Junior doctors recruitment: Will Chiwenga wedge between ordinary civil servants, security forces work?
THE mooted plan by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to bond and in the process gain the favour of the more than 230 medical doctors set to graduate this year through freebies already being enjoyed by others in the military may, to all intends and purposes, be an exercise in futility.
Recently, there was a plan by the VP to make it extremely difficult for all medical doctors wanting to go and ply their trade abroad.
We never thought it would come to this, that is, to a place where someone is eventually then “abducted” and subjected to forced labour; right here in the 21st Century.
This is clearly the difficult scenario Zimbabwean doctors now find themselves in.
There is really no end to what those in power can do to retain it.
Those in the medical fraternity such as doctors, including even those in the ruling class and everyone else, all have a trail of extended families to look after and people like Chiwenga do not need any schooling in that respect.
The only difference is that Chiwenga and his ilk can commandeer public resources without answering to anyone.
But politicians do not at all leave things to chance; they look around and identify which human resources sector to treat with kids’ glooves – no – but rather with trepidation and pay them well.
It is what all dictatorships around the globe do in order to secure their tenous positions – to ‘camouflage’ themselves in civilian attire and “do” ordinary things.
After that, the next stage would then be to drive a wedge between ordinary civil servants and those who secure their power – the security forces – through salaries and clear perks discrepancies that favour the latter.
In the past, presidential spokesperson George Charamba referred to the extra “remuneration” given only to the security forces as a “gift”.
But what do security forces stand to gain from 20 extra pieces of silver (as Judas Iscariot would upon betrayal of the public cause)?
Teachers, doctors, nurses, among other civilians in government, have so far certainly endured torrid moments as far as negotiating for salaries and other perks is concerned, while those within the security forces have jumped in jubilation over an improvement in what could still be “peanut” salaries and other working conditions.
But as General Chiwenga moves towards conscripting this year’s 230 graduating medical doctors into the national army, obviously with enhanced salaries when compared with those of ordinary civil servants, one is reminded of legendary Matebele King, Lobengula’s 1893 statement:
“Did you ever see a chameleon catch a fly? The chameleon gets behind the fly and remains motionless for some time, then he advances very slowly and gently, first putting forward one leg and then the other. At last, when well within reach, he darts his tongue and the fly disappears. England is the chameleon and I am that fly.”
But will the security forces be able to see from behind the measures being taken by the chameleon to devour them?