Langa assures Youth Games creditors

BULAWAYO - Sports minister Andrew Langa has assured service providers and volunteers for the 2014 African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games will be paid in due course.

Zimbabwe hosted the Games last December in Bulawayo but most of the service providers are yet to be paid a month after the conclusion of the event.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Bulawayo on Fridaday, Langa said: “We will make sure that all those who provided the goods and services will be paid their dues accordingly.

“The remuneration of the staff members will also been done according to the agreement made. There is no reason for me to lie to the nation about the date of the payments.

“I will have a meeting with the highest office in Harare next week and that’s when I can be able to answer when exactly we will clear everyone.”

Langa also said the Local Organising Committee’s (Loc) offices will be operational up to June and they have since relocated from Bulawayo Polytechnic to the Africa House.

Most of the service providers owed monies by the Loc are not impressed with the delay that has occurred.

One of the service providers who spoke to the Daily News said: “They were hurrying us and we had to work day and night, at the end of the day they don’t pay us.

“We used a lot of our resources and we are now struggling in our business. No one is telling us when we are going to get our monies. It’s like we are looking for donations when we want what duly belongs to us. It’s unfair.”

Some of the members who held senior positions in the games especially those from outside Bulawayo are believed to have been paid $150 in daily allowances for the Games that ran from December 4 to 15.

The volunteers during the games were paid $10 per day which amounted to $150 per person.

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