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CIVIL Service Commission chairperson Mariyawanda Nzuwa refused to disclose his salary Monday when he appeared before a Parliamentary committee.

Nzuwa was challenged about his pay when he appeared before parliamentary portfolio committee on public service chaired by Zanu PF’s Gutu East MP, Berita Chikwama.

The committee was left outraged when the civil service boss refused to tell them saying he could not provide the information without being authorised by the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Nzuwa was giving evidence before the committee on recent proposal by the heads of the central bank and Zimra for government to consider cutting salaries until the country’s economy improves.

The government is struggling to pay is workers with the civil service establishment having doubled to 500,000 in recent years.

About 90 percent of government revenues is gobbled up by recurrent expenditure, mostly salaries for state workers.

However, Nzuwa told legislators that cutting salaries would be illegal.

“There is no plan to reduce the 2015 salaries for civil servants for the simple reason that the Constitution does not allow the reduction of salaries for civil servants once it has been awarded,” he said.

“The Commission has no power to reduce salaries except for an individual over misconduct or an individual who would have volunteered.”

Source : New Zimbabwe