HARARE – The MDC Renewal Team has expressed shock at President Robert Mugabe’s revelation yesterday that he earns a $12,000 salary a month, which he said was not enough.

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“The MDC Renewal Team is extremely shocked by today’s media reports quoting Zanu (PF)’s Robert Mugabe that he would like to have his obscene $12 000 monthly salary increased,” said the political formation in a statement today.

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The president revealed his new salary at Harare Central Hospital where he commissioned medical equipment worth $100 million.

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Last year, his spokesperson, George Charamba, said Mugabe was earning $4,000, meaning his salary has tripled since then but civil servants have gone for years without an increment due to the prevailing economic crisis.

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Ironically, Mugabe urged nurses at the government hospital to keep working hard despite their low salaries.

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“His (Mugabe’s) request comes at a time when the country is facing a serious socio-economic crisis because of his misrule.

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“It is a clear indication that Mugabe is out of touch with the reality on the ground. We are shocked that Mugabe wants a salary increase when we are living in Zimbabwe where an economy has since ceased to exist,” said the MDC Renewal Team.

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It added: “The government, which remains the biggest employer in the country, is increasingly failing to pay the civil servants on time and fewer and fewer people have a guaranteed salary at the end of every month.”

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The party noted that Mugabe had received a salary increment despite the finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, John Mangudya, discouraging civil servants from demanding salary hikes due to the current liquidity crunch.

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“It is also worrying to note that Mugabe claims to be earning $12 000 a month when last year he claimed that he only earned $4 000 a month. How he got his salary adjusted by such a wide margin only points to the lack of transparency and high level corruption in the government of the day,” added MDC Renewal Team.

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The party urged Mugabe to put the interests of the people ahead and emulate world leaders like like Uruguay President Jose Mujica, who reportedly earns around $12,000 a year and donates 90 per cent of it to charity. The Zimbabwean