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HARARE City Council says it will not give war veterans preferential treatment when it rehires retired employees saying recruitment would be done on merit.

Council said it recognises the role played by war veterans during the liberation struggle but it would be improper to give them special treatment ahead of others.

According to the ordinary council minutes, council debated the matter and resolved not to treat the war veterans differently.

The decision was announced by the Human Resources and General Purposes Committee chairperson councillor Wellington Chikombo.

“He proceeded to clarify that, the committee recognised the role played by war veterans and that it would be improper to give them preferential treatment ahead of other groups.

“Re-employment of the retired former employees would be on the basis of merit with approval of the Human Resources and General Purposes Committee,” read part of the minutes.

Council sources told The Herald that the war veterans had requested special treatment.

“War veterans had requested to be given special treatment and among their demands they wanted to be retired at 70 years while other employees were being retired at 60.

“They also wanted their positions to be taken up by their children on retirement and to have their packages worked on a higher grade when they eventually retire,” said a source.

The same committee gave the city the nod to rehire former casual workers.

It blamed poor service delivery to shortage of low grade workers who are supposed to attend to burst water pipes and blocked sewer pipes.

Council retired 1 190 ordinary employees last year including 10 middle managers as it moved to rationalise its workforce and reduce its wage bill.

It also retired 10 directors and collapsed some departments and now expects to save $16 million annually in employment costs.

Source : The Herald