Chinotimba Odya Rasha Hudhu Anotambira Mari Kupfura Mapurisa
Firebrand Zanu PF politician and member of parliament (MP) for Buhera South, Joseph Chinotimba has expressed alarm at the wages being earned by civil servants in the country.
Chinotimba made it clear that he is not happy about the current remuneration levels for civil servants particularly teachers and police officers. According to the legislator, it is unacceptable that police officers are currently earning less than security guards across the country.
Chinotimba made the remarks while speaking in the National Assembly. He is quoted by as saying
The salaries are inadequate, especially for those in rural areas…I do not have much to say but I join my colleagues in that we need to look at the plight of the civil servants. I am looking at all professions in the civil service – teachers, police, armed forces, health sector and so on. We cannot have security guards earning more than the ZRP. By the nature of their jobs, they should be given more money.
“Everyone has passed through the hands of teachers. Even you Honourable Speaker had it not been the work of a teacher you would not be where you are seated today. For the President to be where he is today, it is because he passed through the hands of a teacher. Let us address their plight to improve their standard of living.”
Chinotimba also questioned Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s claims that the country had a budget surplu
We expect immediate action to be taken on the matter, even if it means Minister Mthuli Ncube to be called into the House to answer questions and to address the matter. At one time, Honourable Mthuli Ncube said that the government has a surplus. How can you talk of surplus when the standard of living for the majority has not improved and they are earning peanuts?