MDC seeks parastatals inquiry

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has called for a Parliamentary probe into all parastatals following  shocking disclosures of hefty executive allowances at ZBC.

Zimbabwe has 78 State-controlled public enterprises and nearly all are operating at a loss and are teetering on the verge of collapse.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC spokesperson, said his party wants an audit of all parastatals to ascertain how much each chief executive was earning.

This comes in the wake of revelations that suspended ZBC boss Happison Muchechetere was rewarding himself heftily at a time workers had gone for seven months without salaries.

“The decay at ZBC is a manifestation of the rot in most parastatals,” Mwonzora said.

“It is the MDC’s position that a Parliamentary inquiry should be established forthwith to investigate all State enterprises to stop the rot and ascertain how best they can be turned around; and put less burden on the already suffering taxpayer.

“It is very worrying that senior managers at most State enterprises are getting hefty salaries and allowances while failing to turn around these parastatals into viable enterprises.

The same managers are hiding behind the lame and tired excuse of targeted restrictive measures yet it is apparent that corruption is at the centre of their decay.”

The MDC said it wants the State enterprises fully restructured, reorganised and become functional with an accountable management.

Mwonzora said the obscene perks that Mucheterere was earning at ZBC had been approved by the ZBC board.

Muchechetere has declined to comment, saying he will speak when the ZBC inquiry was over.

Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, issued a directive last month to all ministers to direct heads of public entities to provide schedules of their salaries and benefits.

Comments (9)

If this parliamentary committee holds public hearings into these parastatal bosses then the committee will have their place in history secured..Never in the history of mankind have the "so many" been eaten by the corrupt few. We also eagerly await compliance with the Misheck Sibanda directive...Professor Johnathan Moyo has started the ball rolling and look at the can of worms this has opened..With time the ZBC is soon going to be the envy of many as employer of choice as it was at Independence..Parastals which were cash cows like the Forestry Commission, former ESC (now Zesa), and others used to attract the best then..this could be the first step in cleaning ourselves up..If we dont do this, no one will!

gutter poet - 3 January 2014

With people like Ignasius Chombo who as minister of Local Government has acquired vast amounts of property through abused of office, what can you expect.

vortex - 3 January 2014

Zimbabwe needs brave and pragmatic ministers like Prof Moyo. He should be applauded for bringing this mess into the public dormain. ThE FA CATS that are running down parastatals and municipalities are worse enemies of the people than the sanctions. If other ministers are ineffective, may the President give the learned Prof a new ministry every year and at the end of the govt's term at least five ministries will be clean.

alexio - 3 January 2014

Some people never cease to amuse. During the GNU period, parastatals and state enterprises fell under the MDC-T with Goden Moyo being the Minister of Parastatals and State Enterprises, and he even went to the extent of formulating a Code on Corporate Governance for these institutions. So how could MDC-T not have known these discripencies? The fact that they are starting to speak of an inquiry now means when they were still in government they never bothered to supervise the institutions they ran. Makarara nezamu mukanwa thats why you were routed in the july 2013 election.

stop politiking - 4 January 2014

MaZANU(PF) atiurayira nyika

Mari Manyemba - 4 January 2014

Its a noble calling there from our fellow great Zimbabweans to make such probes. Corruption is a gangrene which needs a tried and tested therapy to heal our society. what might be erroneous is to believe that Zanu pf as a whole gunners for corruption, neither it is the case in other political parties in the nation. I opine that corruption is a challenge which must not be delt with those in power alone but the public's conduct is vital to curb it. The public tends to perpetuate it by normalizing it and accepting it as a way of life, which cant be. We need to make some concerted efforts as a nation, not as some political or other social groupings and make it clear we cant proceed with the same.

Prof T MBONYEYA - 4 January 2014

@stop politiking- I have to agree with you here..the MDC need to disabuse itself of the notion that all their supporters are idiots..the other ZANU tried this and look where it is now. Please MDC, a little respect please...If you were serious about this, why does former minister release the salaries of parastatal bosses..he knows them. Short of this, stop wasting everyone's time with this twaddle.

gutter poet - 4 January 2014

Above post should read..'why does former minister NOT release the salaries.. Apologies all round.

gutter poet - 4 January 2014

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”

Tinosamk - 4 January 2014

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