Broke Zim govt can't pay June salaries

HARARE - Despite its recent propaganda to the contrary, President Robert Mugabe’s government admitted yesterday that it was so broke that it could not manage to pay all civil servants their June salaries.

The embarrassing admission was contained in a Treasury circular that announced that the government would once again stagger the pay of civil servants this month, with some of them to receive their salaries only in mid-July.

Miffed government workers promptly slated the move, calling on Mugabe and his ministers to prioritise their welfare.

“I am pleased to advise that Treasury has successfully mobilised resources towards the full settlement of the 2015 bonus commitment.

“However, you are aware that against the background of severe revenue under-performance and related cash-flow challenges, government has been honouring its monthly wage bill obligations, albeit, through the continuous shifting of pay dates.

“It is on account of the above cash flow challenges that have necessitated... minister of Finance, in his communication copied to yourself, mobilisation of the requisite resources,” part of the circular signed by Treasury secretary Willard Manungo said.

The public sector wage bill currently gobbles more than 80 percent of government revenues.

According to yesterday’s communiqué, the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe will get their salaries on June 27, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services on June 30 and teachers only on July 7.

The health sector and the rest of the civil service will only get their June salaries deep into the next month, on July 14 — while pensioners will have to wait as far as July 19 for their June pensions.

Earlier this week, the much-harassed Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, John Mangudya, said the government was taking a number of measures to mitigate the country’s escalating liquidity crisis.

“Queues that you see at the banks, it’s not a run on deposits, but government has now spread pay dates, meaning almost every week some government workers will be paid,” he said.

In a statement yesterday, the Progressive Teachers Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ), described the announcement of the June pay dates as “shocking”.

“Without saying much, the battle-lines have been drawn. It’s clear that we will not be working from the 26th as we will not be having money for transport. We will also be classified as bad debtors from many service providers.

“Surely, it is time to fight this monster. We find it quite disturbing that government was not honest to divulge this painful reality in an NJNC (National Joint Negotiating Committee) meeting that happened 48 hours ago. It simply shows all was being done in bad faith,” the union said.

Comments (10)

If Civil Servants had support Chinamasa when he said no Bonus, this could have been avoided. People preferred to listen to a 92 year old fossil disguised as a president. Now the chickens have come home to roast.

Dingiswayo - 18 June 2016

Its a matter of time before Zanu pf government introduces its own monthly calender recognised locally, with a month having minimum 45 days to max 55. kkkk, There is nowhere to run, the inevitable have arrived. The uniformed security servants have taken the last day of the month, after the latest slump. Madhara e zanu pf haana kana nyadzi, This is breaking point even a card board or metal notes will not cure this mess. Zanu Pf government must fix the economy or the economy will fix zanu pf.

X-MAN IV - 18 June 2016

cry the beloved country; the centre could no longer hold! hushiiiii

chris - 18 June 2016

So what's the point of keeping such a Government.

Slim Cat - 18 June 2016

My daughter is a teacher , she has not received her pay since October and when she went to Harare to pursue the matter. She was asked for a bribe of $300.00. Where is she going to get the money from to bribe someone to do their job.

Slim Cat - 18 June 2016

The sad thing is, if we continue keeping this stifled government any day longer, we are doomed. The sooner we realise this the better. The succeeding government or persons are going to countenance a very big mess- akin to someone tasked with first cleaning a blocked toilet before repair work could be done.. ! Where does that leave us as a people gentlemen? The clueless regime must be removed from office before any thought of sanitising the country's infrastructure. Right now, indicators are to a serious regression and contentious -that serious mega deals are being awarded to the in-laws of mugabe! This is a farce! We are humstrung! Please people of Zimbabwe, lets do something in God's power to remove this rogue regime!

frankly - 19 June 2016

we are doomed guys operation nhamo yauya

mbinjiri - 19 June 2016

We have a bloated civil service. If its payroll is by far its biggest budget item then we have a problem. Its time to bite the bullet and thin out our civil service, starting with all those ghosts on the payroll.

Zimbo - 19 June 2016

It's very simple if the government can't pay salaries then how are then what money are they meant to use for service delivery. Therefore, start firing the bloated civil service immediatley

Farai - 20 June 2016

Now we know what financed the million man march, don't we

Petros - 20 June 2016

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