Minister assures civil servants on bonuses

Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent
THE Minister of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa has assured civil servants that they will be paid their annual bonuses for this year despite the prevailing liquidity crunch.

Speaking to radio host Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa on Capitalk on Wednesday, Cde Chinamasa said bonuses are part of the civil servants’ conditions of service hence the need to pay them.

He said he was working on ways to grow the economy as it was unsustainable for Government to gobble over 90 percent of its revenue on salaries.

“The bonus is part and parcel of the wage bill. It (the wage bill) consumes between 90 and 92 percent of revenues. It’s not sustainable but it’s now a matter that we are addressing,” he said.

The Government recently announced that civil servants will start receiving their bonuses next year in February but they will be staggered due to the cash crisis.

Cde Chinamasa said the Government was trying to reduce the wage bill through the rationalisation of the civil service.

“One approach which is not so successful is basically that we will try to rationalise, redeploy, retrain, achieve efficiencies in the administration of the civil service in order to create savings,” said Cde Chinamasa.

He said the only way to effectively increase the country’s revenue base was for Government to grow the economy.

“But the more sustainable approach to dealing with the wage bill is to increase the cake. To grow the economy, to increase production which is why if you look at any of the borrowing that I’m making, I’m addressing fundamental areas; infrastructure, energy, irrigation so that you have an enabling foundation for you to make production,” he said.

“We are addressing issues to do with production. When I borrow to produce, I don’t think anyone should blame me for borrowing to produce, because that is the only way that we can come out of our current circumstances.” — @nqotshili

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    • zibulo

      a bonus is a reward for GOOD PERFORMANCE, of the employer and the employer’s contribution to that success. Well done ZANU for “rewarding” mediocrity !!!

  • big

    What targets did they achieve of exceed?

  • jon the con man gudya

    yes, you will all get your worthless bonds and rtgs rubbish from john “the con man” gudya!!!

  • Jonso

    My appeal to the President of Zimbabwe. (R.G.Mugabe)

    Before its too late, i am begging you to employ Tendayi Biti in the Finance Ministry regardless of his political affiliation. Biti is the only guy so far who has proved that he has the key to this Zimbabwe casino (economy). His track record during the inclusive government proved it. By now we would be out of the wilderness. Bring that guy into the government. Minister Patrick Chinamasa was very right, we don’t need bonus at this juncture.

    I guess Biti and Mangudya will form a good ministry. Mbiri inongouya kwamuri baba.

    Think about this Mr President.

  • china masa and con man gudya

    jon the con man gudya and china masa? this is like dumb and dumber movie part 3