Broke Zim ambassadors evicted abroad

zim flagFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN ambassadors face eviction as their embassies risk closure due to non-payment of rent by the cash-strapped government.
Foreign affairs ministry secretary, Joey Bimha, confirmed this in parliament where he disclosed the country owed service providers in those 45 foreign missions a total sum of $7 million (about R112 million).
“The ministry is in a quandary because all missions, without exception, have received eviction notices because we have an outstanding rental arrears bill,” he said.
Apart from the money for accommodation owed, Zimbabwe is also experiencing challenges in maintaining its buildings, vehicles, office equipment and furniture at the foreign missions.
Zimbabwe’s diplomatic missions require about R338, 9 million but only R40,67 million was allocated.
Bimha also said his ministry was allocated paltry budget for 2017 amounting to R524.8million, which he said was too little to address the daily needs including salaries of diplomats.
Appearing before a parliamentary committee, Bimha pointed out the mission’s vehicle fleet was old with most purchased in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“Zimbabwean ambassadors continue to face embarrassing situations due to the deplorable conditions of the vehicles they use,” he said.
The imminent closure of the embassies is the latest pointer to the financial crisis besieging President Robert Mugabe’s government.
– CAJ News

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