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Civil Servants Asked To Contribute US$3 Toward Heroes Day | Report

ZANU PF has reportedly requested civil servants to contribute US$3 each towards the Heroes Day celebrations to be held in August.

Reports claim that nurses, teachers and other government workers working in rural areas are usually asked to contribute money toward national events presided over by ZANU PF officials.

A notice that was seen by NewsDay, which was sent to civil servants, soliciting cash read:

We are required to contribute towards Heroes’ celebrations to be held on August 8. Every civil servant contributes US$3… Due date is 1/8/22.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima denied any government involvement, saying this was a scam.

In a telephone interview with NewsDay on Thursday, Mavima said anyone who received such messages should report them to the police. He said:

There is nothing like that in government. Heroes’ celebrations were allocated a budget by Treasury and we will be using that.

However, some of the messages require civil servants to submit their contributions to their station heads.

The contributions will then be paid to the district or regional government departments.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou said the practice was widespread, especially in the rural areas but he urged teachers to seek protection from the police. Zhou said:

We have heard about these issues and as we have already said, this is not a forced thing, but voluntary and our members should never be forced to subscribe to Heroes Day celebrations. It’s happening nationwide; particularly in rural schools.

As an association, we encourage our members to make formal reports to us. If that happens, then both the headmasters and line ministries must seek protection from the police and protect teachers from these politicians.

More: NewsDay

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One Comment on “Civil Servants Asked To Contribute US$3 Toward Heroes Day | Report

  1. The problem with ZanuPF’s top leadership is of harping entranced denials of real incidents perpetrated by its lower levelled leadership in the rural areas..

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