At least 10 Zimbabwe embassies struggle to pay rent, face eviction
11 January 2016, 12:39
Harare – Broke Zimbabwean government has reportedly been struggled to pay rentals, salaries for staff in most of its embassies across the world for well over a year, New Zimbabwe reports.
According to the report, at least 10 embassies were facing imminent closure, as rental payments had not been made.
Some workers at the embassies revealed that the situation had become worse, as rentals had also not been paid for personal residences of some ambassadors whose bills were now estimated to be more than $30 000, the report claimed.
"At least 10 missions are under legal notice, it’s really embarrassing. We are under so much stress, with more and more eviction notices coming; phones, water and heating for those in cold western countries have been cut off. We just can’t function," an official who asked to remain anonymous was quoted as saying.
According to reports, the Zimbabwean government is broke and has been struggling to pay civil servants their December salaries, resulting in doctors, teachers and nurses marching to government’s headquarters recently.
The government has since managed to settle the workers salaries, but has not paid the workers bonuses as per President Robert Mugabe’s promise in February last year.
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