“We are deeply concerned about the development because we are not aware what the money is for. What we expected is the 50 percent increase that we were promised, as well as the US$75 allowance.“But considering the variations in the amounts — where the police, army and prison services got up to $6 000, while the rest of the civil servants got $1 000 — we are convinced that it is money that needs to be explained,” Apex Council national organising secretary, Charles Chinosengwa, told the Daily News.“Anger is bubbling under and we are not responsible for whatever civil servants will do from now on … Such discrimination is unacceptable.“Besides, we are not interested in the meagre increment because we have told the employer that we will not discuss anything to do with the local currency when it comes to our remuneration.“We are clear that we want payment in US dollars given that the country has re-dollarised,” Chinosengwa said further.
“What we are waiting for now is to see how we can start paying them the US$75 which they will access by swiping from their Nostro accounts.“I know that their banks have since processed these accounts free of charge. However, I don’t know about what the army and the police got because they do not fall under my purview. I am responsible for other civil servants,” Mavima told the Daily News.
According to the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ), the monthly low-income urban family budget for a family of six rose to $8 725 last month — up from $4 378 in January.