Broke govt offers MPs stands

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By Farayi Machamire

Government has offered MPs and senators residential stands in lieu of their outstanding allowances.

Saviour Kasukuwere
Saviour Kasukuwere

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere (pictured) confirmed the deal in Senate on Thursday, saying the ruling Zanu PF and opposition MDC chief whips had already been advised.

This comes as a similar offer has been roundly rejected by civil servants, who were given three options in lieu of their 2016 bonuses.

“We are aware that some of our Senators and members of the National Assembly are owed money and it is in that context that when we discussed with (Finance) minister (Patrick) Chinamasa and two chief whips from the two political formations, we agreed that there could be a process of netting off what MPs are owed by government,” Kasukuwere said.

“In turn, the Finance ministry will make available that financial support for us so that at least we can service the land,” he said, adding that “the land that has been identified . . . is along Enterprise Road, on your way to Shamva and Mutoko, what is outstanding is for us to service it”.

Kasukuwere said government is “already in the process of raising funding alongside with the civil service housing scheme so that we accommodate our senators and members of the National Assembly”.

“Every one of us would love to have a property in Harare but it is also very expensive for my ministry on its own without the sufficient financial support to get it started,” he said.

“However, we are in contact and discussions with the Finance ministry, which has assured us that we will get the relevant support to service the land.”

Under the rejected residential stands offer, government offered to settle the restive civil servants’ overdue bonuses through giving them land or a cash stipend coupled with non-monetary benefits or property investment bonds.

However, teachers unions, including the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz), spurned the offer, saying land cannot be used as a bonus payment. Daily News

  • ko zvavari kuti all is wanii haa zimbo we you got a lot to learn pipo

  • Chamangosara nacho mastands chete

  • Iye akazouya neyekupa ma stands uyu hameno zvokwadi. Kana pese pashayikwa mari pongonzi stand nyika yose zvaichapera zvokwadi.

  • Land the new remuneration, the new cash. Anything happens Zimbabwe! Cry the beloved country!

  • Vanomboita basa reiko ravangada pay ivava

  • Hoo

  • Mmmmmmmmmmm ma1 cause ndivo vana pata keys . Plus vagara vachimawana emaharaka. By year end vanenge vava ne20 20 mastands.

  • Butter trade in this day and age broke broke broke for real.

  • Was that the reason for taking land from white farmers?

  • Zim Asset chasara kubhadharwa nemasaga esauti kana mastand apera

  • Does the Government still have land to dish out like that?

  • What a joke

  • wilbert

    First Mugabe gave away jobs in the civil service and parastatals and contracts. When he started to run of those he seized white owned farms and gave these away to his ever demanding but wasteful cronies. They looted everything they could and came back for more. So now he is giving away stands because there is really nothing else of value to give away.

    Zanu PF has been rigging elections to stay in power but the one thing the regime could not rig was economic prosperity. In the end, it is the economy that is going to end Zanu PF’s rule!

  • Barter trade back in full swing. Those colonisers are going to come back slowly and start buying back the land. Mozovati vakaipa futi

  • Empower your pple tione kuti Tsvangirai wacho achavapeyi mabhunu ake iwavo

    • Wobva watarisa mapicture emunhu wacho ari kunyora matuzvi wotoona kuti inhamo yega yega, tsvina chaiyo. Njere dzako matuzvi omene

    • mapenzi acho kutuka sei muchingoruza dai vakangwara bavhotera zvinowins

  • Land to all Zimbabweans, ndizvo.

    • MPs are not all Zimbabweans.Land should not be given as a form of remuneration.

    • MPs get allowances, land comes as incentive. Did you know that the civilised world is fighting flat out to lay their hands on African resources? Did you know that the same people prop the ZANU PF gvt to keep Zimbabwe weak and confused for them to come and reclaim what they left in 1980? Have you ever wondered why gold mines were sealed with concrete slabs by companies like Cam and Motor, and the so called maGerumani who are actually Zionists expelled by Hitler during second world war? Kholwani Moyo, vusa ndoda.

    • Am on the same page with you Maxwell. What I am against is the distribution of land as a form of payment to MPs or civil servants.These resources should be availed to all deserving citizens.What about those who are not working for the government or linked to zanupf?Are they not entitled to these resources? Food for thought Mfethu!

    • It’s true Kholwani Moyo. I get your point.

  • There will be a time when land won’t be enough. Enough said.

  • Good one at least 1/10

  • Matanga manje zvisina maturo.

  • Vanoti_dako

    Chasara kupiwa ma baghedi evhu as salary! Nyika yagushingo chero ma chiefs anga ariko nguva dza nehanda they are laughing from the graves!

  • Chikiti

    I bet you next time they will be paid with maize or peanut butter

  • Is this failure of Gvt as a ruling entity or is this failure as Africans like anywhere in Africa or is this failure of shonas as a ruling tribe?