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STATE university lecturers have not yet received their November salaries, almost two weeks after their pay date.

The official pay date for state university lectures is the 25th of every month but lecturers who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com said there are no indications that their pay will be coming any time soon.

The government is responsible for paying the lecturers.

“The human resources department have told us to be patient because the national treasury has not disbursed the salaries into the university’s account,” said a lecturer at the University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.

Another lecturer from Bindura University of Science Education also confirmed the development which he said has affected the lecturers’ morale as well as created uncertainty.

He said: “We are worried that these delays might lead to salary cuts. Almost the whole of this year, we have been erratically receiving our salaries but this time around it has taken too long for us to get our pay. We are even concerned that this year the government might not be able to pay us our bonuses”.

The lecturers said their worst fear and worry was that the government might be tempted to stagger or slush their salaries on the pretext that the lectures’ salaries were high.

State university lecturers earn an average monthly salary of between $1 500 and $3 000 depending on one’s grade. This amount is, however, way above the rest of the civil servants salaries, some of whom are earning as little as $250 per month.

The government is in the midst of a crippling financial crisis and has, throughout the year, been struggling to pay the civil servants on time. Both finance and public service ministers, Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche, have been the busiest ministers trying to correct the anomaly but in vain.

Source : New Zimbabwe