via NSSA boss cagey on salary package 25/02/2014 by The Source
NATIONAL Social Security Authority (NSSA) general manager, James Matiza was on Monday taken to task over executive packages at the parastatal as Parliament continued scrutiny on salaries earned by management at public enterprises.
The Parliamentary portfolio committee on public service, labour and social welfare on Monday also demanded to know the frequency and interest rates on loans to NSSA employees.
Recent disclosures of executive compensation at the Public Service Medical Aid Society and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation have triggered public outrage with some of their executives being shown to earn monthly salaries running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Matiza said housing loans to employees attracted a five percent interest and also that they could access a vehicle loan every five years.
“We were requested by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to submit salary schedules for our parastatal. We did that through our parent ministry who in turn sent them to the OPC. That is as much as I can say,” Matiza said.
“As for figures, I don’t think I have the authority to say…but I want to believe that by not seeing NSSA in the newspapers to say that managers are earning $230 000, is a sign that maybe there is nothing awkward on the salary schedule that we sent.”
“Manager I think that is a bit arrogant for you to say that to this committee. We are not (your) subordinates. We are here at the instance of the public, the people of Zimbabwe therefore we don’t expect that kind of conduct from a public servant,” said the legislator for Binga North, Dubeko Prince Sibanda.
“We did not anticipate this question when we came here, therefore we did not come with the schedule. If the committee wants us to submit the schedule, we will through our parent ministry,” Matiza said.