Submit payrolls, Mpofu orders parastatals

HARARE - Transport minister, Obert Mpofu, has given all state parastatals falling under his ministry a two day ultimatum to furnish him with their payrolls.

This came as the minister ordered Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) to submit daily reports of toll gate collections and vehicle licensing fees.

“I expect full disclosure of all remuneration that you receive,” Mpofu told journalists yesterday after meeting parastatals chief executive officers.. "The concept of parallel payrolls if it has occurred in any of your parastatals must be fully disclosed to my office within the next 48 hours with all the bank details, the length of period this has happened and the list of beneficiaries

“Failure to disclose will be tantamount to insubordination which my ministry does not tolerate."

Mpofu demanded that chief executives favour him with regular operational reports so that he keeps abreast with developments in the parastatals.

He warned he will descend heavily on Zinara as there were complaints of corruption on toll gate fees.

“As for Zinara, with immediate effect, you are to submit a daily report on your collections from toll gates and vehicle licensing fees. The other collections will then be done monthly through management reports.”

Mpofu said he was mulling introducing more toll gates after Cabinet gave him a directive to look at establishing toll gates in higher yielding areas.

“The cabinet directed me to review the toll gates fees. Also, it instructed me to concentrate on areas that would yield higher returns like the periphery of cities. We are looking at introducing toll gates on roads such as Harare-Norton, Harare-Chitungwiza and Bulawayo-Nyamandlovu,” he said.

Asked to clarify what the review entailed, the minister said: “We are looking at a lot of factors. Motorists are prepared to pay as long as they know that the money is being put to good use. We are also looking for a proper accountability system. This can be achieved through proper tolling facilities.”

The chief executive officers complained that some board members used their political muscle to influence parastatals' operations, the minister told journalists.

Mpofu said he would deal with this by appointing professionals to the boards.

Meanwhile, Mpofu said the struggling National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) was looking for a South African investor.

“NRZ is looking for serious investors. Recently a team was dispatched to South Africa and met with the DBSA (Development Bank of Southern Africa) and other potential investors. I can assure you that in short space of time, NRZ will court an investor,” he said.

Following the media revelations that parastatals bosses were earning obscene salaries at a time the State firms were underperforming, Mpofu has been cracking the whip on parastatals which fall under him.

Last week, the minister fired boards at Air Zimbabwe, Zinara, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) for incompetence.


Comments (14)

Can the minister please shed light on Umguza road , which is being reportedly said to be gobbling US 2 million.

Alois Guzha - 18 February 2014

who told this dickhead that we are prepared to pay if the money is put to good use. Your stealing of money and diamonds and buying the whole of Vic falls in your eyes might be good use. You certainly should not penalize Norton and Chitungwiza residents . These are in the immdeiate periphery.

Mupinyu Wasvotoka - 18 February 2014

usati wa wongorara vamwe unofanirwa kumbonyatsoongororwa iwe wacho.

mbavha - 18 February 2014

The directive Coming from "YOUR MOST OBEDIENT SON" Madiamonds pasi tsve!! ZIMBABWE

Mukanya - 19 February 2014

Obert, you need to come out clean first on issues which people feel you benefited using your position as minister. First and foremost, the diamond issue will remain a sour taste in most peoples mouths. During your tenure as the minister of mines, nothing tangible was remitted to the treasury. Your idea of more toll gates on the periphery of Harare are non-starter. Just last week we heard that there has been a scandal worth millions of dollars involving toll gate funds. Our cars now need to have more regular services due to the poor state of the roads. First of all we need an audit of the money that has already been paid before you talk of more money siphoning ventures.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 19 February 2014

you are asking them to give you their pay rolls. will they give you the correct ones. remember it the salaries which are given through zanu pf which we want made known. police get about $300 to $700 dollars a month but through the back door zanu deals they drive the best cars in town. its not in the pay rolls but in the corruption mr mpofu. dont try and blind us. we are watching closely. in fact you are not the people to investigate anything because you yourself are in the system and will not ask for the area you are involved in get you caught. so dont waste our time mpofu. by the way we the people in fact know who is who. if you dare listen you will hear what people are saying. ask your cios well.

s - 19 February 2014

corruption has been in tune since long ago. why opening the worms now? Food for thought.

mbudzi yadhura - 19 February 2014

While Zimbabweans are keen to have corruption eradicted, its really disappointing that some of our ministers well known to be very corrupt pretend to crack the whip on this undesirable sociatal practice. As I have said in my previous postings; as long as calls are for end to corruption is going to be haphazardly condemned especially by those known to have benefitted from the practice, we are just wasting our time. If we are seroius about all this then govt. should have independent audits on all corrupt-ridden institutions without favour. Unfortunately, this will not happen because corruption has already become institutionalized & those trying to fight it are already beneficiaries, its going to be worse than Nigeria.

Huwori - 19 February 2014

Its good that he has started the clean up. After all is cleaned up then we will get to him to show us his cleanliness

Petso - 19 February 2014

Its good that he has started the clean up. After all is cleaned up then we will get to him to show us his cleanliness

Petso - 19 February 2014

Umguza road funds were sqauerered by ZINARA boss and DOC Nkululeko Gumbura Sibanda

mhofelac - 19 February 2014

Good going Mr. Minister but after getting the figures, lets publish them so that the public knows what their good servants are earning.

Mr. Pachokwadi - 19 February 2014

Good going Mr. Minister but after getting the figures, lets publish them so that the public knows what their good servants are earning.

Mr. Pachokwadi - 19 February 2014

Good going Mr. Minister but while we are bombarding the parastatals that are not showing good corporate governance, they are also those that are trying. Why don't we also parade them so that pple will be able to learn from good. This i think would also motivate the heads of those public institutions.

Chokwadi Chizere - 19 February 2014

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