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Is Zhuwao revising dates for payment of civil servants bonuses?

Public Service Minister Patrick Zhuwao says he will announce dates for the payment of bonuses to civil servants tomorrow as well as the method of payment.

He told the Sunday Mail that “all documentation is ready about bonuses, and the dates, but I cannot give you the dates from my head. This is substantial information that cannot be said off-head. It has to be announced with correct details.”

The Sunday Mail did not ask whether Zhuwao was revising the dates because his predecessor Prisca Mupfumira announced in September that bonuses for civil servants will be paid from February next year and will be staggered.

Mupfumira told The Herald: “We don’t have money, most companies are not paying bonuses, but we believe we have to appreciate the work being done by our workers. We have to look for the money. We are committing that bonuses will be paid.”

The government started paying bonuses for last year in April this year with the last batch being paid in July.

Former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa had argued against payment of bonuses because the government had no money but President Robert Mugabe insisted that the bonuses must be paid because civil servants were entitled to the 13th cheque.

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