Mugabe now earns a staggering US$12 000 per month

HARARE – Zimbabwean strongman President Robert Mugabe has revealed that he now gets paid about $12,000 per month including allowances, meaning his salary has been tripled over the last year.

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The government has resisted pressure by poorly paid civil servants for better wages, pleading poverty with finance minister Patrick Chinamasa telling the workers they were lucky to be even getting the little they are paid.

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But the financial constraints do not appear to have affected the government’s ability to reward the country’s ‘first citizen’.

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The president’s pay package means that government has bumped up his salary three times after he claimed to be earning just $4,000 in April last year.

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Speaking in an interview for the BBC, Mugabe said: “I’m earning just £4,000 just now.

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“Because of the hard times, this is what we decided on that we should recognise the hard times at the moment.”

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However, the hard times appear to have passed for the veteran leader.

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Mugabe revealed his pay in Harare Thursday as he empathised with poorly paid civil servants while commissioning new health equipment sourced from China.

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According to the State-controlled Herald newspaper, Mugabe said he too was earning a lowly $12,000 including allowances.

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The pay package is double the $6,000 his finance minister tried but failed to impose on chief executives of struggling state enterprises in April last year.

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The Zanu PF leader appeared to suggest that he had recently approached treasury for a pay hike.

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“We were looking at the salaries for the other Presidents the other day, but we say well as long as we have sadza nenyama and takatora nyika and we have cattle and goats so we get our meat and chicken, well that’s alright we will keep alive and the good days will come and good days are coming,” he said.

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The government needed to do more to improve the salaries of civil servants, he added.

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“We are aware, we are aware right across all sectors, the teachers, the doctors, other civil servants and the ordinary men, employees in the private sector.

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“Those are things our economy must do,” he said.