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Press statement on proposed Government exit packages: Say no to
the Inclusive Government's politics of the belly
of the Peoples Charter (CPC)
February 08, 2013
of the Peoples Charter (CPC) is gravely disappointed with the departure
lounge intentions of the inclusive
government's ministers and the current Parliament
to award themselves 'exit' packages in the form of luxury
vehicles and houses, as reported in the February 8-14 edition of
the Zimbabwe Independent. Such an intention is grossly hypocritical
as well as thoroughly unjustified and undeserved.
In a year where the country
is facing a major drought as well as deplorable social services
where there is lack of clean drinking water, affordable health care
and a crisis in our education system, awarding these policy makers
these ridiculous exit packages would be the height of political
These leaders would do
well to be reminded that being in government is a service to the
people of Zimbabwe and not a mechanism through which they must seek
to enrich themselves. Unfortunately this latest intention is only
but the latest indication of the warped thinking that informs the
inclusive government where and when it comes to matters of allowances
and perks for its officials.
Against better advice,
the inclusive government has over the last four years had a ridiculously
high foreign travel bill, a penchant for purchasing luxury vehicles
for ministers and their deputies while simultaneously claiming that
the country has a mere US$217,00 in its bank account. That MPs and
ministers now want 'exit packages' is akin to severance
packages in a country where unemployment is reportedly as high as
80%, can only be viewed as a demonstration of utter contempt for
the suffering of the ordinary people.
The CPC strongly advises
the inclusive government and parliament to show contrition and sensitivity
to the people that elected them into office by being magnanimous
and not seeking to loot the national purse for personal aggrandizement.
Zimbabwe is neither their
personal tuck-shop nor theirs to treat as an 'endgame takes
all you can' country. Where the inclusive government decides
to proceed with dishing out exit packages to itself, the CPC shall
mobilize all Zimbabweans against such extravagance.
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