Senior Zanu PF Member Says Ministers Failing to Run State Firms

Senior Zanu PF Member Says Ministers Failing to Run State Firms

via Senior Zanu PF Member Says Ministers Failing to Run State Firms by Tatenda Gumbo, Irwin  Chifera 30.01.2014 VOAZimbabwe

A senior Zanu PF member says the appointment of board members of parastatals and state entities should not be the sole responsibility of ministers as this has shown that it’s not workable following revelations that executives were awarded hefty salaries while workers were wallowing in poverty.

Party parliamentary chief whip, Joram Gumbo, told Studio 7 on Thursday now that the president’s office is investigating the salary pecks, there will be swift action by the government in addressing the anormally.

Gumbo said parastatals were initially run through ministries “and we thought the bureaucracy was causing delays in implementing decisions and therefore we decided that they should be run by professionals under boards and this is what has caused these problems. The government has stepped in to say let us stop the rot. We have to expose those that are corrupt and let us deal with them.”

One of the chief executive officers, Curthbert Dube of the Premier Service Medical Aid Society, was getting more than $230,000 a month while Harare City Council executives have been earning high salaries compared to workers.

At least eight council executive members earn about $37,000, excluding allowances.

Meanwhile, the Harare City Council on Thursday suspended Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi to pave way for investigations into his conduct and the local authority’s finances following revelations this week that top city managers were being paid hefty salaries and perks at the expense of service delivery.

Announcing the three month suspension, city mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, who said he personally delivered the suspension letter, said Mahachi had failed or refused to furnish him and the full council with the salary and benefits schedule for council executives despite repeated requests.

He said residents and ratepayers want to know how their money is being spent, adding there is need for council to improve disclosures on how council finances are spent.

Manyenyeni, who came into office on an MDC-T ticket, said Mahachi would retain his salary and benefits while on suspension, adding he had advised the Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo of the decision taken by council.

Manyenyeni was due to meet Chombo’s deputy Joel Matiza and appoint an acting town clerk.

A salary schedule leaked to the press shows council executives were earning more than $35,000 per month each while the lowest paid worker got just $200.

Manyenyeni said councilors are currently concentrating on dealing with issues affecting residents, including poor refuse collection, potholes, lack of clean water and poor sanitation and related issues

Harare Residents Trust director Precious Shumba welcomed Mahachi’s suspension saying central government must support council efforts to restore normalcy in the city.

Harare Residents Alliance secretary general Keith Charumbira  told Studio 7 Mahachi should have been suspended without pay or benefits.

A Belvedere resident, who only identified herself as Sally, said investigations into council finances are welcome, adding if found guilty of abusing council funds, the town clerk should be prosecuted.

Mahachi could not be reached for comment like Minister who was said to out of the country.

At the same time, MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora welcomed the council’s decision to suspend Mahachi, adding this should have been done a long time ago.

Mahachi’s suspension comes after Media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Moyo told journalists that those found guilty of abusing funds or assets at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation would be dealt with and that measures will be taken to recover any proven losses to the national broadcaster.

Moyo slammed top ZBC management for awarding themselves outrageous salaries and hefty allowances while workers suffered and went without pay for months.

ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere and some senior staff have been suspended after investigations revealed he was taking home $40,000 per month while not paying workers.

The situation was the same at the Public Service Medical Aid Society where a dozen senior managers were gobbling up to a million dollars in salaries and perks every month at the expense of poor ordinary people who could not access health services from time to time as PSMAS was failing to pay service providers on time.

Chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube, who was earning $230,000 per month, has been forced to retire while the board chairman has been fired.

The revelations have angered many struggling Zimbabweans with the government now belatedly moving to cap salaries of senior executives within parastatals and other state entities.

COMMENTS

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    John Thomas 4 years

    Gumbo? How much does he earn. And what did ever do that benefitted anybody but himself?

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    Peter tosh 4 years

    There will be no nikuv in the next election so zpf is laying the ground for the next election, they know that people will believe that they deal with corruption yet it’s just window dressing. If they mean what they say,let’s see people going to jail.

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    Tjingababili 4 years

    ROTTEN EGGS! OLD NEWS!

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    Bee 4 years

    How much money do you need For God’s Sake!!! You greedy, corrupt, useless man. And there are many, many more like you. Tragic for Zim.

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    Is there going to be a next election?????.That is the question people should be asking.!!!

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    gorongoza 4 years

    DIVERSIONARY TACTICS. Tazvinzwa zvemasalaries. Back to issues affecting Zimbabwe. We all know that those salaries were approved by ZANU PF for their boys whom they appointed, and for them to get kick-backs. You would wonder how a company like ZINWA takes a full page to congratulate Mugabe on his birthday and forget to service water pumps.

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    Whenever there is chaos the responsible people/ministers are out of the country. For the dust to settle. What a rotten nation. We are peace loving nation. SHAME. If only these eight top guys had pledged $10 000.00 of their salaries for only ten months, the City of Harare could have bought a lot of refuse collecting trucks, as well as chemicals for treating water for drinking. We have people vasina han’a nevamwe. Any way tiri kutamba nenguva yedu nekuti hapana kana zvavanomboitwa becoz navo vanoziva zvakawanda zvirikuitwa nevatungamiriri. Inyika chete inehupfumi but ingadayi yakagwadama kudhara.

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    Nkiwane (M'kiwa) 4 years

    What the heck is a “salary peck”?!?!

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    Rufa 4 years

    I don’t understand why being ‘put on suspension’ or ‘forced to retire’ is seen as punishment fit enough for people who have been looting at such extreme levels. Thhis means they are receiving compensation whilst on ‘suspension’, and can u imagine what his retirement package will be like? They need to be prosecuted if ZANU is genuine In its efforts to curb corruption, otherwise this whole thing is just a facade, a ruse to make people think we have a responsible government.

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    moyo 4 years

    JORAM GUMBO URIBENZI, KANAPRESIDENT’S OFFICE YATANGA TO INVESTIGATE THEN WE WILL SEE SWIFT ACTION. IYE MUGABE TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION? KKKKKKKKK. IT IS ASKING TOO MUCH FROM THIS OLD BABOON. HE IS PART OF THE ROOT. ZVOBGO USED TO SAY GUDO RAKATIZA NE RELAY STICKKKKKK, MAI SEKA. ITS LIKE ASKING TO SEE VADZIDZI VAJESU IN THIS GENERATION AND TO WALK ON WATER. GUMBO NEVAMWE VAKO JUST DISAPPEAR.