Tendai Biti’s People Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the arrest of President Robert Mugabe over the failure to pay bonuses and salaries for civil servants.
Doctors have called for a strike tomorrow, whilst rural teachers of Zimbabwe have said they will organise a strike next week, if Mugabe’s government fails to pay their bonuses.
On the background of the failure by the government to honour its contractual agreements, PDP have highlighted that they are concerned about the civil servants plight.
“Teachers, more so those in rural areas are working in extremely depressing conditions such as conducting lessons under trees and tobacco barns. There over 2 500 satellite schools without basic infrastructure to support learning more than a decade after the land reform programme. This is an indictment on Mugabe as a carefree and indifferent tyrant.
“Doctors too, are working under unbearable conditions which include having to work for low salaries and often long unpaid overtime. The doctor-patient ratio is standing at 1:250 000 which is both unsustainable and betray the collapse that is our health system. Most hospitals lack basic drugs while electricity and water supply is often erratic making work for doctors very difficult,” said the Biti led party.
The party however shifted its blame to the President, blasting him for sending his children overseas and getting medical health in other countries.
“All the money that is pumped out by Mugabe and his cronies as they export their children overseas like exotic fruits and as they are treated in expensive foreign hospitals increases the income of teachers and doctors of those countries at the expense of local practitioners in these sectors. This is not nationalism as Mugabe wants everyone to believe but the highest level of greed,” they said.
Noting his failure to deliver for the people of Zimbabwe, the party said Mugabe deserved to be arrested and locked up at Chikurubi.
“He is obviously blind to his mercenary attitude of entitlement which makes him spend over US$10 million of national revenue on just his birthday bash. In fact Mugabe is the mercenary par excellence who deserves no better place than the dungeons of Chikurubi where he has locked up those who have dared oppose his failed rule,” they said.
The party said the government workers and Zimbabweans deserve better health and education, whilst they proposed an alternative, viable and socially just policies towards health and education in its policy blueprint HOPE.