Zimbabweans criticise finance minister on social media

2016-09-10 09:31
Patric Chinamasa. (File: AFP)

Patric Chinamasa. (File: AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabweans on Friday took to social media to express their anger after the country's finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa announced a series of fiscal undertakings, as he admitted that the government was battling to pay civil servants.

Presenting the mid-term budget to parliament, Chinamasa revised the growth rate from the projected 2.7% to 1.2%, blaming the decline on an ongoing regional drought, investment shortfalls and a perennial cash crunch.

Chinamasa said that the government was planning on cutting its budget deficit by reducing the number of its workforce by at least 25 000, while also reducing the allowance and salaries of top government officials including those of cabinet ministers.

In a series of tweets, former finance minister Tendai Biti said that the government was incapable of bringing down the huge wage bill.

Biti said that it was impossible to have reforms without reformers in the country.

It's not possible to have reform without reformers. Besides ZANU will not reform itself out of power.  https://t.co/gpuv3Kb7No

— TENDAI BITI (@BitiTendai) September 8, 2016

Ridiculous misrepresentation .GDP growth is -3.8 % in 2016. No single sector of the economy is performing  https://t.co/9bVeXWnIVO

— TENDAI BITI (@BitiTendai) September 8, 2016

Budget deficit now close to 30% of GDP. Full disclosure of size and source of domestic debt must be made  https://t.co/3hxzQA4fcD

— TENDAI BITI (@BitiTendai) September 8, 2016

In other words we are living way beyond our means .Fiscal disequilibrium at the center of the crises.#Mismanagement  https://t.co/7JayuQYG6F

— TENDAI BITI (@BitiTendai) September 8, 2016

Meanwhile, according to NewsDay , Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai  predicted that by the end of this year, the ruling Zanu-PF government would have collapsed, as it "has no clue how to increase its revenue base".

"This is total disaster, we are headed nowhere and soon it will be a shutdown. The budget deficit is growing and nothing is being done to stop that. Really, this is the end of the regime," the party’s secretary for economic affairs, Tapiwa Mashakada was quoted saying. 

The cash-strapped government had in recent months been slow to pay the salaries of public sector workers, resorting to staggered pay dates for various departments.

A string of protests had since erupted, despite attempts by "ruthless" security forces to crush the demonstrations. 

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