CIO pay day moved

via CIO pay day moved – The Zimbabwean 24 September 2015

President Robert Mugabe’s trusted spooks in the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have not been spared the current economic problems – with their pay day being moved by almost two weeks. Sources confided in The Zimbabwean that the dates were moved in May this year as government struggled to mobilise enough revenue to pay public employees

President Robert Mugabe’s trusted spooks in the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have not been spared the current economic problems – with their pay day being moved by almost two weeks.

Sources confided in The Zimbabwean that the dates were moved in May this year as government struggled to mobilise enough revenue to pay public employees on time.

“We used to get our salary mid-month, mostly around the 13th, but the dates have been pushed close to the end of the month, mostly around the 26th,” said a source. CIO operatives are seen as Mugabe’s blue-eyed employees because they provide him with vital information to prop up his increasingly unpopular government. The shift in CIO pay days has generated disgruntlement among the operatives, the sources said.

“Most of us are not happy with this. We used to get preferential treatment, but this is no longer the case. How does the president expect us to be loyal to him when we are being treated like this? Morale is very low among the ranks and most of us are no longer as dedicated to the job as we used to be,” added the source.

$400 a month
He said staff were struggling to budget as they were used to the mid-month pay-out dates. Other intelligence sources said their salaries were poor, with junior officers taking home less than $400 a month.

They said only those that had been given farms or engaged in underhand business deals like poaching or those belonging to close security where they obtained regular allowances were breaking even, while the majority lived from hand-to-mouth. “We are struggling to pay rent or send our children to school. We have become a laughing stock in our neighbourhoods because of the poor salaries. People wonder why those that work for the president live miserable lives. No wonder some of us are resorting to corruption,” said another source.

Mugabe has for a long time been accused of using the spy agency to monitor his opponents as a way of weakening their fight against continued Zanu (PF) rule. CIO operatives have been fingered in torture, murder and the disappearance of people considered enemies of the ruling party.

Serious divisions
The source said serious divisions within CIO had worsened disgruntlement especially in the rank and file. Operatives that have been linked to ousted former deputy president, Joice Mujuru, are reportedly being side-lined from income-generating external trips while those that are seen as Mugabe loyalists are the ones being handsomely rewarded.

CIO director general, Happyton Bonyongwe, was named as a Mujuru loyalist and reported to have been lined up for dismissal.
His contract has been renewed for another year, but he has reportedly been reduced to a sitting duck as major decisions are being made by his juniors.

Some of the officers linked to Mujuru have already been dismissed or reassigned, said the sources, resulting in widespread fear of victimisation as agents are being labelled and unfairly punished.
Since the contested 2013 general elections that Mugabe and Zanu (PF) “won”, the economy has been in a free fall, with government struggling to raise enough money to pay civil servants and fund key public projects. As a result, salaries have either been delayed or pushed to other dates.

Extreme measures
Government -controlled institutions such as parastatals, colleges and universities have also been affected.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) at the beginning of the year released a new schedule of paydays whereby most civil servants were moved from slightly after mid-month to the end of the month.
These include teachers, nurses, the army and line ministry employees, in addition to pensioners and war veterans.

In desperation, government, through the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has adopted extreme measures to increase revenue, among them garnishing companies and extending taxation to the informal sector.

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    “No wonder some of us are resorting to corruption,” said another source.

    chokwadi? isn’t corruption the life-blood of mugabe’s patronage system?

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    Gomogranny 5 years ago

    CIO have killed 75% of the elephants in the Chizarira area over the past 3 years….to keep paying salaries. Skins, tusks and bones all going out to our Eastern “friends”. Check out the tobacco bales going to China people…..there are more than a few golden leaves in there….but now the beans have been spilled so it’s getting harder. Better sell a few more baby elephants to zoos then I suppose? So much for “conservation” in Zimbabwe.

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    grabmore 5 years ago

    Imagine being a poacher and still receive $400 in your bank account every month?

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    SUCK IT UP YOU IDIOTS–What is your job description anyway– and how does that benefit Zimbabwe as a country– buy a fluorescent vest and join traffic they make a fortune I am told– they wouldn’t trust you though as you may be a (SELL OUT )LOL!!

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    ‘CIO pay day moved. ….“We used to get our salary mid-month, mostly around the 13th, but the dates have been pushed close to the end of the month, mostly around the 26th,” said a source …’

    “Salary!”. Shame on these idiots. Do they know the definition of ‘salary’? Sure, sure, kupwera munhu agare mubhawa achiterera kuti ndiyani anotaura kuti “svidhara svine 98 yrs svachembera” ringanzi ndiro basa iroro rokuti munhu angatoti ndiri kuwana ‘salary’? Isn’t that madness.

    It’s not a salary, it’s simply a portion of the loot. So, if there is nothing looted then nothing to be shared – that’s what these idiots need understand & stop making noise. The guys are paid to facilitate or to actively engage in theft and looting – so no loot/theft no dividend to you guys. Finish & Klaar!

    In fact, its a matter of time, soon you will be eating each other – that is if you haven’t started yet.

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    IAN SMITH 5 years ago

    CIO go to church pray for forgiveness, leave your evil ways.
    The wages of sin is death.

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    Trebor Ebagum 5 years ago

    Now see, if Zim was still on the Zim dollar, Zanu could print all the play money it wanted too. Besides it’s ony a pretend country anyway. There is no REAL government, no REAL judiciary, no REAL legislature, no REAL president. Just a bunch of corrupt individuals with law-of-the-jungle mindsets.

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    The best way to tell the whole nation, who are the secret agents.So watch your neighbour if he his happy and having a party on such a day every every month, then drink his beer if you are invited,then be carefull what you say when you get drunk.

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    Soon it will be the police and the army who have problems getting paid. That will be the end

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    Jono Austin 5 years ago

    Is there any valid reason why the whole lot should not be lined up against a wall and shot dead? CIO, Mugabe and his Zanu hierarchy, heads of police and army. One thing I guarantee you-Zim will not be any worse off. What exactly do these leeches aka murderers who are sucking Zimbabwe’s life blood bring to the party?

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    Qaqaqa 5 years ago

    You the so called CIO,S are a real a curse to the population of this country,you have been prolonging the life of the most useless selfish dictator one can ever find on this planet against the will of the people not you are complaining that your pay dates have been shifted against your will ,now you wan,t us to sympathetic to you,get lost we are not going to do that,we are very angry with you,even if you are not paid for the whole year,we don,t give a damn,continue protecting you dictator regardless.

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    IAmTaka 5 years ago

    I would be willing to get the 400$ every month.