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President Robert Mugabe's  administration has released the May pay dates for civil servants, that will see members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services receiving their 2016 annual bonus.

In November last year, President Mugabe summoned ministers Patrick Chinamasa (Finance and Economic Development) and Priscah Mupfumira (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare) for a crunch meeting to finalise a payment plan for civil servants’ bonuses, as he personally intervened to ensure Government workers get a 13th cheque.

This was after Minister Chinamasa had announced in his budged that there would be no 2016 bonuses. As if that was not enough, he had also vowed to cut civil servants salaries and further downsize the government workforce.

President Mugabe did not take it all kindly, and he nulled all such impositions by Chinamasa and ordered him to make sure he pays civil servants their bonuses because they deserve them.

Meanwhile, members of the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe, who got their bonuses last month, were paid their salaries for this month yesterday. The health sector will be paid on Friday.

Police and prison services will get their salaries and bonuses on May 24, followed by the education sector on May 30.

Other Government workers, commonly referred to as the rest of the civil service, will receive their dues on June 2, while pensioners will be paid on June 6.

Finance and Economic Development secretary Mr Willard Manungo confirmed the dates in a circular to heads of commissions.
“As previously advised, the 2016 annual bonus payments for the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services will be processed on the dates as indicated above,” he said.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said Government remained committed to ensuring that civil servants were paid in the same month worked.

“Cash flow challenges remain a problem, but as stated before, we want the workers to get their dues within the month worked,” she said.

“If you notice, we have managed to bring teachers to within the month worked and ever since that month we haven’t reneged. It is our hope that soon things will be back to normal.”

Government at one time took longer than usual to pay its workers due to liquidity challenges, while it has staggered payment of annual bonuses to ensure that everyone got their 13th cheque.

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