The newly created Ministry of National Affairs, Employment Creation and Cooperatives, carries a very unusual item under its training centres vote — $600 000 for the commissariat.
During the UDI era of Ian Smith, life in the then Rhodesia was always compared with that in the countries “to the north of us.” The people of this country were never spared a moment to be reminded that Rhodesia was better than all the independent black countries to the north.
The Senior Minster for Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Joseph Msika, his deputy Swithun Mombeshora who is in fact a fully-fledged Minister, and the eight provincial governors whose office has now become dubious because of the presence of resident ministers, seem to have been overlooked, or may be getting less than the rest of their counterparts if the figures given in the current estimates are correct.
Claims by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation acting director general, Christopher Mutsvangwa, that all is well and there is an “insodus” as opposed to an exodus of staff may not be entirely correct.
It is very rare that we hear our local MPs talking about development and democracy, especially since most of them belong to the ruling party and some believe that there can be democracy under a one-party state.
Two new books on Zimbabwe’s post-independence history which the compilers say will provide a more balanced picture of the country because of their wider representation of viewpoints, will be released onto the market next year.