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HARARE, April 8– The Zimbabwe government is still mobilising resources to ensure it fulfils its promise to increase salaries for civil servants this month, says a senior Finance Ministry official.

The government last year pledged to increase civil servants’ salaries to Poverty Datum Line (PDL) levels of around 511 US dollars a month this year with the increments staggered through the year.

Salary negotiations held early in the year, however, saw the government agreeing to increase the salaries to about three quarters of the PDL, or slightly less than 400 USD, for the lowest paid workers. The date for the increment to take effect was shifted to this month.

However, with one week left before civil servants start receiving their salaries, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Permanent Secretary Willard Manungo was not explicit that government would honour its undertaking.

Manungo was presenting oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development here Monday.

Asked whether the government would stick to its promise on the civil servants’ salary increase, Manungo responded: “A government commitment was made and negotiations were held early this year with regards to the review. Through the negotiating forum, we signed up to numbers and indications that the Minister of Finance (Patrick Chinamasa) had given is that this will take effect from April.”

He added that the Treasury was “in the process of mobilising the requisite resources to ensure that in April, we deal with this obligation that we have already signed up to”.

The issue of salary increments remains a hot potato given the continued increase in the cost of living.

President Robert Mugabe has insisted that the government remains committed to improving the conditions of service for civil servants despite the prevailing harsh economic environment.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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