Massive jump in 2014 budget allocation for Mugabe ’s office

THE Office of the President and Cabinet is set to gobble a sizeable chunk of the 2014 budget after being allocated more than US$206 million, which is more than the combined allocations to the ministries of Industry and Commerce, Agriculture, Mines and Energy, which are key to the country’s economic recovery.

By Kudzai Kuwaza

According to a Government Gazette, Appropriation (2014) 2013, outlining the budget allocations by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to ministries and other government departments, the Office of the President was allocated 5,6% of the total US$3,6 billion budget allocation.

This is about six times what the Office of the President was allocated by then finance minister Tendai Biti in the 2013 budget, who gave it US$36,3 million.

Departments that fall under the Office of the President include the offices of the vice-presidents, ministers of state and the spy Central Intelligence Organisation.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce was allocated US$7,4 million, Energy and Power Development US$23,4 million, Mines and Mining Development US$8,6 million and Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development US$155,2 million.

The Defence ministry continues to get the second biggest chunk of the total budget allocation as was the case during the pre-Government of National Unity (GNU) era when Zanu PF was in power.

It received a budget allocation of US$368 million, followed closely by Home Affairs which got US$364 million. These are major jumps from US$26,2 million allocated to Defence and US$2,1 million to Home Affairs in 2013 by Biti.

The biggest allocation went to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, which received US$866 million.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care, whose service delivery system has been crumbling over the years resulting in a high maternal mortality rate currently pegged at 790 per 100 000 live births, compared to 390 deaths per 100 000 in the 1990s, means eight women die every day while giving birth.

In addition, 100 children under five years die every day mainly due to preventable diseases, while around a third of them are stunted. The health sector has been relying much on donors whose funding has been dwindling.

Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, who vowed after his appointment in September to resuscitate the ailing industries, has said the paltry US$7,3 million he got only catered for the day-to-day running of the ministry.

Zimbabwe needs at least US$10 billion to revive its distressed manufacturing sector.

According to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Manufacturing Sector Survey Report for 2013, capacity utilisation in the sector plunged to 39,6% from 44% in 2012.

Bimha has publicly admitted that the country’s industries were generally in the intensive care unit and desperately in need of help.

Among others, parliament was allocated US$20,9 million, Public Service US$168 million, Finance US$202 million, Environment US$93,4 million, Transport US$69 million, Foreign Affairs US$63,8 million, Local Government US$88,3 million, Higher Education US$332,7 million.

Glaringly absent on the list is the allocation to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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9 Responses to Massive jump in 2014 budget allocation for Mugabe ’s office

  1. admire musingarabwi January 10, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    The office of the president now incorporates the Ministry of State Security which stood alone in the previous government. It also includes the ministers of the provinces, among other minsters of state.

    • wadyenhiri January 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Saka what is your point admire? That some how the these combined stand alone departments (that they remain inspite of pretexts to the contrary) account for a six fold increase in budget allocation, I do not think so. It is another feeding trough created for the zanu pf faithful.

  2. Ruramai January 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    wadyenhiri you are right. Repression is expensive and the CIO gets most of the money, followed by Mugabe’s excessive travel and medical expenses. We pay a premium for the honour of having a nonagenarian who will not be treated in his own country for a president.

  3. Muporofita Jeremiah January 12, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    so Mugabe where is your pride in Zimbabwe. Zvituta chete ndizvo zvine pride in a country that you lead.

  4. Code Manesi January 12, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Manga majaira internal sanctions dzana Biti.Zvino povho yakaramba!

  5. mimi January 17, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Anti corruption has money under Ministry of Home Affairs.

  6. midi January 17, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    where did yu get the $36 million allocation for 2013, do not mislead pple check the documentation well, 2013 the office had $160 million so there is no huge jump as yu are saying.

  7. LIUmbez January 18, 2014 at 9:09 am #

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  8. LIUmbez January 18, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    The allocations are skewed. Its strange this old man wants money to attend meetings most of which he will be sleeping. Nekuda kurapwa kuSingapore iye asingapore.

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