Bikita RDC terminates contracts for 25 workers

Brilliant Mukaro

MIRROR REPORTER

BIKITA-Bikita Rural District Council (RDC) has terminated contracts for 25 workers who served the local authority for many years amid reports that the embattled local authority is in a financial crisis.

The workers have been getting three-months contracts but last week they received letters from the Nommater Chakara (Gezera), the Human Resources Executive which notified them that their contracts were not going to be renewed again with effect from December 31, 2022.

The terminations come soon after the local authority procured US$380 000 worth of state of the art Toyota GD6 vehicles for its seven top managers. Zimbabwe’s rate of unemployment is now said to be above 80%.

“This communication serves to notify you that your three months fixed term (sic) with Bikita Rural District Council commencing 1 October 2022 and ending 31 December 2022 will no longer be renewed.

“Bikita Rural District Council wishes you a long and very successful life after all the years we have been together. May God bless you,” reads part of the letter.

Bikita RDC Chief Executive Officer, Peter Chibhi, confirmed the developments and said the decision came about after a council resolution.

He promised to furnish The Mirror with copies of the resolution but could not be drawn into further comments as he did not attend to questions forwarded to him on his WhatsApp.

Council chairperson Benjamin Masakadze professed ignorance at the termination of the contracts.

“I am not aware of any of my workers who have been dismissed. Maybe the letter you saw belongs to someone who resigned,” said Masakadze.

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