Former Cabinet Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has urged Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to accept the reality that he is now unwanted by Zanu-PF hardliners and resign ‘before it’s too late.’
Prof Moyo was responding to statements by former Finance deputy minister Terence Mukupe that Mthuli Ncube must reward soldiers for effecting a successful coup that ended 37 years of Robert Mugabe repressive rule.
Mukupe also said a high-ranking civil servant broke down in tears after netting RTGS$380.
Mukupe says Mthuli Ncube must take care of those who brought President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power, saying: “Fiscal surpluses are good if the wages do afford a dignified standard of living. Just had a high ranking service official in tears, showing me his gross salary of $430 netting $380. It’s criminal! Professor let’s take better care of those that brought about the Second Republic.”
Responding to Mukupe’s statement, Jonathan Moyo said it was clear that Mthuli Ncube was unwanted.
“They are now speaking in tongues and at cross purposes as Rome burns. Somebody tell Mthuli Ncube to get his head off the sand before it’s too late,” said Moyo, a self-exiled former Zanu-PF propagandist.
Mukupe is not new to firing broadsides at the Cambridge University-trained Treasury chief.
On Tuesday, Mthuli Ncube told a post-Cabinet briefing that Treasury had not set aside any money for the purposes of effecting a salary increment to its government employees.
Mthuli Ncube recently told Parliament that Government does not peg salaries basing on the movement of the parallel market exchange rate, which has massively eroded civil servants earnings every single day.
“Government has not set aside RTGS$500 million to cushion civil servants. We would have to enter first a proper process which we always do before reaching any figure.
“But let me say this, government is always sensitive to the plight of civil servants and we can review from time to time within our means and within our coffers. But currently we have not set aside RTGS$500 million,” said Ncube.
Mthuli Ncube has come under fire from majority of Zimbabweans who are accusing him of implementing an austerity for prosperity financial policy that has seen Zimbabweans being over-taxed while their salaries are being eroded.
Meanwhile, Zanu-PF Matabeleland North meets in Lupane this weekend where the candidacy of Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube in the Lupane East by election is expected to be discussed.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Sithembile Gumbo in April this year following a long illness exacerbated by injuries sustained in an accident in 2014.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa promulgated August 3 as the date of the by election.