Sekeramayi hits hard times

HARARE – Former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi appears to have hit hard times as the senator for Marondera is battling to settle some of his obligations, the Daily News can report.

According to the Progressive Agriculture and Allied Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Paawuz), the veteran politician — aged 74 — is struggling to pay his workers at his sprawling Ulva Farm in Mashonaland East.

Raymond Sixpence, the secretary-general of Paawuz, said the union which represents farm workers was forced to approach the Labour Court where the matter is still pending.

“He (Sekeramayi) owes over $40 000 in unpaid wages and allowances for his over 60 employees and we have since approached the Labour Court,” said Sixpence.

The soft-spoken ex-Health minister — who served in various capacities during former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year-long reign — was not responding to text messages sent to his mobile phone nor voice calls.

The Daily News can also report that Sekeramayi, who did not attend deliberations in the Senate yesterday, is also heavily indebted to power utility Zesa Holdings(Zesa) which has lately been coming hard on all defaulting customers.

Sources said the former Defence minister, who was tipped to succeed Mugabe before the despot’s cathartic fall last November, had since negotiated a payment plan with Zesa to avoid sequestration.

This was confirmed by Energy and Power Development minister Joram Gumbo yesterday.

“All individuals, all senior politicians — whether they are Zanu PF or MDC — have to pay and I can tell you that …Sekeramayi is one of those senior politicians in the country who came to me after his name had appeared in the media about his non-payment ... and said ‘things are tough on me but I have got a payment plan’ and Zesa readily accepted and that is what I encourage,” Gumbo said.

The Energy minister told the Daily News that he had since instructed the permanent secretary in the ministry of Energy to compile a list of all influential people who are in arrears to enable him to put pressure on them to pay up their dues.

Gumbo said under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, there won’t be any sacred cows.

“So what I have already done is to ask the permanent secretary to give me a list of debtors and that includes government ministers, senior people in government, companies, farmers, schools, mines, etc. I want them listed, and we will write to them asking them to come up with payment plans and clear their debts.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no one I have been told by the president that they must not pay for the power they use at their institutions, be it at their private homes, farms, schools, even government hospitals. None is exempted from paying and that includes me,” he said.

In 2012, the Daily News uncovered what became known as the Zesagate.

At a time the power utility was on a nationwide power disconnection campaign against defaulting consumers, it was revealed that Zesa was conveniently allowing bigwigs, who were stratified under the so-called “sensitive customers”, off the hook.

The defaulters included legislators from across the political divide, judges, provincial governors, ministers and their deputies and permanent secretaries.

Among the highest debtors was Mugabe and his wife Grace, who owed over $345 000 as at December 31, 2011.

At the time, Mnangagwa, who was also listed under the so-called “sensitive customers profile”, owed Zesa $240 824,03.

Comments (9)

Kana munhu akatora purazi ngaasenzemo furu tayimi zvinofamba. Izvo zvekuti ndirimu cabinet uko ndiri farmer hazvisirizvo. 40K dorazi hayizi mari hombe uye vaseenzi vanogona kuita vashoma...ko isu tinoita 5000 matani , pamwe kutodarika , nevashandi teni chete vamwe vachitambira 40K yacho pagore. Ko kupamuzukuru achirikukura ?

Inenharo zim - 10 October 2018

Nhamo yakonzera kutukana nenyaya ye randani pa nehanda yevarungu. Kusataura chirungu chevanhu zvinoreva kuti munhu haana kumbogara nevanhu hakusi kushayima mapepa. Mu UK hamuna murungu chete , mune mu sikoti , mu ayirishi , mu wereshi , kozouya ma dialects anopfuura gumi , kozoti ma Europeans -ma jerimani , ma furenji , ma itariyeni ,ma porishi , zvichingodaro. Ukanogara kunana furanzi , switsarendi ne jemeni unotochidzidza chavo...havambokuteerera. UK hayina hupenyu hwakanaka....ibasa chete. Ukapinda usatiwakura zvinokupinda unotaura saivo. Ukawona uchitadzawo kupinda kana kunodzidza chaiko zveshuwa midzimu inenge yaramba. Hakudi vanhu vanoshamisira nekuti havawoni masayaniro atakaita. Tinobatwa zvakafanana iniwo punha na purezidhendi kana purofesa vechirungu from UZ kana vaMasiyiwa tikasangana mubhawa. Kuzimbabwe vahazi vese vachena vanotaura chirungu , mamwe mabhunu...komunodiiwo kuchitaura chibhunu hachinetse. 90% illiteracy level yemuzimbabwe inokonzerwa nechirungu.

ocology - 10 October 2018

And we're supposed to feel sorry for him????

Gogo - 10 October 2018

This man lived on the lap of luxury for 38 years & now pleads poverty. My left foot! He must claim his refund from the School of Jokes! Some of us were born at night but not LAST night!

Lloyd - 11 October 2018

They mismanaged their lives and he economy at the same time....... sorry guy

Mud - 11 October 2018

"There is time and opportunity for every business and great affliction for man. Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know........."

Daniel 5 - 11 October 2018

So here we have Sekeremayi a former minister who stole a farm and now cannot operate it on a profitable basis. Solution - steal a bank and then problems over - so long as bank has USD inside & not mabondi notes. You cannot convert a subsistence farmer into a commercial farmer

ace mukadota - 13 October 2018

@ace - if you're not a shrewd businessman it doesn't matter what you steal. It will collapse. A bank is a temporary storage of funds, those USD in it don't belong to the "bank" it belongs to depositors - a fact lost on many Zimbabweans.

Sagitarr - 14 October 2018

I doubt that Sekeramayi is as broke as he would want the world to believe.It is just a ploy to keep away the anti corruption guys from having any interest in him.Sekeramayi has fallen out of favour from the current Zanu pf mafioso hence he wants to be seen to be someone who is struggling to make ends meet.I will bet my last bond note that most of the current and former ministers are just filthy rich especially the old guard who have been looting from almost every sector of the economy since 1980.They have built empires,the have chains of businesses,they have very expensive properties in most of the affluent suburbs,they have a fleet of vehicles.Most of these zanu pf guys pretend to have fallen on hard times whenever they fall out of favour with the regime.Sekeramayi should go to Mbare,Epworth,Hopley maybe he will have an appreciation of people who have really fallen on hard times,albeit for a long long time.

Luke Bikaz Bikela Bikaldo - 16 October 2018

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