Govt, civil servants showdown looming

HARARE - The government is headed for another showdown with civil servants after it emerged last night that it had failed to give them a firm undertaking that they would all get their July salaries on time.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News that a crucial meeting between the two parties that was held in Harare, and meant to assure the restive civil servants that their July salaries were on the way, apparently yielded nothing as the stone-broke government failed to announce concrete pay dates for the month.

The fruitless meeting came as the government has already missed the usual early pay date for the armed forces, and as concerns mount that President Robert Mugabe’s government has now reached a fiscal “dead-end”.

But Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira attempted to play down the crisis last night, telling the Daily News that yesterday’s meeting with civil servants was simply to tell them that the State had not yet come up with their pay dates for this month.

“We hope by Friday we will have the pay dates,” Mupfumira said, adding that the meeting had also been useful in dispelling false social media reports which were stating non-existent new pay dates.

This is the second month running that civil servants, including soldiers and the police, have not been paid on time, as State coffers continue to dip in the face of a dying economy.

In the meantime, Mugabe and under pressure Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa continue to blame targeted sanctions for the salary delays, much against both available evidence and public sentiment.

Military personnel who were hoping to be paid early this month were left bitterly disappointed last Thursday and Friday when they checked with their banks for their money — and to make matters worse, they were also not told when they would receive their remuneration.

Comments (5)

Prisca Mupfumira is now a minister of pay dates. You can see why this ZANU PF government is clueless, when all the ZANU PF thugs can now claim to be heroes just because they are negotiating with civil servants on pay dates. God save Zimbabwe. Mugabe is diabolic, the devil in person, who came to kill and destroy. The endgame will make him taste his own medicine. Watch out.

Zvichapera - 20 July 2016

l think for Mugabe and his Zanu Pf to blame USA &the European countries for his government's failure to pay the civil servants on time,Is propaganda taken too far .Mugabe we are not fools,wanzwa here? During era of the government of national unity civil servants were paid on time and the quality of life of ordinary citizens had improved and the so called sanctions where not lifted by then.You guys want us to believe your nonsense nhai? Do you want us to believe that sanctions are more effective when you and your Zanu Pf are in total control of the country's economy and they were less effective when the MDC was on board.Due to your gvt's destructive policies, many companies have just closed down since 2013,thousands of people lost their jobs ,Diamonds-the biggest source of much needed revenue are being looted while you are sleeping in your comfort zones.Your trips to far east are draining the country's coffers.More than 2000 ha of arable land is lying idle, SO where do you honestly think that the cash to pay the civil servants will come from? From Europe and America?

Bob Step Down - 20 July 2016

What shut down? Civil servants are very happy. Didn't you see the march yesterday in support of hunger, joblessness, secondhand clothing, import bans, corruption, 50 bedroom mansions for ministers, giving birth and being treated in Singapore for the first family, earning $300,000 for Zimra Boss, and grabbing 200 residential stands for Chombo. What shutdown? That's exactly what they demonstrated for yesterday, they are happy.

XG - 21 July 2016

ko pay yaakugarirwa dare kunge roora. payday rinomirirwa kunge mudzimu kubuda

zvambu - 21 July 2016

Hopefully, those doing the bidding for this govt will wake up and make their paymaster's life a nightmare so that salaries are paid on time. In mind are soldiers, police incl the riot squad.

Sagitarr - 21 July 2016

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