Zanu PF will never reform: Biti

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s move to reverse Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s measures aimed at curbing government’s unsustainable expenditure proves that Zanu PF will never reform, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tendai Biti, said.

In his 2016 Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review, Chinamasa announced that government was trimming the bloated civil service by lay off 25 000 workers, reducing foreign missions and suspending public servants bonuses for two years — 2016 and 2017.

However, the measures were immediately shot down by government, which insisted that civil servants bonuses were still going to be paid, despite it failing to fund 2015’s 13th cheques.

This, Biti warned, clearly demonstrates Zanu PF’s reluctance to reform, taking the country on a disastrous path consequently.

“Zanu PF is a creature still living in the 14th century and is oblivious to the imperator and duty to reform,” he said.

The former Finance minister urged the international community not to consider the Zanu PF-led government’s requests for financial assistance.

“Any policy approach at this late stage based on a belief that the regime can reform and that the economy is the point of entry, will be naïve and foolish,” he said.

In April last year, Chinamasa braved another humiliation by Mugabe after he announced that government had suspended civil servants’ bonuses until 2017, owing to a shrinking tax base.

But barely a week later, Mugabe made a fool of the Treasury chief after, in his populist approach, dismissed Chinamasa’s bonus suspension, saying the move was disgusting.

“The biggest challenge of the Zanu PF government is the failure to live within its means and the assumption that money grows on trees. Chinamasa must take full responsibility for abandoning the cash budgeting principle. We eat what we kill,” he said.

He said the government is racing towards a complete shutdown, adding that it deal with the issue of ghost workers, cut Mugabe’s overseas trips and deal with corruption.

His remarks are on the back of Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo declaring that Zanu PF government will not consider implementing any reforms, including the electoral ones that opposition parties are clamouring for.

Addressing journalists in Bulawayo recently, Moyo said implementing the electoral reforms is tantamount to “reforming ourselves out of power”.

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