Tsvangirai Refuses To Pay Lunch Bill
After addressing a rally like this one in Mucheke last year, Morgan Tsvangirai went to a hotel in Masvingo Province for lunch with his delegation and met with local officials, running up a bill of more than US$2 000. Which he promptly refused to pay and is still refusing to pay because his party now says this is one of the perks of being in the Inclusive Government!
Harare, Zimbabwe, 23 December 2009
The MDC-T, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, is refusing to pay for lunch that the Prime Minister and party president had at a Hotel in Masvingo during a rally held in Mucheke in 2008!
The MDC-T has told management at the Mandava A1 Hotel that they are now part of the Government and the use of the hotel and the food served is one of the perks of ruling Zimbabwe.
And we thought that it was only Mugabe and his crew who are used to taking things by force.
MDC-Tsvangirai Provincial Chairperson in the Masvingo Province, where the free lunch was eaten, says the demand for payment from the hotel "came to us as a joke." Wilstaff Stemere, the Provincial Chair, told state media in a telephone interview:
"The issue of money came to us as joke when the hotel management told that they are charging us per person who was having lunch and attending meetings with the (party) president (Morgan Tsvangirai) and we are not going to pay them."
Just like that?
Hotel Manager Banda Chatsaka confirms that the Prime Minister is refusing to pay for the lunch he ate. "I can confirm that they owe us money that they have not paid and we have tried to engage in dialogue on how they can best settle the debt and we seem to be hitting a brick wall."
The Prime Minister and his party are already revealing their true colours, letting power that they do not have go to their heads.
Is this any way for a party that believes in good governance, transparency and honesty in politics to behave? What happened to decency? Shame?
I do not really care what anyone says, but this sort of attitude and behaviour is the same that leads "leaders" and "ruling parties" to think that it is okay for them to confiscate other people's property simply because they are in power.
It is but a short hop and skip from this to invading productive farms and profitable companies, running them into the ground and then crying "sanctions!".
I have spoken before of the Animal Farm syndrome in Zimbabwean politics today. With things such as these happening it becomes even less clear which is the pig and which is the human in this circus of politicians that is running Zimbabwe (into the ground).
It is to be hoped that the Prime Minister, as the person who actually consumed the lunch, will pay the US$2 000-odd bill and salvage his reputation. As for his party officials, they are no better than ZANU PF people. There is no other way to look at it: this is theft and corruption.