MPs demands unjustifiable

HARARE - The recent recommendation by Copac to pay legislators $10 000 each for vehicles which were involved in accidents during the constitution-making process outreach programmes will be a bone of contention to all those who financially donated funds to the programme.

Copac, which was created by an act of Parliament comprises legislators and awarding themselves that pay out smacks of hypocrisy.

While the legislators are hatching a plan to reward themselves through Copac, it is sad that government has failed to raise grants for students at tertiary institutions.

It is scandalous for Copac to award legislators $10 000 each for car repairs while students at tertiary institutions are being chased home because they cannot pay fees ranging from $300 and $500.

Needless to say, the vehicles that the MPs want paid for were in the first place hired by Treasury during the Copac process.

But why should MPs always have it their way?

They have sitting Parliament allowances and they sleep in hotels.

They drive posh cars while students around the country cannot afford three square meals a day, worse still tuition fees.

We call upon government and relevant authorities to rethink their policies and help salvage the education sector which needs huge financing.

At a time when our economy is in such a sorry state, we expect government to put its act right and stop funding legislators whose term in office has yielded little of significance in terms of service delivery.

We understand student organisations’ frustrations and anger over government’s failure to prioritise the education sector.

While Finance minister Tendai Biti is adamant that government has not abandoned students, we expect him to liaise with the ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, so together they bring finality to the students grant issue.

Students should not be made to suffer because of political bickering between the Finance ministry and the Higher Education ministries.

Today students have reduced themselves to prostitutes and drug peddlers in order to make ends meet because our government is more worried about their own luxuries as opposed to the welfare of their people.

The sorry state of universities extends to schools around the country which are according to minister David Coltart are in a state of disrepair.

We think the MPs’ demand is unjustifiable and urge government to reconsider its priorities when issuing grants.


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