It is not enough that the Zimbabwean youths have to look for foreign jobs to survive, now the Mugabe-led government plans to take 25 per cent from their salaries as income for the country.
With the report from Chronicle newspaper that Southern Sudan was in need of about 20,000 graduates to work in various fields in the North African country, the Zimbabwean government last year, announced a scheme to export graduates to countries including South Sudan, Botswana, Angola and Namibia, according to a report in the Herald of June 2015.
With this, the government said it would be able to achieve its aim of “brain circulation” on the entire African nation and at the same time make some financial benefit for the country.
According to Chronicle newspaper, the government authorities are now debating on how the 25 percent would be collected from the workers who would be exported to other countries. The debate is based on whether the exported workers’ salaries would be sent back to their families at home or to be deposited into a pool monitored by the government.
Report also has it that Caleb Mharapira who is a senior official in the ministry of higher education said: “There should at least be a percentage that will be remitted back to the country or directly into a government pool,”.
This government’s decision has met lots of criticism especially from the who thinks that graduates being forced to remit money to a ZANU-PF pool will be abused. Meanwhile, report also has it that the workers would be paid in the UN rates which means that their salaries will exceed the ones paid by foreign countries.
However, this week, it was reported that the Southern Sudan lawmakers had issued a bill which would make sure that 80 percent of its workers are South Sudan nationals which on the other hands would limit the number of foreign aid workers allowed to work into the country.
If the southern Sudanese government abides by this law, it would be detrimental to the Zimbabwean citizens who the government are planning to export. The law will only allow foreigners to take up professional jobs like teaching, engineering or even in the pharmacy among few others.
Meanwhile, World Bank said today that due to weakening commodity prices and low agriculture output, the Zimbabwean economy still register a modest 1,5% flat-lining on last year’s figures and its employment rates still stands far below what is obtainable in most African counties.