‘Zim govt can’t guarantee pay dates for civil servants’

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | ‘Zim govt can’t guarantee pay dates for civil servants’ 18 July 2014 by Lloyd Gumbo

Government has said it cannot guarantee fixed pay dates for civil servants given the economic hardships the country is facing and  employees will continue to receive payslips without pay dates.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Tongai Muzenda told the Senate yesterday that Government was committed to paying its workers.

He was responding to a question from MDC-T Senator for Matabeleland South, Watchy Sibanda, who wanted to know if Government workers could be guaranteed of getting their salaries given that pay dates are not reflected on their pay slips.

“As you know, as a nation we are doing our best to try and raise money for the civil servants,” said Deputy Minister Muzenda.

“The new pay slips, you are right Senator that there are no dates and it is not an omission, it’s just saying we are going to pay in the due month.

“We do not want to make false promises as the (Civil Service) Commission does not put the dates on the pay slips and that is going to be the case for sometime until our economy has stabilised.”

Deputy Minister Muzenda said Government would only unfreeze recruitment posts for critical sectors like indigenous minority language teachers and health personnel.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora also told Senators that Government had only banned extra lessons for non-examination classes.

He was responding to Zanu-PF Senator for Midlands, Tsitsi Muzenda, who wanted to know the correct Government position on incentives and holiday lessons.

“We said school heads know how to ask for a special dispensation for examination classes – Grade Seven, Form Four and Form Six,” he said.

“We did not say they should not have extra lessons. Heads should request for permission from the District Education Officer.”

Minister Dokora said traditional leaders should summon parents who fail to pay school fees for their children, while in urban centres, school authorities can take the parents to court.

Chief’s Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira asked if traditional leaders could arrest parents for failing to pay fees in primary school, given that the Constitution says every child was entitled to free basic primary education.

Minister Dokora said Government had no capacity to fund basic primary education and as such parents should continue to pay.

Mashonaland Central Senator Damian Mumvuri (Zanu-PF) asked Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development Minister Olivia Muchena Government’s reaction to the “controversy” surrounding the awarding of honorary degrees to most influential philanthropists including musician Oliver Mtukudzi last week by the International Institute of Philanthropy.

Minister Muchena said there was nothing wrong with the degrees since they were awarded for philanthropic work.

“We didn’t find it necessary to interfere or react (to the controversy) because our understanding was that the degrees were for philanthropy, for people who use their wealth or influence to help those in need,” she said.

“Those who give out those degrees do not expect payment. The degrees that concern us are those that people sit for. We saw that people are now mixing issues. I saw that the Institute appreciated people who are not usually appreciated.”


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    Chaka 7 years ago

    Every fellow Zimbo knew the stipulated civil servants pay dates would not be guaranteed. Actually it would be a surprise if they were honoured. With the zpf gvt, promises are there to be broken, just as the law and the constitution

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      Kusvikazvanaka 7 years ago

      Meanwhile Gushungo Dairy Farm is producing hundreds of thousands of milk for the nation. Remember Gushungo Dairy farm is the most sophisticated and computerized milking equipment in Southern Africa. The equipment costed ONLY $15 MILLION USD. Yes $15M USD ONLY. Grace the mother of the NATION has just 9 Homes in Zimbabwe and several outside the country. Each home is worth just about $6 MILLION DOLLARS ONLY. There sre a few like the one in SOUTH AFRICA which was built for $6 MILLION Dollars. The one mansion in MALAYSIA is worth $7.5 Million. Meanwhile we all know that Grace owns about 55% of all diamonds from Chiyadzwa. What do you expect , she is the first lady and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what our loving mother owns. She looks after orphans remember. Come October, the government will tell all workers that they should behave like the comrades did during the WAR of liberation: Sacrifice all and the rewards will come later after the economy comes into their hands. Yes, it will be soon. All the few white farmers and all industries will be in our hands comrades. All roads, bridges, hospitals and all dip tanks will be ours so will be all the diamonds, gold, coal and platinum in Zimbabwe!!!

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    Oh!! my living God Zimbabweans can vote,if indeed we voted consciously for these miseries then it means we are all schizophrenic patients in Zim. Absolutely out of touch with our realities around us.

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    Wethu 7 years ago

    Very soon they won’t be guaranteeing any pay for the civil servants!

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    Mandevu 7 years ago

    ZPF have lost control of the economy (and in fact our entire country), so from here on nothing is guaranteed

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      Larry King 7 years ago

      Zanu PF have never had control of the economy, never ever in its 35 years. Only thing that they have control of is their pockets and how much they can fill it up with. As for the rest of the 13 million Zimbabweans they can s@hit in their pants and wait for better days which will not come in a thousand years. Was this not correctly predicted by Ian Smith that the majority blacks will get no benefit from one man one vote. They will instead get a corrupt minority black regime. Mugabe is the ring leader of this mafia style regime and he does not want to step down because he knows the consequences of doing so

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    watcher 7 years ago

    The beginning of the end

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    …..until economy stabilises…

    which is like “when the donkeys grow horns by ZPF standards.”

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    Mena Bona 7 years ago

    They have enough to host the AU conference at Vic Falls. Seems food security will be on the top of the agenda. My word, this from the one country in Africa that has totally devastated their ability to grow food. From the bread basket the begging basket, but fat roll necked thieves will sit, talk carbage and drink Black Label. What a travisty.

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    just give the civil servants Reserve bank of Zimbabwe bonds – then all will be happy – just like when we had zim dollars !

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    Che'guevara 7 years ago

    Chimwe chirunguwo chinotaugwa pano paforum. Unobva washaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei.

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    Panda moyo 7 years ago

    Che .if the broken english was wrtten by a chinese,arab or russian it wouldnt hav mattered to you.however you expect zimbabweans to write and speak as well as the queen.not evryone can achieve that fit.if you undersand the comments why worry?

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    Reverend 7 years ago

    1) Polarised army will be paid first to keep the guns on their side.
    2)The police are making their own wages every day and as much as they can OFF the books.
    3)The rest of you will probably only get paid next year if youre lucky.
    How do they say it? Pamberi ne zanu and their chinese friends.

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    steve 7 years ago

    this is really unfaithful

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    CHEKWA C 7 years ago

    ministert of primary and secondary education tipei imwe nzira kweti kuti nyaya yekushiwa kwevabereki yopinzwa mudare

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    moyokumusha 7 years ago

    Even more corruption to come now, if that is possible. Soon it will be a bribe for anything ( like enter the door )from a government department.

    All the family members who have been given a job will now start to realise that sekuru can no longer look after them, and so the support will fall.