Suspend civil servants’ bonuses, govt urged

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THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has urged the government to take serious steps to curb spending including suspension of bonuses for civil servants until the economy stabilises.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

CZI president Sifelani Jabangwe appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance on Monday to speak on proposals for the 2018 National Budget together with a delegation from the Bankers’ Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and the Chamber of Mines.

“We recommend dialogue between civil service unions, labour and government to eliminate ghost workers, suspend annual bonuses and cut down on foreign travel by government,” Jabangwe said.

“We believe that the most efficient short-term measures that the government should take is to go back to strict cash budgeting, supported by social dialogue and ministries should desist from accruing more expenses unless cash is available.”

Jabangwe said Finance minister Ignatius Chombo should continue to enforce local procurement, while calling for transparency on imports to ensure that the government procures locally and supports local industries.

BAZ chief executive officer Sijabuliso Biyam said government expenditure continued to be unsustainable as it was far in excess of its capacity to generate revenue.

“We recommend that the government can reduce expenditure by cutting the size of the civil service, but obviously, it has negative effects in that you are throwing people out of employment.”

Biyam suggested that the government needed to widen its revenue base by focusing attention on small and medium enterprises and promulgating legislation to assist them to formalise.

“As things stand, we are issuing a lot of Treasury Bills and they may be the comfort zone on the government side, but at the end of the day, it is money created to support consumption, it is not money created to support infrastructure and issues that will grow the economy,” Biyam said.

Chamber of Mines president Batsirai Manhando said the mining industry would generate about $2,4 billion this year with growth being registered in gold, platinum, diamonds, chrome, nickel and other minerals.

Chamber of Mines chief executive officer Isaac Kwesu said the mining sector was experiencing acute foreign currency shortages to import raw materials yet they were the suppliers of 50% of foreign currency requirements in the country.

“The performance of gold this year will be up by 10%, platinum by 6%, diamond performance will be up by 100%, chrome by 180%, nickel by 1% and coal by 90%,” he said.

But Harare East MP Terence Mukupe (Zanu PF) queried how diamond performance would go up by 100% when nothing had been happening at the diamond fields.

Kwesu said last year 1,7 million carats were produced while projection for this year had been set at 3,5 million carats.
At its peak, the country used to produce 10 million carats per year.

21 COMMENTS

  1. CZI President musada kuita chinakira chisina basa. Why cant you find other measures without further affecting the poor civil servant’s bonus. Do you know that Bonuses are part of their employment conditions?

  2. who is this idiot called Jabangwe. You must be a shadow MDC Finance minister. Civil servants are the most lowly paid and you want them not to be given bonus. Uri imbwa yomunhu.Dont appear on press if you nothing to say. DEMETI

    • Why are we so intolerant as Zimbos? If someone has different opinion, we insult them? What is stupid about suggesting that bonuses be shelved until the economy stabilizes? Most Zim companies have not paid bonus in the last 3years because they are struggling. As Zimbos we need to find a way out of our current challenges and the suggestions from Jabangwe are very valid and need to be taken seriously by government.

  3. This is the worst leader this CZI has ever had in living memory. How can he believe that withholding a mere $300 from a civil servant will change the fortunes of industries and businesses in this country. That bonus payment for his own information brings life to the manufacturing sector indirectly as civil servants buy their products in the shops. Payment of bonuses is in no way externalization of monies but simply increasing economic activity in the country. I thought understanding this was basic economics but little did I ever imagine that someone who is supposed to know better will need intensive one on one lectures on such basics

  4. jabangwe idofo rekupi ko iri. you want to sing for your supper haikona. you think the poor civil servants are consuming mari yehurumende nhai. ko kare sei zvaifamba zvakanaka. Nhasi ndopavave kupedza mari yehurumende nhai. i thought you were a captain of economy but instead ndimi muri kutouraya economy yacho. do you think you can cure a disease by curing the symptoms. instead of resuscitating the industries for you to turn this economy from being a supermarket economy wakubatana nevarombo havo. do you know that civil servants are the most patriotic people. HOW MUCH DO YOU GET AS SITTING ALLOWANCE FOR ONE MEETING YOU SIT IN. you talk as if wakambotsvira mumba sei. think again

    • JABANGWE SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER RESIGNING TO CUT EXPENSES BCOZ WE DONT REALLY SEE WHAT HE IS DOING AFTER ALL FAILING TO STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH NOW WANTS TO BECOME CIVIL SERVANTS HUMAN RESOURCES
      300 bucks yaarikuda kutinyimisa is lunch yake just imagine

      he is evil

  5. Indeed common sense is not common what can the bonuses take away from an already ailing economy it is the same notion they hold that money changers bleed the economy what crap.money changers have long been existing,please make the economy tick be bold please and tell them that under this corruption CZI cannot tick,let Mawarire take over CZI.

    • Stop waffling all of you guys imagine how much government would save if mugabe cuts on his trips like now he is in Uruguay for a medical type conference where he could have sent one minister of Health,he was in new york where he could also have sent one minister his wife is in Russia our problem is Mugabe and his wife and the gun handlers around him that are licensed to kill.Lets get rid of the tyran and our economy will tick.I agree with suspending bonuses for civil servant who work at Mukwati ,sekuru Kaguvi CIO Porisi and spare masoja ,teachers and nurses.Mazvinzva KA

      • pied piper sungai vanoba and not just to rob the civil servants of their only day of joy, their only meal after a whole year’s toiling
        by the way do you have a company?
        or where are you employed?
        which

  6. ‘…..UNTIL THE ECONOMY STABILISES…”.WHICH ECONOMY WILL STABILISE? THE MAIN REASON WHY CIVIL SERVANTS WILL NOT LISTEN TO THIS TRASH IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THIS ECONOMY, UNDER THE STEWARDSHIP OF JABANGWE AND THOSE WHO THINK ALIKE, WILL NEVER STABILISE. FOR MR JABANGWE’S OWN INFORMATION, IT’S NOW ALMOST TWO DECADES THAT THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN PROMISING TO DO THIS AND THAT WHEN THE ECONOMY STABILISES, AND TO DATE, IT HAS NEVER STABILISED AND THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE SIGNS THAT IT WILL EVER STABILISE. CIVIL SERVANTS’ BONUSES COME ONCE IN A YEAR AND IF ANY ECONOMY CANNOT SUSTAIN THAT PATTERN, THEN IT’S A CLEAR SIGN THAT ECONOMY WILL NEVER STABILISE. AFTER ALL, THE MUCH TOUTED BONUS IS ACTUALLY NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT, IT IS, BY ALL STANDARDS PEANUTS TO SAY THE LEAST. 100% OF NOTHING IS NOTHING.

  7. Is this fool Jabangwe aware that the bonus being paid for civil servants is far less than monthly salaries dzema workers ku private sector

  8. It’s this guy at CZI and the other at ZNCC, Mugaga i think. Their sentiments tell me that Zim needs a new crop of both political and economic leaders all together.

    On civil servants bonuses, people should rather marvel and ask how during the GNU salaries were increasing with timely payments. This should lead them to call for the extinction of the current crop of leaders.

    How do you place faith in business leaders who meet the president and describe the meeting as ‘fruitful’?

  9. the good thing is that Gushungo does not listen to such rhetoric statements. Remember that Gushungo is in steering control of this ship. Whether it is sinking or cutting corners, he is in control. So Javangwe your masters don’t give any one a bonus. To hell with you.

  10. We need to understand how rules apply! Economics is a strict game which requires discipline of engagement. The unfortunate thing is that the basic principles of the game most politicians do not even know-what do we expect from a ratio of 50+:1 in terms of the practice-academically challenged and academically confused decision makers.Its a case of a blind warm!While Zimbabwe continues to feed on borrowed time only our children or children’s children will pay for the debt of life. And yet, come to think of it, is it not the catch: Borrow,spend, eat, consume!After all!!I don’t care its not me who is to pay for it! Its time to focus not on buckets of words but rather action to correct this Zimbabwe!Being black some racist called him a monkey, indeed how then can i not justify this when i continue to monkey around!Not a monkey i am! Are you?Show me!

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