Eight drivers employed by Zanu PF’s Bulawayo province are reported to have last received their salaries of 20 litres of diesel per month during the violent presidential election run-off campaign in 2008, NewsDay can reveal.
Insiders in the party said the drivers have taken up the matter with senior party officials in the province to no avail.
A meeting was reportedly held between the drivers and the provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela in February this year.
During that meeting, the drivers were told their issue would be resolved and they were likely to receive salaries equivalent to those of civil servants but up to yesterday, reportedly nothing had materialised.
“The drivers were told that papers had been sent to the authorities at head office in Harare but they have not received a dime up to this day,” a source in the party told NewsDay on Monday.
The source said the last form of payment the drivers received was during the violent presidential election run-off in June 2008 and it was in the form of 20 litres of diesel per month.
“They were being given 20 litres when the chefs were taking drums of fuel,” said the source.
“There is no difference between these drivers and slaves. They work odd hours but they get nothing in return.
“They are dead scared of being victimised but I am told they are toying with the idea of legal action and money is their only hindrance.”
Contacted for comment Dakamela said those aggrieved should have brought up the matter “within party structures”.
“I will not confirm anything. Ask those who came to you to comment,” he said.