Mugabe holidays in Far Easy as govt workers remain unpaid
28 December 2015, 12:38
Harare –Zimbabwean opposition parties have criticised President Robert Mugabe, 91, for flying out of the country despite government workers not being paid their December salaries, said a report.
President Mugabe together with his family jetted off to the Far East for their annual holidays a New Zimbabwe report said.
Spokesperson for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Gordon Moyo was quoted as saying his party was not surprised by the nonagenarian's actions as he was "selfish".
"He has never been worried about the livelihoods and welfare of the people of Zimbabwe," Moyo said.
"He has always been worried about his personal security, personal enjoyment and that of his party. It is upon the people of Zimbabwe, including the civil servant to wake up from this slumber that Mugabe would one day care for us," Moyo said.
Meanwhile, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzoro lambasted Mugabe saying that he was “irresponsible”.
Mwonzora said Mugabe's flying out of the country at the expense of tax payers who were languishing in poverty "summarises the irresponsibility which has become the hall mark of this government".
“Given the economic meltdown and the flight of capital, a responsible government would not have taken a sabbatical and expect things to resolve themselves,” Mwonzoro was quoated as saying.
According to the state owned Herald new payment dates have been confirmed by the minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa.
Chinamasa was quoted saying that teachers and other education staffers would be paid on December 29 while other government workers would be paid on January 5.