Chipinge Town Council falls into salary arrears

Ellen Mlambo

CHIPINGE – Chipinge Town Council workers have not received salaries for two months while their pension contributions have also fallen behind, Chipinge Times has been told.

The local authority’s wage bill is plus RTGS$4m for its 144 employees, according to a senior official.

The matter arose during a full council meeting and also out of concerns raised by the workers. Workers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that they had run out of money for food for their families and they needed to pay school fees and transport costs.

Manyuke Chirayeraye who is the local authority’s acting administration and human resources officer told the full council meeting last Thursday that the arrears were for the months of March and April.

He added that the local authority is in arrears with respect to Unified Councils’ Pension Fund and Old Mutual Pension fund. He did not specify the amount involved

The town treasurer James Mutemera who is the acting town secretary attributed the backlog to Covid19 lockdown which saw revenue collection plummeting down to 10% and a Zimra garnish that cleared the local authority’s bank accounts of $4,5m.

He however, said revenue collection has peaked to 50% and this has just enabled the local authority to pay the salary arrears for

March which means the backlog is now just left with April.

The local authority has a total of 144 employees.

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