THE Government of Zimbabwe doesn’t seem to get it at all, or does it?
The salaries dispute currently pitting Government against civil servants and apparently favouring uniformed forces as well as heroes of the Chimurenga war is outrageous, no matter how one views it.
For a government which came to power riding on military intervention – just to put it lightly – to then have accused the late President Robert Mugabe of being surrounded by sycophants and greedy people is – with hindsight – nothing short of the pot calling kettle black.
Now, let’s rewind to November 2017…
November 2017 has now become an historical time marker and stark reminder of Zimbabwe’s repugnant past.
Besides being verbose, authoritarian Mugabe, since 1980 when he romped to power as Prime Minister, had nothing to really offer the people except to intimidate them using some of the uncouth members of the uniformed service, including his sometimes hard jokes.
It then took about 37 years of serious plotting using a few in the army and some within Zanu PF to eventually send Mugabe packing; and their major reason for doing so?
The president, Robert Mugabe, had surrounded himself with crooks, it was claimed.
And the Robert Mugabe-way never fades, at least according to the man himself, in death as in life, with the living comrades continuing to emulate, nay, even surpass him.
So far the “junta”, according former Vice President Kembo Mohadi, has gone beyond tag by more than doubling the salaries of uniformed forces, denying other civil servants what they should ordinarily get.
But while attempting to make it appear as if government was at its wit’s end and making every effort there was to ensure its end of the bargain on the ordinary civil servants’ salaries issue, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe had COVID-19 to blame, saying the pandemic had pushed the authorities out of their way.
“During this period, revenue generation was reduced to virtual insignificance. There were also payments for vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of administering doses to at least 60 percent of the population, thus achieving a measure of herd immunity,” said the seasoned diplomat.
“Even as government faced these constraints, it remained committed to fulfilling the payment of salaries and benefits to all civil servants, including those who were at home during the long periods of national lockdown restrictions,” he added.
Well tried ambassador; so in the end, it is the uniformed forces who have had to get their salaries doubled.