Another delay in Zimbabwean civil servants’ remuneration

Teachers will be paid on Tuesday, while the rest of the public service will have to wait until 5 January.

FILE: In a statement Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa says he sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused by this delay. Picture: WikiCommons.

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities in Zimbabwe have had to push back payday for civil servants in December for the second time in what may be an admission they're struggling to raise the cash.

Government employees usually receive their salaries and bonuses before Christmas.

The delays may result in strike action.

In a statement, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa says he sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused by this delay.

Teachers will now only be paid on Tuesday, while the rest of the public service will have to wait until 5 January before they receive their December pay cheques.

Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo tweeted a few hours ago that cabinet ministers will also be paid in January.

Ministers get paid with civil servants & pay date is January 5 but that does not excuse or explain the opprobrium! https://t.co/8i6RRcTZcn

Last week, the main teachers union said its members were dejected and demotivated because of the delay.

There have also been threats of possible strikes, early next year, by doctors and nurses working at state hospitals.