A visit to Namibia, the second last colonial bastion of Africa can be both exciting and frustrating, even nerve wrecking.
Perks for chefs from the rank of deputy minister and above were substantially increased when the government raised the salaries of all members of the legislature from Member of Parliament to the President.
A former director of a Bulawayo-based company who allegedly misappropriated more than $1 million and now runs his own business in the same city is apparently running around scot-free because the company decided not to press charges against him but instead reached a gentleman’s agreement that he pays back the money.
In what amounts to blatant exploitation, the National Railways of Zimbabwe is deploying casuals to war-torn Mozambique to repair the Maputo-Chicualacuala line and then dismissing them once they have been injured so seriously that they cannot undertake the track work.
A local company has suggested that the government should introduce a two tier pricing system for gold with a higher price being paid to properly registered and lawfully operating small workers producing less that 30kg a year and a lower price for those producing more than that, according to the First Merchant Bank’s quarterly guide to the economy.
I am going to propose that members should all look back and say, I have done it, but can I do better, or look back and say that should not be my track record.