Bonus for civil servants | The Herald

via Bonus for civil servants | The Herald November 2, 2013 by Zvamaida Murwira  

Civil servants will get their bonus this month and Treasury has already started looking for the money, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. In an interview on the sidelines of a pre-budget seminar being attended by MPs, the minister said although Government had limited fiscal space, it would, however, honour payment of bonus for civil servants.

“We are working towards payment of the 13th cheque to be paid possibly at the end of November. We will honour it (payment of bonus),” said Minister Chinamasa.

Asked about progress on salary adjustments of civil servants, he said another different Government arm was seized with that and they were waiting to hear what they would agree upon.

“There are negotiations going on. I don’t know how far they have gone. There are people doing that and you can ask them,” said Minister Chinamasa.

Negotiations of salary adjustments for civil servants have been stalled as trade unions are still haggling on people to second to the National Joint Negotiation Council.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly, Cde Jacob Mudenda implored legislators to closely scrutinise the national budget before passing it. Officially opening the pre-budget seminar yesterday, Cde Mudenda said in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, the budget could be passed as late as January next year, thus giving them enough time to analyse it.

“Therefore a budget can be passed by Parliament between December and the end of January of the coming financial year, a period of almost 60 days. I believe this offers us sufficient time to interrogate the budget and we must make the best out of the time availed to us by statutes,” he said.

Cde Mudenda said the reform process that was led by former Speaker of Parliament, Cde Cyril Ndebele in 1999 empowered Parliament to interrogate the national budget and not just rubber-stamp it.

“I therefore wish to reiterate that it cannot be the role of Parliament to ‘fiddle while Rome burns’, for indeed that is how the electorate would view us if we fiddle,” he said.

Yesterday’s consultative meetings were characterised by jeering of each other among legislators.

MDC-T MPs heckled at Minister Chinamasa when he said the budget performance figures he presented did not capture the background of sanctions crippling the economy.

At the beginning of the seminar, Cde Mudenda reprimanded some legislators for coming to the workshop late, saying they were shortchanging the electorate. Several Ministers, captains of industry and bankers are expected to deliver speeches during the three-day workshop.



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    Tjingababili 11 years ago


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    Charlie Cochrane 11 years ago

    Minister ‘China masta’ it’s NOT sanctions crippling your economy……….it’s greedy, stupid, incompetent, evil, jealous, racist zanu morons like you!!………..why waste my breath, he’s too stupid to understand.
    These zanu boors are like the ‘briefcase businessman’ of the 80’s and 90’s, an early zanu ‘indigenisation scheme’ whereby when a company needed to import material for its production requirements it needed to source a licence to purchase said material only the $1000 000 licence wasn’t issued to the company but rather to zanu ‘businessmen’ ( now that’s an oxymoron if ever there was one) who then sold it to the company that needed it for, you guessed it, $1000 000!!!! That’s right, mugabenomics meant that the relevant company had to pay $2000 000 for $1000 000 worth of material Who really paid the extra, the man on the street of course……………NO, it’s not the mythical sanctions that have destroyed zimbabwe, only the incompetence and greed and stupidity of the morons who’ve run the country since 1980…………good luck for the next 5 years although I suspect you’ll all be speaking chinese by then.ha ha

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    Unfortunately they are seen as “evil” servants when it comes to rewarding them. Will see what they give them with so much marange diamonds not accounted for. Kufa nenyota makumbo Ari mumvura. Viva zanu!

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    Chivulamapoti 11 years ago

    Well done, ZANU-PF is looking around for money to pay the 13th month ‘Bonus’ to Civil Servants, when the Game Keepers, anti-poaching Guards and Patrolmen went 6 month without pay. Not that that was enough of a hardship, they then were FIRED! I hope these ‘uncivil servants’ enjoy their ill-gotten bonuses. Pigs!

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    Haruna 11 years ago

    Thats not news that civil servants will get bonuses, they deserve it. Salary increament will be news.

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    Shame 11 years ago

    @Charlie Cochrane

    You are so stupid charlie, and very silly!
    Zimbabweans speaking Chinese for the next 5 years is not a sin.Did you think speaking English was the highest blessing on this earth? Was Rhodes ever asked to bring English language to Zimbabwe? When you look at ZImbabweans do you see a colonial void begging for the Anglaise to come back to fill it up? Like ZImbabweans are incomplete without the English? Kutozoitawo shanje kuti he-e-e makuzotaura Chinese kwe 5 years, he-e-e what what. Uri Bhambi mfana. Shame, shame, shame, Charlie!

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    bango 11 years ago

    Shame, shame,shame!

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    Kubota Binga 11 years ago

    They deserve it!
    Will boost expenditure and trickle down to the guy at the growth point in Binga selling fish!

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    BossMyass 11 years ago

    Colonialists did not give workers names of their important ancestors, of any important person or even big animal. They gave them names of the smallest or least important things in society, things like utensils, tools and small animals. In our societies today just see how many families have taken names of tools, utensils and small animals as family names; names like Torofero from the words- tall fellow and basikoro from bicycle have become family names although they are neither Shona nor Ndebele.

    For over 200 years black people were captured, ‘tamed’, chained like beasts to provide labour. Blacks became the energy that moved ships across the oceans, that moved stones, earth and wood on land and that transported water.We talk of the stone age, the bronze age and iron age and stop there because after that was the slave age that created the industrial revolution. Slavery then became uneconomical because the industrial revolution demanded use of other metals and black labour became the energy that created colonialism. So for another 100 years slave labour was transformed into ‘paid’ labour, but the principle remained the same. So for over 300 years black people looked at themselves as inferior. They accepted that dark skins were ugly, dirty and sub-human; food from Africa was unhealthy; music from Africa was uninteresting; African languages were embarrassing; African clothes were primitive; African huts were uncivilised and that Africans were the lowest class of the human race.

    The first stage of our internal injury is acceptance of these negative stereotypes. Where ever you go, whatever you do, you have the painful burden of feeling that you are less human than others.The colonial master then used our internalised oppression to injure us further financially, socially and politically. Many of our youth travel often long distances to shops to buy skin lightening creams, wasting money they could have used to improve their health. Some girls burned their ears and fingers using hot stones to stretch their hair because African hair was not straight and so regarded as ugly. Indeed some burned their heads and ended with serious disabilities after they used inappropriate oils to straighten hair. Many of our leaders wear inappropriate clothes, such as winter suits and ties in summer, at rural functions in the middle of tropical countries.

    There are numerous examples of how we have caused ourselves unnecessary pain, injury and suffering because we now believe some of the things used by our former oppressors are better than our own. Laura Padilla says: all manner of self-invalidation, self-doubt, isolation, fear, feeling of powerlessness and despair are signs of internalised oppression. When we do Phds at 70, it is probably because we want to prove that we can pass at any Western degree level. When President Mugabe did 7 degrees, it was probably because he had nothing to do in detention, but more so to show he could pass any Western university degree. He therefore caused himself pain to prove he was equal to the whites.Slavery and colonialism were political models structured on cruelty, murders, tortures, and other evils. There is no example anywhere in African history where capitalist systems were based on alternative models. Secondly throughout colonialism, the rulers lived in extreme luxury while the blacks lived in the extreme opposite. Suddenly, through a process of ‘democratic elections’ a man or woman that has internalised racism becomes the new ruler of a capitalist [socialist] state. His two models of government structure are the colonial structure which makes him inherit a state house and several private homes he never believed could be occupied by a black man.

    The other model is the socialist [communist] model based on direct dictatorship of the ‘proletariat’. This man is faced with an impossible: he must create a government of love never seen anywhere before and yet he is internally injured with the illness of internalised racism.We know that every hurt or mistreatment, if not discharged (healed) will create a distress pattern [some form of rigid destructive or ineffective feeling and behaviour] in the victim of this mistreatment. This distress pattern, when restimulated, will tend to push the victim through a re-enactment of the original distress experiences, either with someone else in the victim role or, when this is not possible, with the original victim being the object of his/her distress pattern.

    Robert Mugabe initially falsely “adopted ‘socialism’” but this pattern could not successfully accommodate his internalised oppression. He was helped by the collapse of the Soviet Empire to come in the open. So, from c1990 he openly practised capitalism. He created individuals [army commanders, members of parliament and a limited group of elite academics] to act as his assistants, just like the colonial governments.

    Through them, he plundered the country’s resources and sent the wealth to Europe and America. Never in the history of Zimbabwe have so many people been openly gunned down by their elected leader .Never have people’s homes been touched by fellow ‘comrades’.Never have people been thrown in jail without food until they starve to death. Never have people been captured and forced to mine minerals for army commanders. The stories of inhuman treatment of people by the Mugabe Government can only be better told by those that suffered them.

    Mugabe’s internalised oppression has left a record of suffering in Zimbabwe which may never be matched by any future Government. After a period of only 30 years, Zimbabwe is one of the poorest countries in the World.