Mugabe's wrong speech costs Zim over $50k

HARARE - When President Robert Mugabe ploughed through the wrong speech two weeks ago, he did not only waste the country’s time but also cost government thousands of dollars as Parliament had to reconvene the next day.

Parliament had to be recalled for another sitting the following day so that Mugabe’s correct speech could be tabled after the nonagenarian had presented a wrong speech at the opening of the third session of the eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe.

Conservative estimates put the figure at $50 000 of taxpayers’ money, inclusive of sitting allowances and accommodation.

There are 350 members from both houses of Parliament who are entitled to $75 in allowances for every sitting, amounting to about $26 250.

Moreover, most of the legislators and senators also get housed at Harare’s top hotels, which charge over $150 per night, bed and breakfast.

Notwithstanding the price arrangement the government might have with the hotels, Treasury forks out around $30 000 per day for the travel expenses and accommodation for the legislators.

Mugabe repeated the speech he delivered during the State of the Nation Address address last month word for word.

MDC proportional representation MP Thokhozani Khupe argued in Parliament last week that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who presented the President’s correct speech in Parliament, should make a public apology for costing the nation.

“Mr Speaker Sir, what I expected from the Vice President, the moment he opened his mouth, was for him to apologise to this House and indeed, to the nation, to say we are very sorry.

“Mr Speaker Sir, today I am speaking as a mother and it is important that we understand each other.

“I expected an apology because there are resources involved. Parliament has been recalled today and we are using taxpayer’s money. They would like to know the reason why the House was recalled today,” Khupe said.

“Mr Speaker Sir, I also expected our newspapers to be awash with stories to say no, we are very sorry about what happened and an explanation given.

“There was need to also say heads have already started rolling because of what happened. This is not a small matter by the way, neither is it a laughing matter.

“This is a serious matter which has embarrassed our President and this country, we do not want that.

“I think as a people, we must now change our ways of doing things. So it is important that Mr Speaker Sir, an apology is given.”

Comments (4)

regai kungogaro maka president ne zvisina basa vanhu ve daily news. $50 000,00 chi even kwamuri. it was a mistake. we all make them at some point in our lives. no one can claim not to make mistakes.

taurai - 27 September 2015

I agree with taurai kuti it was a mistake but the worst thing and also highly questionable is that his excellency read it from the first capital letter to the last full stop without realising that he was reading the wrong speech. How do you explain this?

Chinos - 28 September 2015

@chinos, you disarmed me. certainly, i do not have an explanation to the question you asked. i wish his excellency was capable of processing information like he did before. the truth of the matter is baba vakura. though i admire him very much, i guess its time the party rested him. he has been a great leader but time appears fizzling out of his grip.

taurai - 28 September 2015

the problem with Mugabe's wrong speech can only be understood if we first assess the background. who writes the speech, who proof reads it, who has the final say and eventually who is responsible overally of its correctness et al? i should guess that the secretary in the presidency is overally responsible for all the speeches written for the president as i have never seen moreso heard of a president who writes his speeches. if this hypothesis is correct then someone in the presidency must explain who this erraneuos and embarrassing situation occurred to the president. despite the old age of our president, the responsibility for not having seen that bit was an old speech doesnt not squarely rest with him as he must, 'i guess', trust his lieutenants to do the right job. george charamba must be responsible for all this. this is all about succession politics, look who read the corrected speech. its crocodile's plan to outshine bob so as to be seen in light for take over. i am just hoping that this succession nonsense does not get bloody as we near 2018 since zanupf is well known for such and they are so good at it no one can doubt them. hokoyo ngwena! jonso sleep with your eyes open otherwise waenda....

Dr Amai (ePhD in less than 3months) - 28 September 2015

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