Zimbabwe

I’m earning $4 000, Mugabe claims

2014-04-22 10:15
President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly claimed that he earns a monthly salary of $4 000, the lowest for any head of state in southern Africa.

According to The Herald, the veteran leader disclosed his salary during an interview with Ghanaian-born British journalist and film-maker Roy Agyemang for a BBC documentary titled "Robert Mugabe @ 90".

Mugabe said he was earning $4 000, adding "we should recognise the hard times at the moment". This is despite the fact that he owns a $20m mansion in the posh Borrowdale suburb of Harare where his daughter Bona wedded in February.

Highest-paid boss

Mugabe's salary is also far less than the tens of thousands of dollars earned by bosses at under- performing state-linked enterprises, the report said.

The highest-paid boss at a state-linked enterprise took home $43 693 every month.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, recently revealed that executives in State-linked firms chewed up about $600m in salaries and allowances since 2009, and $133m last year alone.

The money, Moyo said, was pocketed by about 3 000 individuals who sat on boards or were chief executives and senior managers of the country’s 78 parastatals and state enterprises.

- News24

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