via Thousands suffer as govt fails to pay pensions | The Zimbabwean 19.03.14 by Nelson Sibanda
Under normal circumstances, retired government workers would get terminal benefits on the last pay date of service, and the lump sum three months later followed by monthly life payments.
The lowest ranking member of the Defence Forces would receive an average $16,000 lump sum, depending on period of service while those in other government ministries should pocket a minimum $6,000.
“The problem now is that the terminally ill and those due for retirement are hesitant to submit applications to quit employment due to non-availability of pension funds,” said a terminally ill teacher.
A retired soldier, identified as Never Chako, said he was yet to benefit from the lump sum pension eight months after retiring on medical grounds. “The situation is so desperate that the pensioners are living like paupers with no idea of when government will pay the lump sum,” he said.
The cash-strapped government has also failed to honour its promises to increase civil servants’ salaries in January 2014. The lowest paid worker was expected to get $505 per month up from $300.