WASHINGTON DC —
The government has finally honoured its promise to pay some of the remaining civil servants their bonuses with most teachers confirming that the money was deposited in their bank accounts late Monday.
Teachers and some civil servants were yet to get their 13th checks after the government announced it was going to stagger the process over a period of two months because it was experiencing some serious cash flow problems.
This had led to an outcry from civil servants organisations with the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe threatening to go on strike if the government failed to pay its members bonuses as promised by state officials.
PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe confirmed that most of their membership received their bonuses, which the government had promised to pay before the end of the year.
But Majongwe noted that despite paying the bonuses, the government needs regularly convene National Joint Negotiating Council meetings.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer, Sifiso Ndlovu, also confirmed that their members received the bonuses.
The government first paid the uniformed forces bonuses in November but failed to raise enough money to pay the rest of its workforce.
It later announced that it would pay the remaining in December 2014 and January 2015 but still failed to meet the December promise.