Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has ordered the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to follow proper procedures in terminating contracts for over 3 000 youth officers informally known as Green Bombers after the court ruled that it had failed to comply with the law in firing them.
The Green Bombers engaged lawyers after their dismissal arguing that procedure had not been followed. As a result Government was forced to reinstate them. Said Chinamasa:
With respect to youth officers, as you aware, they took the matter to court and the court ruled that the procedures were not followed. So, we directed the Civil Service Commission to follow the procedures and to see that the decision we took (as Cabinet) is implemented. I think the commission will follow the right procedures which they may not have taken.
Presenting the 2018 National budget in December last year, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Patrick Chinamasa announced that 3 188 youth officers were going to be retrenched in order to save the treasury US$19.3 million dollars per year.