War vets blast striking civil servants

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) has blasted civil servants for demanding to be paid in American dollars saying the public workers were ignorant of the challenges the country is facing.

“Where do they want government to get the foreign currency they want to be paid in? Do they want the government to go out there and look for work so that it can be able to pay them? Don’t they know that government does not own the means of production?” ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya told the Daily News yesterday.

Mahiya directed the civil servants to industrialists and farmers whom he said are the real owners of the means of production — land, labour and capital.

When it was put to him that industry and farmers have no obligation to pay government workers and that civil servants knew who their employer was, Mahiya got agitated.

“That is reckless talk to say they care less about where the money comes from and more about the value for their labour. You see, when people discuss or negotiate it is always wrong to poke the other in the eye. 

“Civil servants need to understand where this government is coming from. It is barely one year old and they already think that it will perform miracles? Nobody can blame this government for what is happening. It is unfair,” he said.

He said the former liberation war fighters are keen to see the country united and working with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to correct the wrongs of the previous government led by former president Robert Mugabe.

“When we talk about unity we do not mean a government of national unity because that was resolved by last year’s elections. We are talking about all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation coming up with solutions to revive the economy,” Mahiya explained.

Mahiya spoke as government is set to meet all civil servants today in a desperate bid to avert a looming economic shutdown as its employees threaten industrial action demanding payment of salaries in United States dollars (USDs).

Currently, junior doctors have been on strike for more than a month demanding salaries in USDs as well as adequate drugs, sundries and other necessities in public health institutions.

Senior doctors, radiographers and other health professionals have since joined in the strike action.

Government is, however, on record saying it has no capacity to pay its workers in American dollars owing to serious shortages of foreign currency.

Comments (6)

Are these the same fools who got paid $50000 each and plunged the country into the abyss? The same fools who looted the housing scheme and declared they were 120% disabled so they could get maximum compensation?

Moe Syszlack - 7 January 2019

Mo, as long as zanu gvt exists, we are f****d period!! Iyo zanu inozviziva they are f**kers!!!!

Tau - 8 January 2019

These old,tired and brainless so called "war vets "like Mahiya are nothing than mere relevant seekers.Mahiya and all like minded goons should not support what is wrong because it is being done by a zanu pf goon.It is unfortunate that there are people who can be so idiotic to an extent of believing that civil servants are employed by industrialists and farmers.

O Vets are brainless - 8 January 2019

True war heroes will not blast but try to explain why and how such a capable economy in 1980 is in such a mess under their stewardship. A revisit to their motives on engaging in the bush war and their operational strategy and resultant consequences summarised by an acceptance of where dire mistakes were done will be a good starting point for a real change of fortunes on this beloved nation. Warvets should be ashamed that a war that was supposed to liberate citizenry and make vast opportunities for a better living for all has instead impoverished citizens who are now worse off than before the war many are have since questioned if it was necessary after all.

Sinyo - 8 January 2019

Brainless ....

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 8 January 2019

Why do even give them publicity? They have nothing of value to say or contribute.

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 8 January 2019

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