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Zim civil servants demand bonus payment dates from cash-strapped govt

11 December 2015, 18:35

Harare - The umbrella body that represents all civil servant unions in Zimbabwe, Apex Council, has called on the government to announce dates of payment of the country’s civil servant bonuses, state owned media reported on Friday.

The Chronicle revealed that the government has been reluctant in announcing the dates as the country is reportedly struggling financially.

The government had, however, assured the civil servants that they would be getting their promised 13th cheque.

Apex Council president Richard Gundane said they had written to the government, requesting a meeting to resolve the payment of bonuses.

“We want to meet the government before the end of the year and hear from them when exactly the civil servants should expect their bonuses. We appreciate the assurance by the government that the workers will definitely get the money but it’s not enough, we need to know the dates,” Gundane was quoted saying.

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Meanwhile, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mapfumira claimed that they have not yet received the letter. 

Mapfumira also said that only the Minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa could be able to set the dates.

Reports indicated that government would need at least $250 million to pay the bonuses. It however remained unclear where the money would come from, as the government was also trying to prevent a humanitarian crises.

Early this year, according to a New Zimbabwe report, Chinamasa was dealt a blow by President Robert Mugabe after announcing that the government would cut the 13 cheque. Mugabe, however, reversed this decision, saying: "l want to make it clear that the report which was in the newspaper that bonuses that were being withdrawn is not government policy. The cabinet did not approve that at all."

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