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City of Harare has managed to pay part of the outstanding salaries and hopes to clear all arrears by end of this month, an official revealed yesterday.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Harare City Human Capital and Public Safety Director Dr Cainos Chingombe, urged council employees to appreciate their effort.

“Today we paid January salaries for all grades and February salaries for grade 16 to 14. And, yesterday we completed payment of December salary arrears,” said Dr Chingombe.

“Based on the current projection, we hope to be current by the end of this month on all grades.

“This means that by end of this week, we would pay salaries for March and April for all employees.”

Dr Chingombe added that as management, they sympathised with the workers.

“We were not happy that some resorted to borrowing to meet their daily expenses,” he said.

“We are aware that our employees need to pay school fees, rentals, buy food and above all express themselves freely with their money.

“We are for a motivated employee who comes to work and gets paid on time. We need our employees to be the ambassadors of a vision to achieve a World Class City Status by 2025.”

Dr Chingombe reiterated that they have instituted new strategies of revenue collection.

“We hope the strategies will not only improve the payment of salaries, but also result in enhanced service delivery,” said Dr Chingombe.

“One of the strategies is on leases. If people have arrears, there is no need to renew their leases. It will be terminated and given to others who can pay.

“Some of our employees have been stationed at one place for over a year. We are rotating them so that they work hard and improve revenue collection.”

Dr Chingombe urged their customers to pay for services they received from Council. On the issue of clamping of vehicles in the Central Business District, Dr Chingombe said the process was not for fundraising but to bring sanity in the city.

“The purpose behind traffic enforcement is for trafficability in the city. We want all our citizens to travel safely without obstruction,” he said. “When vehicles are not properly parked, yes they are clamped. We are bringing order in the city.

“From time to time we have complaints from customers, but what is key is that when such incidents happen our doors are open, bring such to our attention.

“We understand that our workers may not perform as expected. Feel free to call us and we will come to your rescue,” he said.

Source : The Herald