Cabinet acts on council bosses' salaries, perks

HARARE - Municipal bosses all over Zimbabwe were awarding themselves lowly basic monthly salaries, albeit accompanied by hefty benefits.

In a salary schedule produced by the Cabinet Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals Development on Tuesday, town clerks were getting monthly salaries of about $2 000 on average and benefits as high as $17 000.

This occurred at a time when councils all over the country were struggling to offer efficient service delivery to the people.

Patrick Chinamasa, Finance minister and chairperson of the Cabinet committee said he suspected that the city bosses used this anomaly to evade paying taxes.

“We will wait for the audits to be finished but we suspect that there was prevalence of scheming and other tax evasion practices,” Chinamasa said.

“If you look at Plumtree Town Council, the town clerk was getting a salary of $1 173. He or she will be telling people that things are difficult because he or she earns a paltry salary. But look at the benefits. They are pegged at $17 027.

“Surely, can a small town such as Plumtree have someone claiming benefits of $17 000, what for?”

In Harare, the town clerk was getting a monthly basic salary of $14 000 and benefits of $23 313, while in the second largest city, Bulawayo, the town clerk took home $5 182 as a basic salary and $11 379 as a guaranteed package.

The least paid were from Rushinga Rural District Council (RRDC), Mvurwi Town Council and Mberengwa Rural District Council.

In total, all the 91 local government bosses received $729 861 a month, an amount which could have gone a long way in easing service delivery challenges.

Chinamasa said under an interim salary structure, only the Harare City Council and Bulawayo City Council clerks could receive a maximum of

$6 000 inclusive of all benefits.

The rest of the municipal bosses will get salaries of not more than $3 072.

Town council, boards and RDC bosses will not earn salaries, inclusive of benefits, above $2 457.

Chinamasa said the ratio between the basic salary and benefits should be 60 percent and 40 percent respectively.

Comments (4)

Is this corruption or eruption? And what about the bosses of these bosses what are they earning inclusive of benefits?

Regalia - 20 March 2014

Among the least paid is my rural district of Mberengwa naizvozvo unongoona hakuna budiriro kunzvimbo kwedu . Maida kuti vatorei ikokusina kana chinhu kuda kubayira mukwasha Jongwe rakabata musha unoti huku dzingachochonywa sei . Ndinoti vana Baba Gumbo itai budiriro isvike kwedu ndokuti vabewo zvirinani . Zvimwe madhara ekwedu arimuZANU anofara chose kuti kwedu mari yaitogwa ishoma asi chokwadi chiripo hakuna budiriro and vanhu varombo so unofunga mari inobvepi. Kuba hungezviripo ungada kuba mazai emhambo imwe pamusha unobatwa zvee

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 20 March 2014

lets not expect gvt to do every for you, lets have our own initiatives, poverty alleviation projects and summon gvt to fund the projects we started, if it is farming, lets not wait for the summer rains but irrigation, water pumps are cheap starting as from $27-00, if electricity is a problem lets go for bio gas and convert bio gas to electricity, handei kuMbare kumusika kana Chikwanha market, vanhu vanovhara mhino because of bad smell, from decomposing vegetables, if a bio gas facility is contracted at these market so that miriwo yaipa yoraswa muchitengi then we get methane gas and convert it to electricity, also mafarmers and abettors seKaola neMutangadura can build bio gas facility and use ndove yemombe kana nguruve to put it in the bio gas tank and get methane gas which is again converted into electricity then cut off from national grid, Cresta and Irvine are some who can harness bio gas for the generation of electricity. this is also a challenge to farmers to set up bio gas facilities, mupfudze unobuda mutank rebio gas is as good as fertiliser, is friendly to our environment, also cut on the carbon emission. Countries like China, Japan and Germany get some of their electricity from bio gas. $500-00 may be too much to construct the bio gas tank to supply enough gas for household use daily, 256 buckets dzendove yemombe needed to fill the tank uchitanga watopedza, then add one bucket pazuva into the tank chete. Pamisika yedu mbeswa dzakuipa dzokandwa muchitank, Kanzuru haichina problem yekututa marara because rubbish is converted into good use, and also misika yedu yakukwanisa kugadzira magetsi. The duty of government on this is to supply the generators which converts methane gas to electricity. lets help our country its ours to build or destroy

vigilante - 22 March 2014

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