misihairabwi of zmdc who asked for a 7m dollar bribe from mugabe’s ghanian in laws? HE promised to DEAL with him……..did he send him to hell as envisioned?

  6. Jogo Bonita says:

    Nhai dydmus mutasa, if your boss is such a leader who doesnt condon corruption what has happened to masimirebwa and the bribery allegations?u think we are fools.

  7. Ruramai says:

    So now we are being told of a “principled” president! Mr. Mutasa please spare us.

    Of course Mugabe knew. This is not news. He was ok with these salaries and pecks.

  8. Nyoni says:

    The whole world is laughing at us because of these clowns. What a disgrace .

  9. Tarasika says:

    I do not remember MDC raising the issue in parliament. I do not!!!!

    • Rukweza I think it is unfair that you say Zimbabweans voted for the party after what happened in the last two elections. Most of us come on this forum to discuss and encourage each other during these hard times. Zimbabwe is under a dictatorship and that being the case the rigging of elections is easy for those who rule.Don’t get me wrong, you are entitled to your own opinion but a contribution would be more appreciated than a gloat.

  10. mutakura says:

    The whole country is a cesspool of corruption. Look at what is happening in state universities, polytechnics, teachers training colleges. Mari irikudyiwa svebasa. Even in in schools headmasters are doing their own things

  11. chokwadi chinorwadza says:

    Go on u old fat cats in Zim…pliz pliz loot everything and award yoself any kind of salaries or benefits u want destroy Zim even more and more until these primadonna spoilt brats Zim pple learn that it is not peace or engagement that works but violence and unrest is the only way to remove u

  12. Johno says:

    “To attract the best brains in the country”By the look of the state of parastatals in Zimbabwe, one shudders to think what the “worst brains” would achieve if the “best brains”can only achieve the total decay that is now so commonplace.

  13. jobolinko says:

    Mdc may not have made noise if its true they new about these salaries but but most decisions were made by mugabe and zanu mdc fired councilors for corruption only for them to be taken back by chombo ,surely i dont think mdc could have done anything succesfuly in the gnu pple want taint any wrong thing with mdc ,OK WHY IS CUTHBERT DUBE BACK AGAIN WHERE IS MDC INVOLVED IN THIS NONSENSE.

  14. Chitova weGona says:

    There is old frog Mutasa protecting the geriatric! Who in Zim does not know that zanu is corrupt? They breathe corruption and feed on it. Now they know what has been happening,are they going to act! I dont think so. Chombo has just overturned the suspension of Harare town clerk as a way of protecting his empire. Mahachi knows the deals Chombo is doing. Whistleblowers can name as many corrupt bosses as they can but with zanu in control it wont change anything. The whole lot deserve to be in jail including Mutasa.

  15. Mthwakazi says:

    True indeed. No matter how disasterous a develoment can be to the interests of the country, Shona Gukurhundi Mugabe will simply look the otherway, if it advances his interest of retaining power at all costs.

    The Shona thug, at 90 is the olderst liar on planet earth.He shouts a lot; threatens a lot; has a way with the english language to intimidate opponents immensely – but he is at the end of the day, as ineffectual; cowardly and harmless as that poogle that barks and runs at every car that passes!!

  16. Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo says:

    Headmasters in schools are now concentrating on making money through this thing called incentives. A Headmaster of Victoria High School bought a double – cab for his use as Headmaster. yet children do not have chairs. Vic High used to be in the top 15 schools in the country. Now it is not even in the top 200 in the country. Neither does it feature anywhere in Masvingo Province.

    Corruption! Corruption! Corruption! Shame Zim.

  17. American says:

    Zimbabweans are amateurs at looting. Just look north in the Eurozone, the looting has exceeded 162 billion and counting exceeding the entire EU national budget. Just keep on preying for EU financial aid as many of you are clamoring for lately, they will surely bury you alive this time around.

  18. matombo chiremba says:

    But surely its not enough for Moyo to say Mugabe knew or knows while letting Jonathan Moyo expose these (due to party factionalism) rather than him giving us the sensational details as the former minister responsible. MDC-T is surely failing Zimbabweans by standing by when their leadership in this mess is critical. MDC-T had ministers or Deputy Ministers in almost all the ministries yet none of these guys are dishing the stuff that Zimbos would like to hear? Come on MDC-T, lead the desperate zimbos rightaway, lest you be judged harshly by history!!!!

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