My $4 500 salary is not enough: Town clerk

CHITUNGWIZA town clerk George Makunde yesterday told parliamentarians that the $4 500 monthly salary he was receiving from the local authority was not commensurate with the nature of his job.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Presenting oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Makunde said government last year slashed his salary from $10 000 to $4 500, which he described as “not a living salary for a man with so much pressure”.

“My salary, madam chair, I want this put on record because a lot was written about me getting $21 000 and so on, I was never paid such an amount. I could not respond to the media then because I am not a person who believes in responding via the Press . . . I used to be paid $10 000 as a flat salary and a $2 500 housing allowance, but since I was staying in a council house, I never claimed it. I only got $10 000 monthly,” Makunde, who was accompanied by his mayor Philip Mutoti and other directors, said.

Chitungwiza-mayor-Philip-Mutoti Chitungwiza mayor Philip Mutoti.

“After the government directive sometime last year, my salary was reduced to $4 500. . . this is the money I am getting even today, all inclusive. But, madam chair, let this be known that that amount, in all fairness, does not match the salary I deserve. I don’t want to be emotional about this, but I want to state facts as they are.

“You are the committee that represents our interests and you have to know this. Imagine you have a family and you have to tell your child that we are unable to pay your school fees because my salary has been reduced, think of the emotional trauma that the child will go through.

It’s very unfortunate,” Makunde said.

“It is not a living salary, but I will leave it there for now.”

The town clerk told the committee that his financially-struggling council was sinking in debt and struggling to clear its salary backlog now estimated at $17 million.

“Chitungwiza owes its employees around $17 million in salary arrears translating to an average range of four to 18 months in terms of the number of months owed to individual employees. Terminated employees are owed $2 413 812 in salary arrears and terminal benefits,” he said.

“Although some employees are owed up to a maximum of 18 months, this does not mean that employees have gone for such months without some form of income as
the employer has always ensured that every employee would get at least part payment of their salary every month or every other month.”

38 Responses to My $4 500 salary is not enough: Town clerk

  1. ndini uya February 10, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Regedza tiite isu tisina mabasa asi takafunda.

    • gutter poet February 10, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      By Zim standars 4 500 is a fortune. If the Town Clerk thinks it is TOO LITTLE..why does he not simply resign?

  2. Chitundumuseremusere February 10, 2016 at 6:38 am #

    Where do your children go to school? Would you please learn to live within your means. You don’t buy petrol, you use a council car and almost everything is free. Zimbabweans!

  3. economist February 10, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Ngatimbotsvaga reasons why our products and services are expensive, 1) expensive cars for the executives 2)sending their children to expensive schools outside the country. 3)Holiday allowances 3 times a year and more. This nonsense must be stopped now so everyone enjoys the cake.

  4. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Just leave and work where you get high salaries. You are not even compelled to work as a town clerk. If we get deeper, its not surprising that you spend the entire working days doing nothing. The people who do all the hard work are the lowly paid and they deserve a high salary.

    THATS THE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE WHO GREW UP POOR. TOWN CLERK’S AND OTHER RELATED POSTS SHOULD BE FILLED BY PEOPLE WHO NEVER GREW UP POOR. GIVING THESE HIGH POSTS TO PEOPLE WHO GREW UP POOR IS A DISASTER, BECOZ, THE FIRST THING FOR THEM TO DO IS LOOTING. THEY ARE GREEDY AND HAVE AN INSATIABLE HUNGER FOR MONEY BECOZ THEY GREW UP NOT KNOWING WHAT MONEY LOOKS LIKE. INSPITE OF HAVING DEGREES, IF YOU GREW UP POOR YOU ARE A PROBLEM.

    • Losso February 10, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      Willard you are off the track, what does growing up poor have to do in this case. Dont try to discriminate people because of their varying backgrounds, growing up poor is not any child’s choice but its a circumstance that you just get born in….getting degrees and getting employed to this point shows commitment and achievement from this poor person u are talking of. do you mean poor people should always remain poor people?? You need to grow up yourself…if you have nothing to say please stay off commenting.

    • Chelidi tititi February 10, 2016 at 11:25 am #

      Uridofo remakoko. Im sure wanga uridambudziko kumateacher

  5. Mutoriti February 10, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    This guy is an idiot!$4500 and he says its not enough!rarama a life u can afford,some of us are earning $300 but our children are going to school!Mari iyoyo uchaozoona kuwanda kwayo wadzingwa usisaitambire! u moron,nxaaaaaa.

  6. Sagitarr February 10, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    I don’t know the qualifications & experience required for one to be a Town Clerk, but my own working experience suggests that 5 O Levels with Maths and English are adequate.

    We have doctors, nurses, technicians and engineers in this country doing marvellous work at less than $1000 monthly, then you get a non-performer screeching like this? He’s so blind he can’t see how lucky he is to be in a job where he has failed and is overpaid.

    Other council employees are owed $17m and this chap talks crap. Makes me wonder what the mayor accompanying him “earns” for the rot festering in Chitungwiza.

  7. knightfrank February 10, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    iwe ini salary yangu was $500.00 and was slashed to $120.00 iwe urikutochema hako $4 500 per month musadaro vakomana huya kuknightfrank zimbabwe uone kumama kurikuita vana vevhu wozoona mota dzirikudriver maboss unosiririswa

  8. Mukanya February 10, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    This is daylight madness on the part of a mere town clerk of dormitory slum.
    One thing for certain the man is living beyond his means, too many extra marital commitments, resulting in the messy situation he finds himself.

  9. chitungwiza February 10, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Makumbe Mugwere wepfungwa chaiye.Pliz resign as soon as possible.

  10. Kudakwashe Muchena February 10, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Mr George Makunde, you may leave that post now. I will gladly take it for far less than the $4 500.00 and I bet you that I will do a far more better job than what you are doing. Leave now and see if it will not have better takers than you.

  11. Zvanyadza February 10, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Makunde, Makunde, are you sure iwe? How many months vashandi veChitungwiza vasina mari i we uchiwana 4.5? Kusvika munhu aite 18 months salary arrears iwe waivepi sa Town Clerk? This is absurd, gross incompetency. In actual fact you must resign from that post with immediate effect. There is a lot of corruption in Chitungwiza town council. So many stands have been sold, where did you put the money? You do not know why you are in that office. In actual fact, they were supposed to cut your salary to 1.5.

  12. Tonderai Tonde February 10, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    I just don’t comprehend how other people’s so called minds operate. The majority of the workforce who earnestly toil for and deserve their dues are not getting anything significant and you, besides getting a guaranteed fat cheque, are complaining. Thats pure madness, please be humane and consider the plight of others. If you want to be rich you are in the wrong field, just a word of advice.

  13. Robsugar February 10, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Some of us are getting 300us and there you are complining that 4 500us ishoma. We ZANU PF youths can mobilse for a strick against you. Idiot

  14. GIFT February 10, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Isnt this guy the same guy we read about nenyaya ye madhirezi. I remember something about him and women and hiv I am sure of that. Your salary might not be enough but what of those Chitungwiza employees who have gone for months without their mere 300 dollars. Are you thinking of them?

  15. drake February 10, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    George Makunde is the most foolish town clerk in the history of Zimbabwe. Instead of sending kids to expensive schools he could have opened a business to finance the expensive tastes he so likes. Instead he was living on borrowed bling and should explain to his kids how foolish he has been.

  16. maita February 10, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Ask that guy whose kid died whilst they detained the vehicle which was ferrying the kid to hospital what he thinks about this figure, it stinks. he should be paid $500. That is then worthy of his job he has done for Chitungwiza.

  17. millla February 10, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    ko vamwe vane 18 months vasingatambire (ma$150) vanozotii, iwe uchiwana $4500.00 every month.

  18. Predator February 10, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Makunde can’t even see he is being emotional.kana mari irishoma siya basa.

  19. cheledi tititi February 10, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Anhu aya anomwe musombodiya basi. madziBaba edu haasi kubhadharwaba asi anomukira day in day out. Vechinoshandira canzuru iyoyi. Iwe yako$$$$ urikuiwana very month + benefits, over tym, meeting allowances….. we dont know about. Mota, fuel, imba ngezvecanzuru mahara kwauri,probaly ana arikubhadharirwa xul fees as benefits. Woti ndapuwa shoma. MadziBaba edu kubva kurent, bills university fees, food, fuel ….. varikubhadhara ne 1/4 pay. Urikutomboiwana hako hakonakushaina so. Pedzezvo unowana mari yekuhire mayouth eposition to beat up peopl with genuine complaints. Rega basa tistvage anoda kushandira budiriro yeguta.

  20. ndozvirevahere? February 10, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Its common in Zim anyway. Lets face it. Handidi hangu nemashoko angu!

  21. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    @Losso, who the bloody f*ckin hell are you? IDIOT. Usandijairire wanzwa?

  22. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    YES. If you grew up poor, you are a problem. A very BIG problem. Majority of employees are facing difficulties becoz of the bosses who grew up poor. Most of these bosses are selfish and dont even care, even if employees go for months without salaries.

    • Rawboy February 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

      You Sir Willard,are what is known as a prize dofo! ….Nothing more to add lol!

  23. virus detected February 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Willard wakatodhakwawo zvako iwe, your reasoning is irrelevant to human nature. Sit down!

  24. Telescope February 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Not the Salary I deserve…not a living salary…….Makunde you are foolish and an idiot. Your argument is so shallow and emotional.
    You don’t deserve nothing not even that job. Chitungwiza is now ruzevha huswa pot holes sewage. I grew up in that Town kusina even a glorified town clerk and things where much better. Kuparadza Zimbabwe this one should be fired immediately.

  25. Chitungwiza Resident February 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Makunde Hauna kukwana ungafambira izvozvo unoda kupedza nhamo yehama dzako dzese nemari yemaResidents. Apa maStand murikutengesa muchiisa mari muhomwe dzenyu. sei usingagutsikani even ukapihwa $1000.00 haikwane kwauri becoz unonyanya kuda vakadzi, unoda kuti tikuchengetere maGirl friends ako. Zvikwereti zvakasiiwa naTanyanyiwa hapana zvawabhadhara zvirikutowedzera from $ 3million to 17million. Hapana basa rauri kuita otherwise you deserve $1000.00. Musanyepera Parliament kuti urikupihwa 4500 wadii kutaura nezvemaBenefits school fees unobhadharirwa neCouncil. Regedza basa vanorida vashande kana mari isingakwane

  26. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    @RAWBOY @virus detected. S*TANYOKO SONS 1000 bi*ches! to hell!

    • Rawboy February 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

      You just reinforced my point! A grade A1 dunce chairo!
      I suppose it really isnt your fault hey! You just happened to be right at the back of the que when brains were being dished out LoL!

      • WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

        @Rawboy, S*TANYOKO. Son of 1000 stinking b*tches. MORON.

  27. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    THE PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN POVERTY ARE A PROBLEM AND THEY DONT DESERVE TO LEAD COMPANIES ALL THEY THINK IS TO STEAL AND ENRICH THEMSELVES WITH ILLGOTTEN WEALTH WHILE AT THE SAME TIME IGNORING THE CRIES OF LOWLY PAID EMPLOYEES. THEY WANT TO COVER UP FOR THE TIME THEY GREW UP POOR. I REITERATE, PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN POVERTY ARE A PROBLEM.

  28. Baba Kuzy February 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    @ Mr Town Clerk Sir you are off side , 4.5 is more than enuf , in this country where CPI is <1000/ annum , if its unsatisfactory kindly dump our job and go get another one where you can be paid as you wish
    By the way in all your submissions what is worth the amount of money you earning that cant be done by an ordinary graduate on the street right now for USD650.00 /month

  29. mazino akaora February 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Stupid pampered rural clerk. Doesn’t resemble a town or city for that matter. Nxaaa

  30. General February 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    go hang town clerk some of us we not even earning a $ per day but we are educated more than you. wagona kumiririra your own salary what about those workers who never get any penny for 18months. you must learn to weigh your cases you madhala..

  31. dhotonya February 11, 2016 at 2:34 am #

    uyo anonzi willard akudiwa ku mental hospital that he escaped from. better to grow up in poverty than to grow up a mental case like you. ironically u have the same mindframe as the clerk…..dnt waste yo tym guys arguing with our wealthy wishful…

  32. John February 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    The residents cannot afford to pay you because they are jobless.Why don’t you promote yourself by just going away to where you can be given what you want instead of making unnecessary noise? Chibhanzi hapana so go where your skills are paid what you think is the true value of your skills.

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