Robert Mugabe’s government is increasingly, finding it difficult to pay the country’s public servants.
Now, there are plans to do away with half of the jobs in the nation’s agricultural ministry.
Reports have it that the deputy minister in the country’s agriculture department is currently striving to avoid the shedding of over 8,000 jobs in the department.
That, follows a decision by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to ax about half of the workers in the department.
The Public Service Commission reportedly notified the agriculture ministry that 8,252 posts out of 19,235 had been scrapped with immediate effect.
The deputy minister of Agriculture, Paddy Zhanda confirmed this saying the department is working on an alternative plan.
Zhanda hinted that the plan would cut salaries to save the jobs. To Zhanda, that’s a better option as axing workers in the department could further frustrate the agricultural sector already bedeviled.
Reporting this, Reuters quoted Zhanda saying: “workers can work fewer days and we could retire non critical staff above the age of 60 years as well as doing away with posts that are vacant.”
Aside the army, air force, police and prison employees, the South African country has not fewer than 300,000 employees on the government payroll.
As estimated, Zim do spend about 82 percent of its national annual budget on salaries. Mugabe’s government recently lamented about that vowing that it would no longer hire new public workers.
Reuters noted that Zim is facing an ugly shortage of cash.
“The southern African nation is facing a biting shortage of cash, its worst since 2009 when it dumped its hyperinflation-wrecked currency in favor of the U.S. dollar.
…Delays in salaries as well as the cash squeeze that has seen long queues at banks, are some of the reasons that have in the last three months fueled anti-government protests that have ended in clashes with police,” read the Reuters report.