Govt to pay bonuses

HARARE – Government yesterday said it would pay bonuses to its workers, but the thirteenth cheque would be staggered over the first half of next year.

A bonus provision of $176 million has been set aside for the payment of the 2017 13th cheque, according to Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.

“The programming of the above commitment during the first half of 2018 will be guided by revenue inflows, taking account of cash flow requirements of other National programmes, such as the general elections,” he said.

Government battled to raise $180 million to pay civil servants their 2016 bonuses after buckling to pressure from restive civil servants.

The country has struggled to pay civil servants their bonuses due to a lack of funds.

An offer presented by government this year to substitute the bonus with land was rejected by unions.