Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) officials are demanding reasons behind the delay of civil servants pay cheque this month, saying the reasons advanced by government are trivial and does not hold water.
The demand for the answers by the union officials come at a time when speculation is rife that the government is broke and cannot issue out the pay cheque for 150000 civil servants.
General Secretary of CSTU Madalitso Njolomole said the government knew of the payroll clean up long ago after completing the head count and could have put measures in place to ensure that the civil servants got their salaries on time.
“We are not convinced with the reasons. After all, the government has not released the results of the head count. Civil servants are just victims of. Inefficiencies in some offices, we are suffering because of mistiming by the Auditor General’s office,” he said.
Secretary for Treasury Ronald Mangani says in a statement the pay for civil servants would delay due to the cleaning exercise of the payroll following the head count but did not say when the civil servants will get their salaries.
At least 500 teachers were erroneously scrapped off from the pay roll, forcing them not to receive their salaries for the last three months.
The government has not disclosed how many civil servants have been dropped from the payroll following the head count.