Responding to a question in the National Assembly last week, Public Service, Labour and Social Services Minister Petronella Kagonye indicated that Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede will remain in office despite Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s proposal to lay off civil servants above the age of 65 to reduce the wage bill which gobbles up 94% of Government revenue.
Kagonge said this while responding to a question from Harare West MP Ms Jessie Majome (MDC-T) who had asked when Mudede is going to be retired since he is above the retirement age of 65. In response Kagonye said that the Civil Service Commission is empowered to employ people who have reached the retirement age if their services are still required. Said Kagonye:
In direct response to the question from my learned colleague, allow me Mr Speaker, to say that Mr Tobaiwa Mudede was appointed as the Registrar in terms of Section 201 (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe as read with Statutory Instrument 1 of 2000 (Public Service Regulations) as amended.
In terms of Section 21 (1) of the Public Service Act, the Commission can engage persons on contract or such conditions as may be fixed from time to time. The Commission is empowered by the Public Service Regulations to engage on annually renewable contracts after they reach retirement age.
Such persons will not contribute again towards a pension as they would have already done so, hence their placement on annually renewable contract.