PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s entourage to the UN Summit has gobbled US$2 million, figures revealed to The News Leader show.
A top source at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe revealed to us that the central bank had to scrounge and make the amount available in two batches.
Mugabe took more than 100 people to the UN climate summit, including his family members and about 40 security aides.
The leaked details show that save for Mugabe, his wife and son, the rest of members of the bloated delegation are getting a daily allowance of US$2 000, on top of huge expenses incurred for their travel and accommodation.
The amount being given to each individual as daily allowance is five times higher than the monthly salary for the majority of civil servants in Zimbabwe – who are earning around US$400. ‘The allowances for the VVIPs, which is basically the president and his family plus ministers, is not on the schedule we prepared because it was handled directly by the governor,’ our top RBZ source said on Wednesday. Our efforts to engage RBZ governor John Mangudya failed. His secretary said, ‘He is not yet available and l have been advised that he can’t speak about such issues.’