State Of The Economy To Determine Civil Servants' Salaries
Finance and Economic Development Deputy Minister Clement Chiduwa said that the Government has been allocating over 60 per cent of its national budget to development as opposed to recurrent expenditure, up from 5 per cent.
Chiduwa said economic growth will result in an improvement in the conditions of service of civil servants.
Chiduwa said this on Thursday during a question and answer session in Senate while responding to a question from Midlands Senator, Morgen Komichi (MDC Alliance).
Komichi had asked Chiduwa what the Government was doing to match salaries for civil servants with what is obtaining in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). In response, Chiduwa said:
What I can say is as Treasury or Ministry of Finance or as Government, the trajectory is very clear in terms of where we are going as a country. We are guided by the policy.
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The policy is saying we want Zimbabwe to be an upper middle-income economy by 2030. Surely as we move towards that vision the salary levels would move in tandem with the vision.
We are having transitory problems – the problems are there because we are still at the reforming stage and we are now in the growth phase. If you check prior to 2017, more than 95% of our Budget was recurrent budget.
Only 5% or less was devoted to development, but with the coming in of the Second Republic, you look at the proportion that we are allocating to development versus recurrent expenditure, at least 60% of the Budget is targeted towards development. For that reason, we have this balancing act that we are having.
What I can assure Hon Senators is that we have the commitment to ensure that we improve the conditions of service for our people.
This is an issue that we are dealing with on a daily basis. Just this month you will see that there will be some changes.