The association representing civil servants in Zimbabwe, the Apex Council, on Friday said it is optimistic that the government will honor its promise to give its workers bonuses this year.
The cash-strapped government made the promise through President Robert Mugabe early in the year.
Apex Council chairman Richard Gundani told VOA civil servants are expecting nothing less from the government but their 13th cheque.
“Bonuses will have to be paid,” said Gundani. “All we are now waiting for is for the government to announce the dates when it will start paying the bonuses since maybe they will have to stagger then like what has been done in the past. It is good for planning purposes for us to know the dates.”
Late last month Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira told the state-controlled Herald newspaper that the government will soon make announce when it will pay the civil servant bonuses.
She was not available Friday for comment.