'Mthuli Ncube using 2% tax to reward Zanu-PF youths'

'Mthuli Ncube using 2% tax to reward Zanu-PF youths'
Published: 21 October 2018 (186 Views)
Many Zimbabweans - including former Cabinet ministers and the opposition - have reacted with shock to the controversial appointment of Acie Lumumba as head of the newly-created Finance ministry communications committee.

This comes after Finance minister Mthuli Ncube, in a move which could bring him into conflict with the ministry of Information, announced on Friday that he had appointed Lumumba - whose real name is William Gerald Mutumanje - to chair a communications "taskforce"  in his ministry.

The other members of the committee are yet to be announced.

The main opposition MDC accused Ncube of being "deceptive", as the appointment flew in the face of the austerity measures that he announced recently.

"This Mthuli Ncube guy ... is just a hypocrite. Using funds to reward Zanu-PF youths whilst preaching austerity measures is the height of deception.

"How on earth does one create this kind of job (for) Acie Lumumba?" said Chalton Hwende who is MDC deputy treasurer and MP for Kuwadzana East.

Former deputy minister of Finance Terence Mukupe said Lumumba's appointment could cause Ncube problems related to his integrity, as the former Zanu-PF official had a tainted past.

"My advice to the Prof is please keep him away from money ... He has a serious weakness ... Am sure he will be opening a toll gate very soon for people to see you without your knowledge," Mukupe wrote on Facebook.

Apart from politicians, Lumumba's appointment put social media platforms on fire, with many ordinary Zimbabweans seething with anger.

Retired US Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton also weighed in on the matter on Twitter.

"I wonder if ... Ncube even knows what Acie's real surname is, never mind his relationship with the truth," he said.

But Lumumba himself told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that his appointment had "nothing" to do with his chequered past or his private life.

"There is a great need for communication and information regardless of what is happening in the country at the moment. My job is not to write or influence the economy in any way, but to communicate.

"I look forward to working with the Finance ministry. My personal life has nothing to do with my job description," the self-confident Lumumba said.

Mutumanje is a former Zanu-PF member who in 2016 quit the former liberation movement abruptly - citing its failure to deliver on its electoral promises.

He later launched his own opposition party, Viva Zimbabwe - after he was fired as the chairperson of a steering committee on the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment, amid allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for the Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC).

He was also at the centre of controversy after he was filmed performing a sexual act with his partner. The sex tape was recovered from his house during a police raid.

Lumumba, who has three unresolved fraud cases, was also previously in the eye of a storm when he was accused of "lying" that he had obtained a degree from the prestigious Harvard University.

He also used the f*** word in his dispute with former president Robert Mugabe, at the height of the ruling Zanu-PF's tribal, factional and succession wars.

- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Evan Mawarire talks of 'heartbreak'

by BBC | 18 January 2019 | 118 Views

Open letter to Nelson Chamisa

by Peacemaker Zano | 18 January 2019 | 118 Views

New uniform tickles Zambians

by BBC | 18 January 2019 | 80 Views

Rights group petition Switzerland President to ban Mnangagwa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 January 2019 | 114 Views

Government Internet Shut Down Justified

by Gift Mashoko | 18 January 2019 | 77 Views

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

by Agencies | 18 January 2019 | 29 Views

The case for the internet shutdown

by Nobleman Runyanga | 18 January 2019 | 90 Views

Bulawayo activist on Chiwenga's alleged hit list skips the border

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 January 2019 | 179 Views

Kirsty Coventry speaks on resignation

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 January 2019 | 205 Views

Belarus deal to make Zimbabwe transport logistics hub

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 105 Views

Govt, civil servants resume talks

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 94 Views

9 facts, myths about Zimbabwe mayhem

by Tichaona Zindoga | 18 January 2019 | 82 Views

Riots aftermath: Who pays the reconstruction bill?

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 64 Views

Massive job losses, Bulawayo worst affected

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 73 Views

Bosso players to undergo medicals

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 46 Views

Mutsvangwa calls for laws regulating social media

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 63 Views

New transport fares announced

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 95 Views

Chamisa told to put national interest first

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 59 Views

MDC perpetrating violence, violating human rights

by Anesu Pedzisayi | 18 January 2019 | 57 Views

Government orders schools to open

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 67 Views

Jonathan Maphonjwana Moyo 'kills' wife, daughter, hangs self

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 79 Views

'Chamisa's MDC liable for stayaway damage'

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 60 Views

St Faith's sets new A-Level record

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 67 Views

Business back to normal

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 57 Views

Muchinguri-Kashiri warns saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 48 Views

Bishop, ex-wife in house wrangle

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 49 Views

Man torches hut, injures four family members

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 23 Views

Teenage brothers terrorise residents

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 24 Views

Army, Zanu-PF role in protests exposed

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 32 Views

Zimbabwe inflation shoots to 42,09%

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 26 Views

Zimbabwe military maintains heavy presence in hotspots

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 27 Views

Mnangagwa's govt sugar-coats effects of shutdown

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 27 Views

Evan Mawarire challenges placement on remand

by Staff reorter | 18 January 2019 | 25 Views

Temporary forex relief for companies

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 30 Views

Zimbabwe churches call for another GNU

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 27 Views

FC Platinum's big Esperance test

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 21 Views

Zifa get kit sponsorship

by Staff reporter | 18 January 2019 | 25 Views