Pay civil servants in hard currency: Chamisa

HARARE - Government should make efforts to pay civil servants salaries in foreign currency, MDC president Nelson Chamisa has said.

This comes as the on-going strike by doctors has entered its fourth week, after the government failed to address their grievances and demands — resulting in operations at public health institutions being severely affected by the industrial action.

Civil servants are demanding pay hike in bond notes, or to be paid in United States dollars, to cushion them from the country’s ever deteriorating economic environment.

Chamisa said government should stop threatening workers and listen to their demands.

“Give doctors their money...pay teachers and civil servants in forex. Sledgehammer politics always fail. It’s unwise for the powerful to use command or macho tactics to threaten skill and expertise. Give life to Doctors to save lives. Doctors can’t save lives when they have no life!” Chamisa twitted.

Recently, Apex Council which represents civil servants across the public sector said government should pay its workers a minimum of $1 733 or the equivalent in US dollars.

“All the unions have agreed that they will not be able to come to work in January if the government fails to give us a positive response before next month.

“It doesn’t mean that we are calling for a strike, but workers will fail to come to work due to the high cost of living.”

This comes as the government is under growing pressure from disillusioned citizens over the worsening economic situation — after Mnangagwa was feted in his early days in office for superintending over arguably the most peaceful election since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.

Zimbabweans have in the past few months had to contend with rising prices of basic consumer goods and widespread shortages of items such as cooking oil — which have disappeared from supermarket shelves.

Thousands of commuters have also had their travel plans thrown into chaos, due to the current fuel shortages being experienced in the country. 

Zimbabwe has been reeling from acute shortages of foreign currency for a long time, which has in recent weeks triggered massive price hikes of basic consumer goods.

Authorities claim that the decision to charge vehicle import duty in US dollars is part of needed measures to conserve scarce foreign currency and to curb the influx of second hand car imports — mainly from Japan.

This measure has already seen the government recording a decline in revenue collected from commercial and vehicle imports.

Comments (4)

Good idea Mr President. Lead by example start giving MDC employees at Harvest House salaries in $USD

gombiro - 31 December 2018

Thanks Gombiro for giving Kamisa advice. Zimbabwe must earn enough foreign currency first through exports before paying workers in foreign currency. I am very surprised that MDC President does not UNDERSTAND how forex is generated. Forex currencies are not printed at Fidelity Printers, Mr Chamisa.

Ndiani Ndiani - 31 December 2018

ndoo zvaakangosvinurira kudira jecha chete chinozikanwa hapana kkkk tanga kupa vashandi vako US$ racho then wozotaura kwete kungowukura

ndini - 1 January 2019

Munoita emotional zvenhema apa.Ko yacho forex inoshandei ,munongoti Chamisa doest know hpow forex is generated.For your own information you dump heads, all government ministers and their deputies have made trips to SA to be treated flue.Minister allowance for that trip is US 40000, his wife is US 30000.Its 70 000 one go for flu treatment.These Junior Doctpors are the ones forced to write medical reports which enables the Ministers to claim the 70 000. Chamisa knpows what he is saying, Doctors know pavakatsika.Only pathetic ZANU fanatics, totally ignorant of the level of corrup[tion utter your nonsense

Leo - 1 January 2019

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