News:Breaking News: No Bonus For Civil Servants, Says Chinamasa

<vote /> Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has suggested that Government forgo bonuses for civil servant bonuses for 2016 and 2017 so as to sustain the wage bill which is currently 96.8% of Government revenue.

In the Midterm Fiscal Review he suggested among other measures Foregoing the 2016 and 2017 bonus and argued that

The proposal will translate to savings of around US$180 million per annum, which will be channelled to essential expenditures relating to the drought.

He also suggested the reduction of salaries and allowances by 5-20% starting with Deputy Directors to Ministers effective October 2016.

In 2015 Chinamasa made the same proposal which was met with great public disapproval. Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti criticised the move by Chinamasa and noted that Chinamsa should cut government expenditure elsewhere and not the wage bill,

This economy can pay bonuses; I used to pay bonuses. They have spent more than US$150 million on travelling; that money is controlled by Chinamasa and it could have gone to bonuses. This year alone they have spent more than US$200 million on motor vehicles, every minister drives a Jeep that is worth more than US$180,000 in addition to a Mercedes Benz.Surely, the cost of those cars could have gone to bonuses.

President Robert Mugabe overturned the suspension saying it was not a government directive,

It is disgusting to us. It was never a government policy not to pay civil servants bonuses. My Vice Presidents (Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko) and I were shocked to hear about that. It never came to our attention. We were never consulted. So I Want to say to the civil servants your bonuses will come to you as usual.

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