Mugabe seeking steps to speed up public employees’ pay

ZIMBABWE’S government is working on measures to avoid delays in salary payments to soldiers, police officers and other public employees, President Robert Mugabe said on Monday. ‘

Source: Mugabe seeking steps to speed up public employees’ pay – The Zimbabwe Independent August 9, 2016

The southern African country has struggled to pay public workers on time as it struggles with its worst financial squeeze since it dumped its hyperinflation-hit currency in 2009 and adopted the United States dollar.

Monthly salaries for army soldiers, police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers and other public employees have been delayed for weeks over the past few months.

This led to strikes in July that closed businesses, government offices, schools and hospitals – the most significant popular defiance of the long-ruling, 92-year-old Mugabe in a decade.

“Measures to avoid delays in the payment of salaries for civil servants are being developed,” Mugabe said in his annual National Heroes Day speech honouring guerrillas who died in Zimbabwe’s 1970s war of independence. He gave no details.

Continued salary delays could stoke political tensions in Zimbabwe, which has been plagued by drought, a drop in mineral prices and chronic cash shortages – all factors behind unrest against Mugabe, the only leader independent Zimbabwe has known.

At the height of the protests, war veterans turned on their long-time patron Mugabe, describing him as a dictator in a jolting rebuke underlining mounting anger over economic woes.

Mugabe dismissed a call from veterans for his resignation, saying he was in power by popular vote and accusing critics of plotting his ouster in league with long time critics in the West.-Fin24


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    We knew what he was in 1981……..It has taken the war vets 36 years to do the same……but they were NEVER renowned for their intelligence…..

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    Gweme 6 years ago

    Mugabe is a failure who knows how to stay in power at all costs. All these things he says are sewage to keep Zimbabweans thinking he will now do what he failed to do for close to 40years. How lowly our country people think.

    How can we place our future and our children’s future in the hands of a failed geriatric simply because he is a so called veteran leader?