A Daily News report claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa rejected advice from a local “maverick” businessman based in South Africa to hike the wages of civil servants.
In a letter addressed to Mnangagwa, the businessman said that failure to increase civil servants’ salaries will be taken advantage of by the opposition. Part of the letter reads:
Your Excellency, our economy can and will be better. It is my firm belief that there are those waiting to see Zimbabwe gets into turmoil and blame you. Mr President, it is my humble suggestion that you increase the salaries of our civil servants with immediate effect.
This can be communicated at a selected location with all local and international media present. Mr President, Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina have as an example, Your Excellency, increased salaries of their people in the midst of a devastating economic crisis.
The first thought that comes to mind is what will come of our inflation figures as a state, but I would like to stress that whilst inflation is evil there may be short term good in inflation. Ours is a man-made crisis, that we will overcome. Mr President, with this move you are preempting the game by your opposition.
If the government increases the wages of its workforce, the private sector has no choice but to follow suit. This again can be chartered through government or business dialogue. There is an effervescence in the private sector – a gradual but definite shift to dollarize the economy.
The country has been in ‘strike mode’ since December 1, 2018, when doctors at public health institutions downed tools over poor working conditions.
The ZCTU followed suit by calling for a nationwide stay away on January 14 which led to unprecedented riots across the country. Teachers also embarked on a strike starting on February 5.
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