Maj Gen Nyika­yaramba hit nail on the head

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDITOR — Ma­jor Gen­eral Dou­glas Nyika­yaramba notes cor­rectly that cor­rup­tion is a na­tional se­cu­rity threat and so in­deed is fis­cal mis­man­age­ment.

His pro­posal for an army bud­get of US$550 mil­lion is mod­est by all stan­dards, ex­cept when read to­gether with the rather small GDP. Then it looks ex­trav­a­gant.

Nato urges its mem­ber coun­tries to bud­get at least 2 per­cent of GDP for their de­fence forces, but only a few spend as much.

If Zim­babwe was to do the same the com­bined army and air force bud­gets should be no more than half the army’s es­ti­mate for 2017.

The way to raise the amount go­ing for­ward is grow­ing the econ­omy at dou­ble digit fig­ures and that re­quires that for the time be­ing ex­pen­di­ture be re­duced.

It calls for in­no­va­tion from the army, po­lice, air­force and the in­tel­li­gence corps if the na­tion is to pull it­self from eco­nomic stag­na­tion.

In terms of man­power in the de­fence forces, we have no op­tion but to down­size by as much as two thirds to not more than 15 000 men un­der arms.

Given our his­tory the onus is on the gen­er­als to sug­gest this to the Trea­sury, the ex­ec­u­tive and the leg­is­la­ture. Their coun­try needs them. Chi­ro­rodziva, Via email

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