Bleak Xmas For Unpaid Council Workers

Disgruntled workers told Radio VOP they had to borrow money so that they could have a decent Christmas with their families.

‘We did not get our December salaries as promised by top officials,” the workers said.

The council has 285 permanent and 40 temporary workers.

‘I have been forced to borrow US$100 and repay with an extra US$20 after two weeks. I have to buy groceries for my family’ said a worker who refuse to be named.

He said he believed the council had made a lot of money from weekly hiring of its halls.

However an official said ‘Council is broke’.

A money lender in Chiedza high density suburb said she had run out of cash to give to stranded clients.

‘Council workers got most of my money here because they did not get salaries.’

The town secretary Maxwell Kaitano said plans are underway to pay workers hopefully next week.

‘We will pay them next week as we faced financial challenges.”

Meanwhile, Nyaminyami rural council secretary Isaac Makenzie said they had failed to pay workers because the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) was taking S$100 000 from them for unpaid taxes.

‘Zimra garnished what we had set aside for December wages. Workers will go for Xmas without money. We may pay them salaries in January.’