MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, has accused President Robert Mugabe of blowing at least $15 million on foreign travel since January.

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Mugabe has been in and out of the country on numerous occasions this year to attend international forums and seek treatment.

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“Mugabe’ s foreign travels are taking their toll on the fiscus, so far gobbling close to 15 million dollars since January. This is on top of expenses incurred during his retreat to the Far East for the festive season,” said Gutu in a statement.

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This claim comes at a time the Zanu (PF) government has indicated that it wants to trim the bloated civil service.

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Gutu said the exercise must start with a reduction in Mugabe’s expenses and the removal of ghost workers, among the Zanu (PF) militias.

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“Downsizing must start with the freezing of open cabinet posts and reducing Mugabe’s travel,” said Gutu, who added: “The civil service was ostensibly bloated by the so-called Zanu (PF) ward officers, a euphemism for Border Gezi youths who are paid for unleashing reign of terror in the community.”

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“The clueless government is now insolvent. The economy is grinding to a halt as companies are closing down. The revenue base has shrunk by 45 percent since July 2013. Government deficit is now approaching 1 billion United States dollars since the rigged elections,” he said.

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Zimbabweans are now bracing for the final implosion, he said, adding that government could no longer pay salaries and the “economy is clearly on auto pilot”.

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He said Zimbabweans were itching for regime change and his party had started a campaign dubbed No retrenchment (of civil servants) without packages; No elections without reforms”. – The Zimbabwean