After Splashing Millions on Birthday & Bona’s Wedding, Mugabe Can’t Pay Govt Workers

The bankrupt government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has failed to pay state employees as scheduled after blowing up millions of dollars on the despot’s lavish 90th birthday celebrations and his daughter Bona’s super-wedding and honeymoon in the Seychelles.
“Civil Service Commission advises that the Ministry of Finance (Treasury) has moved the March 2014 pay date for the rest of the civil service from March 25 to March 27 2014,” a government statement said.
Civil service unions said there was no guarantee the new date would be met or that promised salary increments would be effected.
Only soldiers and members of state security and intelligence services have been paid, officials in the Finance Ministry told NOW DAILY Friday.
Loan negotiations with the Chinese government, which Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa had claimed would yield new lines of credit to pay workers, have apparently collapsed after Harare failed to provide the necessary guarantees. The Chinese wanted more diamond claims, access to platinum, gold and infrastructure projects, which Harare could not provide.
Mugabe blew up an estimated $10 million to host several heads of state, including South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Zambia’s Michael Sata and the Equatorial Guinea dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema, at the wedding of his only daughter Bona recently. Of the 18 heads of invited only a handful showed up.
The Civil Service Commission was forced to spend another $3 million to fete military and intelligence chiefs who attended another gala to celebrate Mugabe’s birthday.
Civil Service Commission chairperson Mariyawanda Nzuwa claimed the expenditure was necessary as Mugabe was “our liberator”.
Mugabe promised during the 2013 election campaign that government workers would get hefty salary increases as soon as he was re-elected. He also promised to create two million new jobs within six months, promises which have not been fulfilled as the economy unravels following years of growth under a coalition government with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai.


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