Zimbabwe

Salary scandal: Mugabe aide 'offers to resign'

2014-02-10 14:56
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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba has reportedly offered to resign following reports of massive corruption in the country’s public sector.

According to newzimbabwe.com, Charamba - who has reportedly been fingered in some of these scandalous revelations - also called on cabinet ministers who presided over the affected public entities to be honourable and do the same.

The media in recent weeks has been awash with stories exposing obscene salaries in public institutions.

The most shocking revelations have related to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which Charamba is effectively responsible for as permanent secretary of the information ministry, said the report.

An even bigger scandal emerged at the government-run health insurer for civil servants PSMAS, where the chief executive earned $230 000 per month while service providers were not paid and members had to pay cash upfront for health care.

Grand scheme

Charamba is a board member at PSMAS and reportedly drew over $100 000 in allowances last year alone, the report said.

Information minister Jonathan Moyo revealed during the weekend that President Robert Mugabe was “dismayed” by the pay scandal and instructed that misters act to stop the rot.

Analysts have however treated investigations by the government into the operations of state enterprises with suspicion, saying the ongoing purges were likely part of a grand scheme of political cleansing as the same executives were appointed by parastatal boards appointed by government ministers.

According to the News Day, analysts said the government was in a desperate economic fix and the new drive against corruption was probably meant to woo foreign investors who demanded a clear–cut system of checks and balances in public parastatals.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  george charamba  |  jonathan moyo  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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