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Civil servants have still not received 2017 bonuses which Mnangagwa’s government said would be staggered in 2018, starting with the army, doctors and nurse, police and finally teachers.
The bonus crisis is because the government is broke, due to a lack of funds. It is also suspected that typical of Zanu pf deceit, probably towards elections bonuses will be paid out as a campaign strategy
The problem also arises from confusion over whether civil servants are still under the Labour ministry or the President office as recent changes at the coming in of Mnangagwa, should mean that civil servants now fall directly under President Mnangagwa’s office.
It is now clear to civil servants that Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s promises in 2017 assuring civil servants that they would be paid their 2017 bonuses, as government had placed aside a total of US$176 million for their bonuses, were all lies. More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya