Broke govt offers MPs stands

HARARE - Government has offered MPs and senators residential stands in lieu of their outstanding allowances.

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere (pictured) confirmed the deal in Senate on Thursday, saying the ruling Zanu PF and opposition MDC chief whips had already been advised.

This comes as a similar offer has been roundly rejected by civil servants, who were given three options in lieu of their 2016 bonuses.

“We are aware that some of our Senators and members of the National Assembly are owed money and it is in that context that when we discussed with (Finance) minister (Patrick) Chinamasa and two chief whips from the two political formations, we agreed that there could be a process of netting off what MPs are owed by government,” Kasukuwere said.

“In turn, the Finance ministry will make available that financial support for us so that at least we can service the land,” he said, adding that “the land that has been identified . . . is along Enterprise Road, on your way to Shamva and Mutoko, what is outstanding is for us to service it”.

Kasukuwere said government is “already in the process of raising funding alongside with the civil service housing scheme so that we accommodate our senators and members of the National Assembly”.

“Every one of us would love to have a property in Harare but it is also very expensive for my ministry on its own without the sufficient financial support to get it started,” he said.

“However, we are in contact and discussions with the Finance ministry, which has assured us that we will get the relevant support to service the land.”

Under the rejected residential stands offer, government offered to settle the restive civil servants’ overdue bonuses through giving them land or a cash stipend coupled with non-monetary benefits or property investment bonds.

However, teachers unions, including the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz), spurned the offer, saying land cannot be used as a bonus payment.

Comments (2)

Honestly where does this government think land will come from in future as they are treating it as an infinite commodity? When ever they fail to pay their due, its land offered. Now, the moronic minister of local government, Savior Kasukuwere, is even stupid enough to suggest that people in low lying areas like Tsholotsho, who are prone to flooding when there are heavy rains, be moved to different areas. Why? Instead of adopting different methods of constructing their huts so they dont drown when heavy rains are experienced, which is once in a while. If you look at places like Bangladesh and the Indian sub continent, every year they experience monsoons which destroy their homes and property, but no one talks of moving them. Ours is only once maybe in ten years, and someone says move. What kind of logic is that??? You go to some places like Thailand, where floods are perpetual, the people build their homes on raised platforms like they do with local graneries. Why not adopt the same method with huts????

MR COOPER - 18 March 2017

I think once the land is finished,the government will start paying its workers by giving them all government owned buildings and vehicles.

widzo - 20 March 2017

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