2012, the year our legislators got fat – versus the S**t we live in

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is the last day of the year 2012 and the year comes to an end with a lot of memories that are either good or bad for Zimbabwe. According to several media reports, this was the year when legislators demanded about US$8 million from Copac for the 90 days they were reportedly underpaid during the Constitution outreach. They said the US$25 per day they received was way below the approved allowance of US$75 per day for any parliamentary business. Also this year, it was reported that a total of 284 cross-party Zimbabwe MPs were seeking a US$8, 52 million loan facility to import new vehicles duty free. In January this year, the government was forced to

"..Top of the renage for MPs"

“..Top of the renage for MPs”

pay a flat fee of US$15 000  to each of the 244 serving legislators, meaning about US$3,6 million was shelled out to the MPs in sitting allowances. As if this was enough, our MPs also demanded an exit package saying their term of office was about to end. Mutare West MP Shuah Mudiwa said: “We are approaching the end of the session and we have no assurance that we will be coming back. Can the minister tell us if he is going to give us exit packages and allowances?” Lest we forget, some of these MPs siphoned the Constituency Development Funds. For their hard work, a perusal of the Hansard reveals that quite a number of them have never uttered a word since being elected into the august House. But then of course, a sitting MP, our parliament’s welfare committee chairman said “What the public must know is that if MPs and ministers are poorly paid, they will have to make up for the shortfall and end up with a corrupt society,”.

An outside glimpse

If you think that politicians are all glamorous and such, you haven’t met Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay who lives in a

"The world's poorest Prez"

“The world’s poorest Prez”

ramshackle farm and donates almost all of his pay. He’s the world’s poorest president: Laundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. Only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, keep watch outside. This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world. Elected in 2009, Mujica spent the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Uruguayan guerrilla Tupamaros, a leftist armed group inspired by the Cuban revolution. He was shot six times and spent 14 years in jail. Most of his detention was spent in harsh conditions and isolation, until he was freed in 1985 when Uruguay returned to democracy. Asked to comment on his lifestyle, he simple said “I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

The S**t we live in

In October, a coalition of church organisations warned government of massive protests in Bulawayo as people revolt against the water crisis being experienced in the country’s second largest city. In response to the crisis, our elected mayor Mr Thaba Moyo ordered a big flush. He said in September, “We are going to have a big flush every Monday to push all the waste that would have accumulated during

"Children are struggling in Zimbabwe"

“Children are struggling in Zimbabwe”

the water rationing,” Early this year, Doctors in Zimbabwe said more than 800 cases of typhoid have been reported in Harare, the capital, in an outbreak of the bacterial disease. In 2009, more than 4,000 people died in a devastating cholera outbreak blamed on a lack of clean water and the collapse of Zimbabwe’s sanitation system. Also this year, Harare City Council attached household goods from several residents for failing to pay rates. A messenger of court swooped on the defaulting residents in Rugare and Kuwadzana high-density suburbs, attaching everything from fans to sofas.

And with all this, the PREZ needs a break

In the meantime, Mugabe left Harare for Asia on Thursday where he will spend between three and four weeks with his family. He is said to be exhausted from dealing with problems of his luxurious government and needed a holiday somewhere

",,and the Joker comes to town" 并且说笑话者走向镇

“,,and the Joker comes to town” 并且说笑话者走向镇

where he could not be disturbed by sites of burst pipes and faces of poverty. In his words, Mugabe said “I am going to have a bit of a holiday and I am going to travel, possibly to China,” Anyway, goodbye Mugabe, welcome 2013 – the year I expect my vote to count.

“Happy new year”

  1. Thambie says:

    Che Africans, that’s how they play politics, All african countries are facing the same problems with the leadership, lack of leadership skills. Congradulate the Pres of Urugaua its like every politician can be like him. may there be light in 2013 for Africa whole

  2. Matshobana Ncube says:

    I cannot say more because you have just said it like it is. One wishes that we could supplant such a useless dictatorship if the elections were to occur in the new year. But we are so fractured that to me it appears Mugabe will be laughing all the way to the bank so to speak. Let’s wait and see, time will tell.

  3. Rejoice Ngwenya says:

    I hope we doesn’t return to his s**t country! In 2013, I’ll be grumpy, irritable and ready to change the regime.

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