Pensioners cry foul

HARARE - State pensioners across the country who were supposed to receive their November payouts last week have accused government of taking advantage of their old age.

The pensioners who comprise former teachers and police officers were seen queuing outside banks waiting for their monthly allowances.

Among some of the beneficiaries of State pension are war veterans, political detainees and their families and families of national heroes.

Government this year embarked on a civil service audit which also included pensioners’ payout to ascertain the exact number of ghost pensioners.

Some pensioners who spoke to the Daily News Sunday argued that government was taking advantage of their age as it knew they would not protest.

A retired police officer said after serving for nearly 40 years, government was taking their service to the State for granted.

He also said their payout used to be deposited into their bank accounts by the 30th of every month, however, now they receive the money during mid-month of another expected payout.

“I can no longer hustle like the young people nowadays. All I do is wait for my salary regardless of it being paltry.

“I earned every penny that I am supposed to be paid. They cannot tell us that the money was used at the Zanu PF conference because this trend of late payments has been on-going since May,” he said.

He said there has been no communication as to when the money will come and banks are also as puzzled with the situation.

Another pensioner said some had come from the rural areas and did not have any means to return as they were looking forward to their payout.

He said they should just be told the truth instead of being left to guess on the way forward with regards to their money.

“The pay is small and always in transit to make payments for various things. Right now some insurance that I had taken out was cancelled because of defaulting payment,” he said.

He added that government had now rendered pensioners destitute and was making it seem like a privilege that they were receiving their hard-earned money every month.

Comments (3)

It seems there is no effort being made to address this situation. Social safety nets should have been in place long back to cater for pensioners just learn from South Africa. What a shame!

nhamo chete - 13 December 2015

How will Mugabe answer to God ? nherera ne shirikadzi must be taken care of.

Tongogara - 14 December 2015

Why do people keep on supporting this disastrous party which causes hardships to people across the divide Pensioners must just run riot like South Africans do not the passive way, we Zimbabweans are. We will cry for years, let people just take mass action against this corrupt government.

Alex Darise - 14 December 2015

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