Zimbabwe set to beg for poll funds

2012-10-26 12:12

Cape Town - Zimbabwe will soon take a begging bowl to Western countries and world bodies for funds to bankroll the constitutional referendum and the forthcoming elections as the country has no money, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said.

Newsday reported on Friday that Biti told a 2013 National Budget consultative meeting in Bulawayo that Treasury coffers could not fund the two processes which, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), required a staggering $104m.

"The 2013 budget is the crucial one in the lifespan of the inclusive government because it’s a pre-election budget," Biti said.

"However, we do not have adequate resources to fund the elections on our own. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and China and the United Nations have an obligation to fund the elections, in as much as they fund our education and health sectors.

"They should come to the party. We will soon approach them for assistance."

Biti did not, however, mention when a formal approach would be made or exactly how much he would be appealing for.

The date for the referendum is yet to be set, but President Robert Mugabe has already indicated that he wants elections in March next year.

Mugabe, who has been in power for more than three decades, is under pressure from regional leaders to hold free and fair elections with a new democratic constitution.

The last elections in 2008 were fraught with violence, which primarily targeted Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party.


  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-26 12:18

    Sell a few presidential houses, some of the world wide properties,bring the kids back from fancy overseas universities,hock a few presidential cars, you will have more than enough money with pockmoney to spare.

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-10-26 12:32

      Zimbabwe gets what Zimbabwe deserves. You voted and supported this idiot for all this time, whilst the writing was on the wall. Suffer. And when you watch your children starve to death, blame only YOURSELF. No more money from the west. remember, the colonials stole everything from you, then you stole it back. Self governance is ALL you need to eradicate the BOB disease.

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-10-26 12:58

      Theres always a lot of comments from ANC and ANCYL supporters, who believe Mugabe is the next best thing. Dont see any of their comments on this one, or am I a bit early??? Eitherway, Im saving this URL and will respond with it to the next idiot who believes Mugabe knows how to run contry.

      gustav.kriel.3 - 2012-10-26 12:59

      Didn't malema say Zim was doing very good on their own?

      gustav.kriel.3 - 2012-10-26 13:00

      anyways.... give them nothing!

      rsole.sole - 2012-10-26 13:03

      Get rid of the cockroaches running the country and maybe the west will "come to the party"

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-26 13:09

      How ironic. What hypocrites they are. Colonial this, colonial that, and then out with the begging bowl and present it to the colonials. Stuff you people, blithering idiots.

      Buzzbar - 2012-10-26 13:14

      But why beg for funds? Zim is the shining example of how a country should be run without the need for the imperialists or their money. Personally, I would only have two words for them, the second word being

      elgh.elgh - 2012-10-26 13:26

      Mugabe will make sure that his party win again in anyway, so why do they want money for the polls if we already know what the outcome of the election will be.

      ttmqetu - 2012-10-26 14:26

      NO NO NO NO..yu guys need a bit f education, its South Africa who endorsed him as president after he lost all the elections, so SA shud pay, yu treat him lyk a hero when all zimbos hev rejected him, he lost all elections and evn Pan African Observer team agreed that he lost...but stil SA kept on endorsing him...i warn yu guys in 10 yrs yu wil b cryin, dnt frgt SA's debt is growing and by the end f this yr SA wil b sitting on US$1,25 trillion in debt....yu'l get wat yu deserve

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-26 19:42

      Danie whilst it is true that the ordinary people are ultimately responsible the donors have played their part too. As long as they keep bankrolling corrupt and oppressive regimes; what chance does the ordinary person have to end it. The people voted for Tsvangirai in good faith and he has since betrayed them. It is none other than the West that has all these continued to treat Tsvangirai as if he is the most competent man on earth!They did the same thing with Mugabe for decades. The West's hypocracy has undermined Africa's effort to build a just society. Donors will bankroll Zimbabwe endorsing a process they would dismiss in their own country!

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-10-27 13:56

      @ Wilbert - there is a difference between the donors giving money to support Mugabe, and giving money to support Zimbabwe. The fact that donors money is STOLEN, MISUSED or CHANNELED by these despots, can be traced to all ex colonial countries. The people of Zim have the power. In life, evey action has a reaction. The action they take when they go to the polls and make a cross, has caused the demise of Zimbabwe. Stop blaming the west, and aaccept some responsibility. In any type of addiction treatment, the first step to a ''solution'' is acknowledgement of the addiction. NO MORE DENIALS. Then, and only then, will Zimbabwe move forward. Whilst this attitude of blame placed on the ''West'', ''Colonials'' or the ''Muzungu'' remains, the people of Zim will suffer and die. South Africa is on the same path. Roll on Africa. Not because we are black, but because we refuse to accept responsibility for our ACTIONS and our CHOICES.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-26 12:21

    Oh, I forgot, please tell me why anyone has an"obligation" to fund dictators?

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-10-26 12:44

      Especially one that said the west can go hang and wanted to do it "the African way".

      georg.potgieter - 2012-10-26 12:46

      Good question - my first thoughts too. The West did not create the mess, why should it do the cleaning up? Mugabe can fund the election from his back pocket.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-26 16:42

      Excellent question.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-26 19:48

      You are right Gary donors are funding dictators here and they have the audecity to say it is the people they are helping and not the dictator!

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-26 19:51

      George the West have played their part; who has been bankrolling this GNU?

      digger.dighead - 2012-10-27 22:47

      Same old story...blame the white for all their mistakes and failures, then call them snakes and tell them to leave. Then go back to them and beg for money because your country cant even pay for an election let alone feed the masses or offer them jobs so they can feed themselves...oh yes Malema Zim have it right!!!! Bunch of idiots the lot of them, so blinded by they will cut off their nose to spite their face. Wake up you lot and face reality, vote with your brain and start getting behind people that can really make a difference in your life not just blow smoke up your ass for their own gain.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-26 12:27

    Assamblief baas ek soek hom die two rand.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-26 12:28

    This is what happens if control is given to the common sub saharan velcro crested wallet snatcher !!!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-26 12:31

    That it, that is the style - go beg at the doors of those you spit on to help you and after that spit on them again. Colonialism suites them when broke.

  • rageltjie.koekemoer - 2012-10-26 12:33

    Mugabe, proud and independent but please give generously!

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-26 12:36


      bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-26 12:53

      We can lol together.

  • wendy.craig.9655 - 2012-10-26 12:40

    Do these people have NO pride? How disgusting to beg from those whom you viciously attack at every opportunity.

      james.hunt.161214 - 2012-10-26 12:57

      Pride, compassion, accountability, preventative maintenance, provision etc. These are words with no meaning in most of Africa.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-26 12:42

    Africa @ work...

  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-26 12:48

    Oh so the imperialist must now pay now right? You hate the western goverments but when you want money it's a diufferent story. Don't give them a bloody cent!! The elections will be rigged, as in all of Africa, so no point. It will just line their pockets further. BIG party when Mugabe dies!!!

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-10-26 12:51

    are you F-king kidding me?!

      sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-10-26 13:07

      I was going to write that!!!

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-26 12:52

    Didn't you know, Zim is successful why would they need to bring out the begging bowls...oh that's right.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-10-26 12:52

    Why go to elections? Mugabe must step down and give power to the MDC. ZanuPF is the reason the country is so power. that should boost the economy big time.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-26 12:54

    Never mind how they get the money. What beats me is that they gallavant around the world accusing those countries of colonialism, imperialism, racism (have I left out any of the usuals??) and in the next breath, the ask those very same countries for help. It appears to be unique to Africa. My question is this; are they truly clever and assume we will succumb to their rhetoric, have they truly got genetic amnesia or are they just plain stupid? I don't think it is the first one because that would imvariably have led to to some progress..somewhere which I somewhat fail to see. So, it has to be one of the other options. If I check how well any action that does not suit blacks is remembered, revered and used for political/financial gain, that puts option two out of the equation. If I then look at what has been done to our education system to ensure acceptable pass rates and if I sit back and watch the daily soap opera from parlament with little childrens minds in adult bodies and clothes, I have no option but to settle for the third choice. I just find it downright insulting.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-26 12:55

    Its amazing how you hate the west and you just expect them to come to the party and give you money???? They have no obligation to give money to a country run by a dictator. You ZANU-PF ran that country to the ground, you want money then take the money you have stolen and pay for it yourselves. It's AMAZING when you African countries want something you go running to the west, but then once given to you you talk bad about the west. I hope the WEST gives you the middle finger. ..!..

  • james.hunt.161214 - 2012-10-26 12:55

    Not so long ago our own famous Mal-Emma went there and had a lot to say as well. Mugabe has on many occasions said he needs nothing from Bush or England. So why now? How much of the "loans" from SA has been repaid? Screw him and the donkey he rides on!

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-10-26 13:03

    Where are the pro Malema fools now? Idiots

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-26 13:04

    WTF......! So now they can't even afford to vote......Mugabe......the joke gets even bigger. So now once the west gives money, they pull off a general election, then they call it none and void so they can ask for more money to hold another and so on and so on.... wait for Mugabe to kick the bucket, and Grace o be arrested for owning to much shoes before worrying about Zimbabwe.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-26 13:05

    And this is Mr Malema and the ANCYL role model?

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-26 13:13

    Please note all ancyl has-beens, Zim is a rip roaring success. The outstreched palm yet again.

  • pjbadenhorst - 2012-10-26 13:16

    Surely there must still be something left in the country to appropriate or nationalise?

  • David.J.Swart - 2012-10-26 13:16

    If the Zibabwe is so great under the current ZANUPF rule why do they then not have enough money to hold an election? Now they want the countries that Mugabe blames for their current chaos to fund it. When will they finally admit their the current ZANUPF is responsible for the current economic mess the country is in. Mugabe's regime is responsible and the only time anyone should ever put any money into that country is when ZANUPF is no longer the government!

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-10-26 13:17

    Article doesn't mention the fact that Mugabe actually lost the last election and refused to give up power. What's going to be different this time?

      ttmqetu - 2012-10-26 14:37

      yu seem to be the only informed 1 around

  • reinette.berg - 2012-10-26 13:28

    Elections?? For what?? Bob doesn't take elections seriaaaasly anyway! The West?? You really try to tell me they need money from whities?? Hahahahahahahahaha!

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-10-26 13:28

    So Mal-bucket, do you still think SA can learn from Zim?

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-27 20:15

      Of course yes....get the west to sponsor the next SA election ;-)

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-26 13:31

    can someone please show this to fat boy malema and ask him his response , and tell fatboy he cannot deny this and say its west propoganda, would to love to know fat boys response

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-26 14:31

      He's there at the moment, apparently give advice to the Dept of Finance.

  • Barend.Jacobus.Engelbrecht - 2012-10-26 13:47

    Nobody is under any OBLIGATION to fund your corrupt government. This is the problem with all African Countries (including South Africa) - this damn entitlement mindset. We are well on our way to become a second Zimbabwe, hoping that the Western countries will fill our empty bowls and back pockets. Tell the Government "Elite" to stop eating their damn KFC, stop mismanagement of funds (R260 mil upgrade to houses) and wake the f... up.

  • ttmqetu - 2012-10-26 14:35

    M surprised if not shocked....SA f all pple to jeer African leaders, is this a joke..with the leaders that yu hev yu wil b greece in 5yrs, check yo financial indicators..shame

      sammy.swiegers - 2012-10-26 15:21

      You are clearly NOT aware that most people who comment here are of the opinion that our own SA leaders are INDEED NOT FIT TO RULE. We hate the ZanuPF as much as you do, now stop pointing fingers at the posters here, except the ones that support the ANCYL and Bob Mugabe.

      eddie.serane - 2012-10-27 07:26

      @sammy jst look what is hapening here n how inflation hits the country jst mark my words one day sa wil b lyk zim

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-26 15:16

    These okes hate white people so much but then have the audacity to ask for so much money to stage a sham election. I really hope that these racist pigs get no handout from any white nation, they can go and ask our fellow Africans for a hand out. Zuma will probably hand out our resources to mad bob.

      ttmqetu - 2012-10-26 15:51

      the zim finance minister is MDC ,he hates Mugabe just like yu do and he and Tsvangirai are the so called puppets of the WEST,,,,,,evn SA z borowing in case yu ddnt noe, just giving yu facts,,,,hwevr i agree that Africa must finance its own elections, but hw is it possible wth the calibre of leaders we have :(

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-26 15:54

      @TT. Vote for capable leaders.

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-10-26 15:47

    "Have an OBLIGATION to fund the election in the same way as education and food" the mind boggles! It's official Zim is a hostage crises with the dictator using the suffering of his nation as leverage!

  • - 2012-10-26 18:30

    In the dominant Shona dialect in Zim, the is no 'L'. Every 'L' is replaced by 'R'. So I do not see the 'erections' there happening any time soon.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-10-26 18:47

    @ Floyd (ANCYL) This is the country you will have us follow as the leading African Country.They have requested for help from the WEST! Countries such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and China and the United Nations have an obligation to fund the elections, in as much as they fund our education and health sectors. So if we follow Zimbobwe we should soon be begging .......Is that what you call a model country?You poor delusional sod!

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-26 19:31

    The COPAC constitution is a joke; it will never deliver free and fair elections and Mugabe has already said he will not accept any more democratic reforms. One has to ask why donors would want to bankroll an electoral process that is clearly denying the people their basic and fundamental right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country.

  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-10-26 21:01

    Why the fu#$ do the UK, Norway, China and the UN have ANY obligation to fund them. The crazy despot , Robert Mugabe is after all lauded by African countries as teh leader who has done it all without help from the West.

  • eben.potgieter - 2012-10-27 06:38

    "They have an obligation" Really, why?

  • marion.wannenberg - 2012-10-28 15:16

    OMG, next to the anc you okes are the biggest joke. Bob must just die already, problem solved!!

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-29 01:25

    No international begging-bowl funds for Zim, unless Donor-counntries can get legitimate and unhindered Observers in place and in sufficient numbers, to effectively monitor the run-up to, as well as the referendum and election process.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-10-29 09:23

    Zimbabwe & Begging Bowl in black gnarled claws AGAIN? from the very whites that they have slapped and killed for all this time? who would have thought of this ever happening!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-29 11:19

    Help from the Breeteesh?

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