Anger at Govt pay date postponement

HARARE - Yesterday civil servants woke up to learn that Treasury had decided to change their May pay dates again, the third such change in a row.

Pay day for the Education sector was deferred by a day from May 15 to 16 with the rest of the civil service to be paid on May 29 instead of May 22. Pensioners’ pay date was pushed from May 28 to 30.

The Daily News crew of Jeffrey Muvundusi and Letwin Nyambayo took to the Bulawayo streets to hear what people had to say about this.

Priscilla Sithole, 45

“Government should learn to prioritise its workforce. The government is being unfair regarding the way it continues to play around with the pay dates. It is a sign of a big problem.

“Zanu PF has virtually failed and I think they should take responsibility for their action. I regard this as total failure and I can imagine where we are headed for. What remains is for them to tell us that there is no money at all.

“My husband is a civil servant, therefore what is happening is bad and we demand to know the truth.”

McStanley Mpofu, 29

“Since the elections, we have seen a gradual deterioration of the economic situation. As such, what is happening in the Public Service Commission is just a confirmation that we are on a downward spiral.

“It’s clear that minister Patrick Chinamasa and his team are failing to raise enough money for their workers. Where are the diamonds they used to talk about during the inclusive government?

Now they are quiet about the subject.

“A country is judged by how it treats its civil servants and in this case they have failed.”

Simbarashe Zinyengetere, 23

“The moving of pay dates is an indication that there is no money in the country. People should understand the economy and civil servants should be patient.”

Kevin Mlauzi, 40

“That is a serious inconvenience because what it means is that if you postpone a salary by a week, that person has gone for more than a month without getting his or her pay. What do you call that other than failure?”

Mikel Zvireva, 37

“The situation is just a passing phase as it is not new. We cannot say there is a major problem that people can go to town and ring alarm bells about, No. This is a common problem which has happened several times in the past. In any case, this is common in any country, especially developing ones like Zimbabwe.

“Besides, people should understand the dynamics of economics. What worsens this situation we are in is that we are not using our own currency in managing the economy.

“We should have our own currency, Mozambique and Zambia never threw away their kwacha when things wentbad.”

Sylvester Maramba, 35

“We had an inclusive government recently and decisions were contested. Building a shattered economy takes time so we cannot be quick to say Zanu PF has failed because as it is, it indicates that government is working on building the economy back to its feet.

“I can assure you that in the not so distant future, things will have normalised and all these problems will be a thing of the past.”

Timothy Shoko, 31

“A postponement by a week is nothing to make noise about. There is probably a solid reason why the government has moved the dates.

The days have just been moved by a week and a day in some so what problem are you talking about?

We are not jumping into another month without the pay as people want us to believe.

The problem will only come if they do not pay them totally.”

Comments (10)


fortune - 15 May 2014

This is gross incompitence from the executive branch. At this rate, Zimbabwe will slide back into pre 2008 conditions. Furthermore, I see that there are some who are government apologetics - wait till there is nothing in the shops then we will see if you sing praises for this deadwood government. The problem is not with government alone, even the people crying here were instrumental in voting this regime back into office -- so this is what you voted for -- enjoy

lex nhongo - 15 May 2014

Am taken aback by some of these comments. It's amazing to see people cannot discern what's happening to them. They are being eaten by bad government economics alive.

Ndini - 15 May 2014

Ndizvo zvamakavhotera saka regayi kunyunyuta vanhuwee

Mafirokureva - 15 May 2014

What? Revert to our own currency so that we can start printing worthless pieces of paper again. Have you already forgotten 2008? You need your memory examined. Why is government scared of Chiadzwa? Why are those diamonds untouchable?

Johno - 15 May 2014

It is clear that the finance Minister is failing to imbue with new life and vitality the economy of the country.

mzwezwe - 15 May 2014

kuchinja ne"1days" kana"1 wks" chete, chete....kune vamwe vane" 6 month" no pay and they don't even have an idea yepaichauya mu pvt sctor,ngatingo adjuster macomrades

pmatica - 15 May 2014

Guys, a miss is as good as a mile! Comparing two wrong answers does no make any one of them better. eg; 2+3=5 if someone says its 9 that's wrong but also it does not make any better if the other one says its no mater how close. So lets think like adults not like people who think wrong is meant for a party that I don't support. If we continue with such mentality this country will never prosper. We will have individuals being richer the country the Mobutu style--Shame on us!

chawodza - 16 May 2014

In April the excuse was that the Easter holiday had coincided with payday, what is the excuse now in May-Africa Day perhaps? Personally I would not be surprised if next in the month Civil servants wake up to headlines in the newspapers informing them that they will only be getting half their salaries and the other half after two weeks. The following month could even be skipped wholly, let's brace ourselves for the worst to come.

Dr Know - 16 May 2014

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