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Gweru City struggling to pay employees 

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Gweru City struggling to pay employees 

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GWERU – Cash strapped Gweru City Council is yet to pay its employees their December 2023 salaries.

The local authority’s Public Relations Officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee told The Mirror that part of council’s 1 200 strong work force has been paid and the remainder should receive their salaries by end of this week.

“We had delays in salary payments. We communicated the challenge to employees. We have processed part of the salaries and the remainder should be paid off by end of this week,” she said.

Some employees told The Mirror that they are struggling to meet rentals and school fees as a result of the backlog. They also said that some employees have resorted to bribery to meet their financial obligations.

“Our situation is sad because we went for the Christmas holiday without our December salaries. We have many financial obligations including school fees and rentals which we are failing to meet due to this non-payment of our salaries. We wonder how our employer expects us to report for work every day under such circumstances,” said one employee who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Some employees have been venting out their anger on the Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) WhatsApp group. 

GRRA director Cornelius Selipiwe said council should pay its employees on time to avoid disrupting service delivery.

“What they did is right. They have sent the message straight to their employer and remember these workers have landlords who are demanding rentals from them so by venting out their anger on these social media platforms they will be trying to communicate to their landlords that they are yet to be paid.

“As residents, we call upon the local authority to make salary payments on time so that employees will not be involved in corrupt activities which adversely affect service delivery,” he said.

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