Zim to beg for poll funds - $192m required

2013-01-30 10:36

Cape Town – Zimbabwe is set to source funds from the international community for the forthcoming referendum and general elections after principals in the country’s inclusive government agreed to a new constitution last week.

According to a report by Herald online, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa and his finance counterpart Tendai Biti were tasked with sourcing money for the two events from donors.

At least $85m is needed for the referendum, while elections require $107m.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had budgeted $220m for the two events, but the amount has been reviewed to $192m.

The reduction in the budget followed the scrapping of the delimitation exercise that was going to consume some of the funds.

Chinamasa said he would meet Biti to work on modalities to source the funds.

"Yes, we are going to do that and I have put up suggestions to minister Biti which we are going to discuss...," said Chinamasa.

Minister Biti, who is also the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general, confirmed that they were charged with extending the begging bowl to donors.

He said government coffers were empty and last month they struggled to pay civil servants.

"The president and the prime minister wrote to me and minister Chinamasa instructing us to source money to fund elections from the international community," said Biti.

"We will be approaching the international community on the basis of that letter."

The elections are expected to bring to an end a shaky power-sharing government that President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were forced into in 2009 after deadly and disputed polls held the previous year.

  • rory.jarrett - 2013-01-30 10:43

    Hope they won't be approaching the 'colonial west' for funds. Bob sort out your own mess that you have masterminded in your own country.

      cameronrh1 - 2013-01-30 10:52

      Hahaha, yea i find it rather funny. Everyones anti west until they need money, then they are the first ones to arrive begging and asking for forgiveness lol!

      Flippncool - 2013-01-30 11:44

      They can use Banana leaves.

      kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-30 11:45

      How about another donation from South Africa's Tax payers? We keep on paying and the government keeps on spending our money on irrelevant and immoral transactions. Please as if this election of theirs will be absolutely democratic! We all know how this guy operates. Blame the west but then beg for their help.....your old man, take a load off.

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-01-30 12:06

      This is how African countries operate. Firstly denounce and get rid of all "colonial influence" that built any infrastructure in the country. Call them thieves, and make them the enemy of the people. RULE the country, not govern it, become a dictatorship but insist on calling it a democracy. Destroy the economy and with that the infrastructure that was left. And then turn face down with outstretched hands to the "enemy" and "westerners" and "colonialists" begging for aid (oh and don't forget to blame them for being in the position that you need aid - because nothing is EVER your fault or responsibility) This, unfortunately is also the future of Africa's largest economy with current leadership.

      gerasimos.komnenus - 2013-01-30 21:21

      Here's a message to sub Saharan Africa- Begging is a way of life for Africans. It is the result of poor planning , incorrect assessment of ones capabilities, a product of inherent stupidity, arrogance in the face of logic, greed in the face of poverty, laziness in the guise of opportunism and denial of accountability. That is why the ANC will also fail and that is why beggars become slaves. When someone cannot accept responsibility for their actions and deny that they are incapable they will succumb to slavery and begging.

  • asdhasgd - 2013-01-30 10:49

    So when uncle bob is rolling in cash he insults the "Western" civiizations and White imperialists but when he needs money he's fine with begging. Cant someone just drown him or something already??

      rontheogre - 2013-01-30 13:35

      Is this not the same man that in November of last year said that they do not need the help of Western countries??? they just do not know when to keep their traps shut.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2013-01-30 10:50

    WTF is the point??? The voting will be rigged and 90% of the money will end up in Bobs Swiss Bank Account... Ridiculous considering the Country only has $297 in its bank account...

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-01-30 12:09

      A lesson for our looting elite and their cadre's, government bank accounts can eventually be emptied, that may be where we are heading to if we do not find a way to stop them. The $192m can easily be found by raiding Bob and his friends overseas bank accounts.

      Jeremy - 2013-01-30 13:04

      Colin, ironically a foreign donation might be just what's needed to ensure the elections are (more or less) free and fair. If any country does donate funds, I hope the condition is that that country is allowed to have election monitors at polling points around the country.

  • delish7564 - 2013-01-30 10:51

    What a joke. You got your country into this mess, you sort it out - what an obscene amount of money to spend given the poverty of the country!!

  • neil.ross.5473 - 2013-01-30 10:51

    Where's all the blood diamond money? Maybe bob should also cut back on the shopping sprees to Singapore and sell some of his many overseas mansions. And he will approach the hated colonialist West for money. His buddies in the East don't believe in elections and democracy (not that bob does either for that matter).

  • dave.ueckermann - 2013-01-30 10:52

    What is the bet that our so called government will make a donation of MY HARD EARNED money to zim just like they have for mali and other countries including zumaville. Lack of capital letters is intentional. NO RESPECT

  • daluxolo.dalu.9 - 2013-01-30 10:54

    Why waste money on elections that will never be free or fair, the 192 million should better be used to build a children hospital

  • darryl.maze1 - 2013-01-30 11:12

    Thats it beg on your knees to the colonial west. I still hope they say no. See what happens when you kick the coloniels out the country goes down, ppl starve and then when you want help the first ppl you run to is the west or europe. Sort your own mess out. You supported Mugabe, now deal with the problems.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2013-01-30 11:13

    Zimbabwe must be put on AUCTION end of story.

      asdhasgd - 2013-01-30 11:24

      Put it on Gumtree xD

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2013-01-30 11:16

    So...we must give RobbingKnob money to pay his soldiers to beat up voters to ensure that he wins another election...I see, I see, I get the picture. My cheque is in the post

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2013-01-30 11:20

    Any country that funds Mugabe and his party would be very foolish. He should be able to use all the money he steals from the country and use it to fund the polls. Reminds me of what is going to happen if South Africa goes the way of Zimbabwe and Zuma looks for money.

  • jared.l.schultz.3 - 2013-01-30 11:21

    I have a bad feeling the SA gov will send money to Zim very soon...

  • cecil.wright.142 - 2013-01-30 11:32

    When one incompetent government wants to send another incompetent government money they simply justify a huge petrol price increase to get money from the tax payer to send to these morons

  • theclanharris - 2013-01-30 11:32

    I reckon Bra Morgan should put a $132,000,000 bounty on Uncle Bob's sorry arse, that'll get a few folks to pull out their cheque books I'm sure, hell, I'd even make a sizable donation to see that old bastard cowering in some disused storm water pipe in downtown Harare!

  • motleleng - 2013-01-30 11:34

    Zimbabwe should be liquidated...

  • Ben - 2013-01-30 11:50


  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-30 11:55

    Use the expropriated diamond mine revenues! and if some/most of that has 'slip slided away' then go and get it back!

  • barnett.di - 2013-01-30 11:59

    Mugabe can keep his Zimbabwe.

  • mike.hoffmann.334 - 2013-01-30 12:03

    Bob has no problem action man Zuma and side kick Ramapokker will come to his rescue.

  • Cameron - 2013-01-30 12:03

    Where are all the pro Mugabe anti white imperialist groupies now???? Your idol is grovelling at the feet of these "white imperialist" countries...bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • terence.wessels - 2013-01-30 12:05

    Hahahaha. Mad Bob and his Zanu-PF thugs have done a brilliant job haven't they? No money in bank like 200 dollars lmfao! The ANC are copying Zanu-PF policies. Hmmm, wonder where we headed SA? These cANCer guys aren't too bright you know.

  • grant.mccall.12 - 2013-01-30 12:20

    Magabe don't forget zuma is your neighbour and you can count on his support as he has lots of money to waste. The homeless, jobless & staving in our country will only be too pleased to come to your assistance, but please remember your countrymen have already stolen all the jobs, robbed raped what is felt in South Africa.

      Saul Shauleen Mukwewa - 2013-01-30 21:59

      @Grant u really hate Zimbabweans! Gud luck to u!

  • Cheryl Lynne Botha - 2013-01-30 12:57

    Oh please, Bob and his cronies and every single voter who voted for him should just suck it up! You guys made your bed - now lie in it!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-30 13:21

    The zoomer will provide.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2013-01-30 13:27

    This ones are a disgrace, who told them that we are their lottery? what they need is pols to chuck mugabe out , not money.

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2013-01-30 13:38

    zim this zim that dont you have better stuff to talk about than that eish.its becoming sickening

      keith.ngobeni - 2013-01-31 17:15

      The truth hurts mister! We all no that, keep singing praises to that old wrinkle goblin in Harare, you'll end up eating your own kids flesh because of hunger! Like the North Koreans who are busy eating their own kids flesh because of femine caused by Kim jong ill and his son Kim jong un.

  • james.mtetwa.7 - 2013-01-30 15:57

    useless human being

  • james.mtetwa.7 - 2013-01-30 15:58

    He is a uselss piece of excrement

  • KCorsar - 2013-01-30 16:32

    now here is the opportunity to ensure a free and fair process for the people of Zimbabwe - conditions so water tight and prescriptive the fats cats will not be able to blink without having a monitor up their nostril.......

  • gerasimos.komnenus - 2013-01-30 21:16

    Here's a message to sub Saharan Africa- Begging is a way of life for Africans. It is the result of poor planning , incorrect assessment of ones capabilities, a product of inherent stupidity, arrogance in the face of logic, greed in the face of poverty, laziness in the guise of opportunism and denial of accountability. That is why the ANC will also fail and that is why beggars become slaves. When someone cannot accept responsibility for their actions and deny that they are incapable they will succumb to slavery and begging.

  • Johnson - 2013-02-03 18:04

    192$ to hold an election - absurd to beg for money to have an election - it can only be in Africa

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