TREASURY is failing to remit civil servants’ contributions to Premier Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) resulting in service providers going unpaid for the past four months.
by VENERANDA LANGA
The issue was revealed in the National Assembly on Wednesday during a question and answer session by Chinhoyi MP Peter Mataruse (MDC-T) who asked Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to explain the anomaly.
“Yes, I am aware of that Mr Speaker and there is a problem on the part of Treasury of failing to remit the necessary contributions to PSMAS, and this has come about through a lot of pressure exerted on the fiscus, primarily arising from the payment of bonus,” Chinamasa said.
“We have for the past month or so paid $172 million towards bonus at a time when the private sector is unable to pay salaries, let alone bonuses.”.
Chinamasa said he was in the process of completing the final tranche of payment of bonuses by yesterday.
He was also quizzed over the issue of continuous voter registration, which proportional representation MP Evelyn Muzungu Masaiti (MDC-T) said presently there was no voter registration taking place, a situation that denied people their rights to register as voters and candidates of constituencies.
Chinamasa said continuous voter registration was existent adding those who wanted to register as voters could go to the relevant offices to do so.
“What we do not have is that voter registration blitz which is intended to mop up any remaining would be voters who want to be registered,” he said.
But, Harare Central MP Murisi Zwizwai said it was not true as lack of continuous voter registration had denied former Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono the chance of registering to take up the vacant Manicaland senatorial seat which was previously occupied by the late Kumbirai Kangai.