Saturday, 18 June 2016


Government has once again shifted pay dates for its workers as the economy continues to underperform.

Secretary for Finance, Willard Manungo on Thursday announced the Zimbabwe National Army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe that were due to receive their June salaries on the 13th would now be paid on the 27th this month.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services will now be paid on June 30, teachers on July 7, health and the rest of the civil service will be paid on July 14, while pensioners will be paid on July 19.

“I am pleased to advise that Treasury has successfully mobilised towards the full settlement of the 2015 bonuses commitment,” part of the letter by Manungo read. However, you are aware that against the background of severe revenue underperformance and related cash flow challenges, government has been honouring its monthly wage bill obligations, albeit, through the continuous shifting of pay dates.”

He added: “It is on this account of the above cash flow challenges that have necessitated the honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Development, in his communication copied to yourself to propose the following pay dates for the month of June 2016 which will allow for the mobilisation of the requisite resources.”

While Manungo said government has already paid all its workers’ bonuses for 2015, Higher Education secretary Machivenyika Mapuranga wrote to university staffers that payment of their bonuses would be made in due course.

Workers’ unions for the country’s 10 State universities on Wednesday stormed Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s office demanding their outstanding salaries and 2015 bonuses.

The university staffers are the only government workers who were yet to be paid bonuses after government staggered payment of bonuses to its workers in the first quarter of the year.
According to the government communication, the bonuses were supposed to have been paid on June 10, after the date had been moved from June 3.

“The payment of the 2015 bonuses will be done in due course, Government regrets the inconvenience caused,” Mapuranga wrote to the university workers. newsday


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