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THE MDC-T has condemned plans by the ZANU PF government to scrap some of the independent commissions prescribed by the new Constitution on the basis that they “would bloat” the wage bill.

The plans were revealed by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa last week.

By virtue of having two thirds majority in parliament ZANU PF has the powers to amend the Constitution any time.

The seven independent commissions which are yet to be established in accordance with the new Constitution include the Gender, National Peace and Reconciliation and the Land commissions.

Four of them, Media, Electoral, and Human Rights commissions are already functional.

The MDC-T said the establishment of independent bodies like the peace commission stood to expose the government’s ‘gross’ human rights violations since independence and probably bring those implicated to book hence the ruling party’s attempts to do way with such institutions.

“If ZANU PF is sincere about reducing government expenditure the MDC T challenges it to start by simply halving its size of a staggering legion of 71 inclusive of Cabinet ministers, their deputies, and ministers of State.

“It should abolish the posts of the 10 ministers of State for provinces which are in any event a subversion of the Constitution because it abolished provincial governors,” the party’s Justice Secretary Jessie Majome said in a statement Tuesday.

Majome said ZANU PF should learn from the neighbouring Mozambique whose government has a total of 49 ministers inclusive of deputies.

“It should also remove ghost workers from its payroll, reduce recruitment of the security forces, reduce foreign travel expenses to the bare necessities, plug abuse of expenditure by adhering to the Auditor General’s recommendations and eliminate corruption.

“The MDC-T demands that the government publishes the comparative costs of all the above items of its expenditure and the cost of parliamentary seats so that the public can decide for itself how government expenditure can best be cut”.

Human rights organizations and the international community which funded the constitution making process during the tenure of the inclusive government, five years ago, have been complaining about government’s delay in implementing the Constitution.

Last week the Norwegian government expressed the same concerns urging the Mugabe administration to realign the new laws with the new charter. Oslo said the delays were promoting human rights abuses by state actors.

Source : New Zimbabwe