President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is also the Commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) President Mnangagwa has revealed government plans to reintroduce the military salary concept.
He also revealed that a number of initiatives were being taken to improve working conditions for the armed forces. Mnangagwa said:
My administration remains committed to improving the conditions of service of our armed forces. My Government is aware that our defence forces are equally affected by the economic difficulties faced by the general citizenry. Efforts are at an advanced stage to re-introduce the military salary concept.
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We shall equally expedite the construction of accommodation facilities for the armed forces. Notable housing projects under construction are the Dzivarasekwa and Mbizo schemes, which when complete will provide accommodation for commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
The Transitional Stabilisation Programme which promotes production and restricts Government spending is ongoing with its attendant reform measures. The medicine to cure our economic ailment will be bitter and often painful whether within household or at State level. But the darkest hour comes before dawn.
His remarks come at a time when analysts have criticised the government’s prioritisation of the Security ahead of other critical sectors such as Health, Industry and Agriculture when the country has been enjoying peace for years. They say that it is paramount to review the vote allocation so as to give priority to other sectors which are also in desperate need of resources.
Others view the bias towards the security sector as a way to avoid military uprising against the government.
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