Simba Makoni raps Zanu PF for school dropouts

via Makoni raps Zanu PF for school dropouts – DailyNews Live by Mugove Tafirenyika  19 JANUARY 2014

Opposition leader Simba Makoni has accused the Zanu PF government of consciously killing the future of Zimbabwean youths by withholding funds for Basic Education Assistance Module (Beam).

In an interview with the Daily News on Sunday, the Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD) leader said President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF was pursuing selfish interests at the expense of public accountability.

Ngoni Masoka, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Labour and Social Welfare told Parliament last week that in the 2014 national budget, government allocated inadequate funds for the education of vulnerable children under the Beam programme.

Makoni, who entered into a Grand Coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of presidential elections in a futile effort to end Mugabe’s rule, said Zanu PF’s priorities were misplaced.

A former Finance minister in Mugabe’s government, Makoni questioned government’s wisdom in acquiring top-of-the-range vehicles for top officials when the country’s health and education infrastructure was
dying.

“We have always said Zanu PF and Mugabe no longer have interest in the future of the country,” said Makoni.

“They have chosen to dump the future of the young generation by denying them the right to education.
They have consciously resolved to kill the future of the country, literally burying it underground because our children are the future,” he added.

While acknowledging that government was broke, the former Sadc executive secretary said the little funds available in the country must be channelled to the right things.

He also said it was unacceptable that orphans and other disadvantaged children who depend on State assistance were dropping out of school.

He added that it was government’s moral obligation to take care of society’s disadvantaged, particularly children.

Makoni lamented the dearth of servant leadership in government, saying there was a yawning gap between lifestyles of junior government employees especially uniformed forces and their pampered bosses.

He said the uniformed forces were worse off than they were before independence in 1980.

“If you go to the homes of senior police and army officers there are fleets of vehicles, yet junior officers who do the real work use public transport,” Makoni said.

Makoni blamed the country’s financial problems on “Zanu PF’s tendency to pick up fights with people who can help the country.”

“We shall continue our efforts to work with those in government, and others in politics, business, and civil society; to find ways to alleviate the many hardships confronting the people every day,” Makoni
said.

“In this regard, we commend and thank players in civil society, and the international community, for their sterling efforts to stem the humanitarian crises caused by food shortages, HIV/Aids and other diseases, domestic and gender-based violence, crime and corruption, state ineptitude and heartlessness.”

He said he would strive to invigorate MKD into the “a party of choice” in order to “generate hope among the people, that they can create a better future for themselves.

“We remain convinced that our vision, values and principles form a solid foundation for the economic, social, cultural and moral recovery of our nation, and future progress for all our people,” he said.

 

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2 comments on “Simba Makoni raps Zanu PF for school dropouts
  1. Rich says:

    Simba Makoni was a genius over thirty years ago , even controlling SADC. It now , at now the SADC, is laughable, and though it agreed to assist Morgan, only Simba is the one to be able to renew this country.

  2. Obey Mapuranga says:

    Dr Simba Makoni is the only many with clean hands in Zimbabwean politics, he is a leader and no one can compare his qualities with him. Zimbabwe does not need an Army general as President, we dont need an old guard but in the post Mugabe we need an Economist a Technocracy, a moderate matured President.
    A man who can formulate policies that moves Zimbabwe forwad. A man who understands International relations. All political parties knows who the man is but they are just selfish

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