We feel for Chinamasa

HARARE - Who needs enemies, the so-called “lunatic fringe” or the non-existent “putschist cabal” of former Vice President Joice Mujuru when one’s boss is Robert Mugabe; the President of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces — as lickspittle State media always remind all “naughty” Zimbabweans.

Well, these embarrassing Zanu PF megaphones might as well add other fittingly lofty titles such as The Giver of Life, The Infallible One, President Wamuyaya (Chichewa for Life President), and Bestower of Rights and Benefits such as Civil service Bonuses! But we digress.

We feel for Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa — an often decent and pragmatic man — who is having to perform an impossible egg-dance to placate his economically illiterate boss, Mugabe, over the civil servants’ bonuses debacle.

Chinamasa now says Mugabe’s irrational directive to reinstate the bonuses will be implemented as crassly decreed by his boss while the nonagenarian was making his typically populist address at Saturday’s Independence Day commemorations in Harare.

This was after Chinamasa had announced the suspension of the bonuses for the next two years, in line with the necessary measures that he has been trying to take to alleviate the cash squeeze on Mugabe’s broke government.

Tellingly, Chinamasa still told Mugabe the truth, albeit via obsequious State newspapers, saying yesterday: “We were bound to make the mistakes given the budgetary pressures weighing heavily on the shoulders of Treasury.

“Primarily the challenges we are facing in meeting the 2014 bonus commitments, the challenges to do with the payment of pensions and wages for our foreign missions. The challenges to do with our failure to remit contributions to the Premier Service Medical Aid Society for the good health of the bulk of civil servants as well as the challenge in meeting the debt repayment commitments we have made to our creditors so as to open doors in the future for new resources to be made available to us so as to sustain our country’s journey to economic recovery.”

As polite as this was, Chinamasa still sent the correct message to Number One — that we are stuffed as a nation — and we can only say hear, hear to that!

Everyone in Zimbabwe, perhaps except Mugabe, knows that the government is stone broke and that scrapping civil servants’ bonuses was a tiny but necessary step in the long-term journey to full national economic recovery.

So, where will this money come from, or be borrowed from, and to be paid back how?

If the government borrows this unaffordable money or raises additional taxes from already over-taxed businesses and individuals, then the country will be on fast track to failed State status.

Comments (7)

if what the president said is hard to implement then chinamasa do resign.period!!!

papilokoto - 21 April 2015

Let all Zimbabweans say amen to this. Hear, hear indeed!!!M

Kt - 21 April 2015

vachinamasa musabweze muchidaro kana zvinhu zvakaoma zvakaoma do ever try to please vamugabe muchiti it was a mistake to announce kuti there is no bonus for two years. my question mr chinamasa is after you had said bonus hakuna for 2015&2016 kopa2017mari yacho yaizovanikwa kupi?panenge padongorerwa maelections thats why maizoda kudzosera kutengera macivil servants.

chidhura - 21 April 2015

Why want to remove bonus from grossly underpaid civil servants?Ndoohutsinye ka ihoho.Removing civil servants bonus does not at all solve Zim 's economic problems.Our economic problems can only end if Mugabe's reign is stooped and not when the civil servants bonus is stopped.

Cde Dokora - 21 April 2015

this guy's picture makes me feel very sorry for him. some people need a proper life not just pleasing other men like this. get a life sekuru.

tula - 21 April 2015

Meanwhile the $230,000 a month from PSMAS and PSMI, Zanu PF Cuthbert Dube has been re instated at the same salary (not even going to start on the benefits that take him to $500,000 a month) and will be paid $3,000,000 for the months he has not working. Civil servants on the other hand earning on average $300, will each get their bonus of $300, thanks to the Bonus Hero, The Head of State and Government, Commander in Chief of the Zimabwe Defence Forces, Giver of 4 Buses to the Xenophobia Victims in South Africa and Landside Majority Winne of any Elections Presided over by Rita Makarau.

Nehoreka - 21 April 2015

"Lickspittle State Media" kikikikikikik!

Guranyanga - 21 April 2015

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