Dzivarasekwa MP Edwin Mushoriwa (MDC Alliance) says the Government is intentionally keeping civil servants poor by paying them in local currency.
Speaking in the National Assembly during the debate of Finance Bill, Mushoriwa accused the Government of hypocrisy saying it claims to be pro-poor yet it is deliberately keeping its workers poor. He said:
The RTGs is no longer a currency of choice. We may keep it because we want to make sure that our civil servants remain poor but it is ironic that a government that talks of pro-poor would want its workers to remain poor.
No wonder why Mr Speaker Sir, you would find that corruption will continue. If you pretend to be taking care of your own workers, they will also pretend to be working.
Right now, as we are speaking Mr Speaker, you have got Parliament staff who at the end of the day is going to be paid in RTGs but they are today at this hour working for this nation.
Most goods and services in the country are being charged in US dollars, including in government institutions such as the issuance of passports.
Civil servants have been pushing for US dollar salaries but the Government has refused to entertain the idea on the pretext that it does not have the resources.
This year the Government paid bonuses in foreign currency but Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube made it clear that salaries will continue to be paid in Zimbabwe dollars (RTGS dollars).