Chitungwiza Town Council has resolved that by the end of February, it should have one integrated payroll in order to stop the leaking of top executives’ salaries and perks.
The council currently has two separate payrolls for senior managers and another for junior employees.
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Acting Town Clerk Tonderai Kasu said there is a tendency to sensationalize managers’ salaries by reporters and this tends to tarnish their image. Said Kasu:
The problem that arises with the leakage of information about those management salaries is that once the members of the fourth estate get hold of the information they tend to sensationalize things.
They may not be a need to sensationalize as it would be a contractual obligation between employer and employee which is quite above board but when these things are leaked and sensationalised it brings the organization into disrepute.
It will also tarnish the image of our senior managers, demoralise them, demotivate them and make it difficult for us to attract and retain highly skilled seasoned professionals as it makes them think if they come here they are going to undressed.
Reports indicate that suspended Human Resource Manager Mary Rashamira Mukonyora was getting a $7 500 salary, a bi-annual bonus that was 40% of her monthly take-home.
She was also getting other “obscene” perks while the town has no water, no garbage collection and a malfunctioning sewerage system.