The salaries of civil servants absorb up to 90% of Zimbabwe’s income, plunged into an economic and financial crisis for two decades.
On the occasion of Thursday’s presentation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first budget since his election in July, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube announced that as of January 2019, the government would cut the salaries of all senior officials, ” from the directors, to the permanent secretaries, to the secretaries of state, to the ministers and to the presidency “. The $ 6.6 billion 2019 budget “Austerity Leads Us to Prosperity” also provides $ 53 million in compensation to white farmers displaced from their land as part of the country’s controversial land reform. President Robert Mugabe.
Thousands of white farmers had been expelled from their lands in the early 2000s to black farmers, on the orders of the then-ruling Mugabe government.
The aim of this initiative was to correct the inequalities inherited from British colonization.
But badly organized, this consolidation was done to the benefit of relatives of the regime and farmers without equipment or training, causing a brutal collapse of production. This reform has plunged the entire economy of the country into a catastrophic crisis which he has still not recovered.
Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeded in November 2017 to Robert Mugabe, released by his party, Zanu-PF, the army and the street after thirty-seven years of an authoritarian rule.
He promised to revive the economy at bay. But in October, monthly inflation reached 20% and the country has recently returned to shortages of commodities, such as sugar, bread, oil, gasoline and medicines.
Mthuli Ncube expected Thursday growth of 4% this year and 3.1% next year. In July, Emmerson Mnangagwa was legitimized by the polls but the opposition claims that the elections were tainted by fraud.
On Thursday, opposition parliamentarians refused to rise when the head of state arrived in the Chamber.
The speaker of parliament called for their expulsion, causing scenes of chaos between the police and the parliamentarians who came to blows.
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