No reprieve for civil servants

HARARE - Government employees will have to do without a fixed pay date for the foreseeable future, with their employer saying the situation will only improve when the financial problems it is currently grappling with subside.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament on Wednesday that government had to  improve production capacities in the manufacturing industry to improve its revenue streams before reverting back to a fixed pay date.

Chinamasa was responding to questions by legislators on what government was doing to ensure that civil servants’ pay dates are not frequently changed to enable them to budget properly.

“The financial situation is not very good and we will have to ramp up production so as to broaden our tax base,” Chinamasa told the House of Assembly.

He urged Zimbabweans to appreciate government’s efforts in ensuring that public servants are remunerated. 

“I thought we should be applauded for meeting our obligations under very difficult conditions,” Chinamasa said.

The Finance ministry has this month moved pay dates for the civil service and pensioners.

In a statement, Civil Service Commission secretary Pretty Sunguro, said those in the education sector would now access their salaries today.

She said other civil servants who were scheduled to get paid next week on Thursday would now have to get their salaries on May 29.

This is the third time that civil servants’ pay dates have had been moved as government failed to mobilise resources to pay them.

Last month, government workers had their pay dates moved due to what authorities claimed were challenges related to the transmission of the money during the Easter holidays.

The least paid civil servant now earns $375 with a pay schedule gobbling $155 million monthly for all the 230 000 workers.


Comments (8)

Sooner or later,there won't be any pay for these civil servants.Don't forget cde Chinamasa was recently on a world tour with a begging bowl & brought absolutely nothing. He even hates the question on repayment plan for what we owe. ZIMBABWE,SUFFER CONTINUE!!!

KHULEKHULE - 16 May 2014

My advice to Mr Chinamasa is that he should actually add the Zimbabwe dollar to the current multi-currency system to enable him to pay for workers on time. Like it or not, its better than not knowing when you will get the next salary or not paid at all.

Ziziharinanyanga - 16 May 2014

Find money Chinamasa.We don't want to hear this circus and mickey-mouse excuses.


I can foretell great misery to come due to wicked men in power.

gombiro - 16 May 2014

This is a response to liquidity crisis....If you pay teachers today it will take about 2 weeks for that money to be spent and tax revenues inflows to reach the level where other civil service can get paid....this is better than kunzi pay is in the account but there is no money at the bank...At least this way people get their money....Chinamasa&Gvt are doing the best under impossible conditions

wezhira wezhara - 17 May 2014

Thought China mass new everything, remember how he demonised Biti last year. Zimbabwe now misfiring

Maheu - 18 May 2014

Chinamasa is not serious about expanding the tax base. More than 1 billion dollars is transferred every day at Mbare Musika, Mupedza Nhamo, Siya So and a host of other"nidigenous/informalbusineses without a cent going to Treasury in taxes. Meanwhile the few formal businesses which are taxed continue to fall in number because of the 51% indigenisation law. No, the situation will never improve uncle Pat, not with only 10% of the population paying taxes!

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