03 SEP 2013
Hobo & c.c. Addressees,
4 ZIM-UK DIASPORANS : MAKING THE CASE for
UK-ZIM AID DEDUCTION for PENSIONER PAYROLL - SEP 2013
They say TWO things are certain in this world…… DEATH and TAXES.
In the case of us Zim Diasporan Pensioners
the former looms uncomfortably closer by the day for most of us, has
already overtaken many of us, whilst our earnings in our twilight years
usually mean that we are likely no longer contributors of moment
regarding the latter.
The matter of our unpaid pensions has rumbled on for over TEN YEARS now, and even the resurrected pension payments that ZIM PENSIONS OFFICE has successfully re-launched over the last FOUR YEARS in that it is now paying “some US$30 million per month to over 180 000x Zim Pensioners, in full, on time, and in accordance with the regulations” as
repeatedly reassured to us by Mr Eddie CROSS MP (MDC);….. that payroll
is carefully crafted and criminally manipulated by ZANU cadres from
within the Zimbabwe Government to ensure a number of specific (non) outcomes, viz:
01. Zim Diasporan Pensioners in South Africa
(read “white” pensioners) are not paid at all wherever possible.
Witness the situation whereby the largely white Diasporan Pensioner
grouping now resettled there….. whereby ONLY those pensioners who
possess a bank account with the Standard Bank of SA might be
included in the Zim Pension Payroll – and then only after much time
consuming bureaucracy & obstruction over periods of YEARS. Moreover,
it should be noted that The Standard Bank of South Africa is now 30%
owned by the Chinese [thus enabling Harare to keep discreet tabs on
those same SA pensioners at arms length]. There is absolutely NO legal
requirement to have a Standard Bank Account in order to receive a
pension either in Zimbabwe, nor anywhere else in the world…. But by
applying this illegal constraint has the effect of about three quarters
of the Zim Pensioners in SA continuing to be unpaid for TEN YEARS now
(about 650 odd of the 933x Zim Pensioners in the records of FLF).
02. ZIM Diasporan Pensioners elsewhere Abroad (again read “white” pensioners) are simply not paid at all, ever.
Of the 360x Zim Pensioners in the records of OSPA not one has been paid
anything for the last ten years….. many dying in the interim, their
estates & widows still unpaid.
03. Zim Pensioners in ZIMBABWE
(here read predominantly “black” and retired ZANU cadres) are nearly
all being paid in the manner reassured by MDC MP Eddie Cross, viz: “in full, on time, & in accordance with the regulations”.
Of course they will be, they are predominantly a ZANUpf constituency
and, therefore, ZANUpf voters….. the few resident white pensioners being
paid alongside them being insignificant on the one hand, and a useful
(but dishonest) element of evidence of impartial administration of the
Zimbabwe PENSIONS OFFICE on the other.
04. My recent email to Hobo Hobson in this regard & copied to you all drew the following succinct & bluntly honest appraisal from one of our number viz: “Unless
the British government agrees to include diaspora Zimbabwe Public
Service pensions in their ZIM-AID package, I see no solution to the
problem so long as ZANUpf remains in power, and the UK retains sanctions
against high-profile ZANUpf individuals and their companies.”
there we find ourselves – between a rock and a hard place, seemingly
nobody’s responsibility and, apparently nobody’s constituency…. Right ?
In my earlier email to Hobo I wrote inter alia that:
Govt both political & Whitehall variety seek false comfort from
their obsolete tactic of smugly brushing this issue aside. I say for a
number of reasons, and which include some of the following –
- The 300x odd of us represented by OSPA in the UK are indeed part of their constituency; and
- Our votes help to keep them in or out of power; and
taxes help to fund the largesse they demonstrate annually & which
serves to do little more than keep the Mugabe regime ticking over (and
in areas where that regime should be funding itself, but chooses not to); and
numbers (in both VOTES and TAX TAKE contribution) are indeed
exponentially greater than when we first arrived or returned to the UK
(simply because our children, and grandchildren, are now settled,
employed and TAXpaying VOTERS too !).
DfID AID-BUDGET is no longer the sacred cow it has always seen itself
as….. and if the two main political parties choose continued blindness
in this area, then a political price will ultimately be paid for such
choices (as UKIP have been quite vocally effective in pointing out more
I also wrote that I was currently working on the ratio of our (UK ZIM DIASPORA) collective “extended family” value in VOTER & TAX TAKE terms and how this weighs against the DfID Budget generally and, more specifically, that part of the DfID UK-ZIM AID Budget.
As I mentioned in an earlier email to the group, we are quite within
our rights to point out the ridiculous anomaly concerning our
UNPAID-DIASPORAN PENSIONS vs MUSHROOMING UK-ZIM AID. There comes a point
where it is unacceptable for Zimbabwe to expect to continually find
itself able to have its own cake, our pensioner cake, the AID cake, and
eat the lot….. whilst expecting us all to keep quiet.
with my own family, I am seeking data to create just such an “extended
family” value in VOTER & TAX TAKE. In order for this to be
statistically credible, I need to have comparable data from a reasonable
sample of UK Resident Zim Diasporan families whose patriarch is or
would be a Zimbabwe Pensioner (i.e. 64 year old or older). The following
extract from a recent email to my own three children best demonstrates
what I am after, thus –
Take our family as an example….. DAD, MOM, 2x MARRIED CHILDREN, 1x UNMARRIED CHILD
DAD = A Zim Diasporan Pensioner who only has 1x vote and currently pays about £60 Tax pa.
However, Dad’s close extended family in the UK include
MOM = 1x vote & who pays “W” tax pa
J & M = 2x votes & who pay “X” tax pa between them
M & A = 2x votes & who pay “Y” tax pa between them
SALLY = 1x vote & who pays “Z” tax pa
this 1x ZIM Diasporan Pensioner (“DAD”) is in reality represented by 7x
UK VOTES and a total UK TAX TAKE PA of £60+W+X+Y+Z = ? per annum.
I should like is a for a cross-section of our number to give me
(through you all) the end stats for as many UK Resident/Domiciled Zim
Diasporans as possible, so that I can calculate a statistically reliable
average, against which I can extrapolate our TOTAL extended family
VOTER & TAX TAKE value for the 360 of us on the records of OSPA, UK.
In the case of UK Diasporan Pensioners whose extended family are partly
resident elsewhere in the diaspora, their data should still be
included…. For the milking of Western Aid by the Zimbabwe Administration
is not confined solely to the milking of the British Taxpayer.
I need to look to all addressees to help me gather as many sample extended family stats as possible. Please now assist me to do so accordingly via your own Associations, Newsgroups & Networks.
Each of you can then anonymously encode the final data set per family
and send it to me in a one-off return along the lines of the following
Pseudonym VOTE pa . VOTES TAX pa .
360x £24 720
£13 440 000 [or say US$20 Million TAX TAKE
just from the UK Diasporan Pensioner families])
From the collected data, I aim to extrapolate a representation of our weighted “extended family VOTER & TAX TAKE Value”
for the 360x OSPA Zim Pensioner demographic profile. I am happy to do
likewise and/or include the FLF Zim Pensioner demographic Profile, but I
am minded not to upset the tenuous Zim Pensions that some of the South
African resident & domiciled group already enjoy.
Having said all this, I would still like to collect & collate the same “extended family VOTER & TAX TAKE Value” for all ZIM-DIASPORAN PENSIONERS….. i.e. not just those resident in the UK.
You see, at the end of the day, the total ZIM-ZANUpf fraud targeted on
the global ZIM-DIASPORAN Pensioner Community of some 3000-4000x odd
elderly, frail, deceased, widowed, etc pensioners (and their Deceased
Estates), in itself warrants consideration as a racist crime against
humanity and, moreover, is of itself prima facie evidence of a
deliberate & monumental ZIM-State-Sponsored Fraud that now runs into
around US$4-5 MILLION a year (totalling around US$45-50 MILLION over
the last ten years). In many cases, this unlawful withholding (and de facto
theft) of lawful Pensioner Emoluments is simply offset by Social
Security Payments to affected Diasporan Pensioners from the budgets of
the host nations where they now reside in that Diaspora. And all this
whilst UK+WESTERN-ZIM-AID is being generously INCREASED
year-on-year….UK-ZIM-AID via DfID nearly DOUBLED during the last
financial year to around US$150 MILLION. All this too, whilst donor
nations like the UK are actually DECREASING their internal Social
Security and other budgets. This creates the now questionable situation
whereby, in the case of the UK for example, the delinquent ZANUpf
Government of Zimbabwe can continue to expect to find itself enabled to
have its own cake, our pensioner cake, the AID cake, and eat the lot…..
whilst expecting us all to keep quiet (and as I have already written
POLICY in Whitehall, London, (and other western donor capitals) along
with muddled thinking in both DfID and the FCO, have the effect that
they too continue to (wrongly) support this fraudulent continuation of
such a scandalous state of affairs (with an apparent pretence that it is
quite acceptable, simply because it has always been so). The continued
complicity by HM Govt (and other donor governments) in this now long
outstanding matter would seem to be placing these western officials and
our western politicians in positions of culpability alongside the
responsible officials and politicians in the Zimbabwe regime(s). It is
time for them to be made bluntly aware of this….. INDEED, it is long
overdue now !
Gentlemen, please assist me accordingly in this project. Please do so soon. Thank you all.
Aussie Austin J