Tsvangirai blames Zanu (PF) for Civil Service crisis

HARARE,- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party says Zanu (PF) is to blame for the current crisis in the civil service which could see the country being brought to a standstill if the strike by government workers goes ahead this week.\r\n

A statement issued by the party after its national executive meeting in Harare on Saturday said Zanu (PF) leaders have showed no willingness to address the concerns of the civil servants.

Civil servants have threatened to go on a crippling nationwide strike this week if their salary grievances are not addressed by the coalition government.According to the MDC-T party, the crisis has been worsened by the presence of a large number of ghost workers hired illegally by pro-Zanu (PF) heads of ministries.

“The Executive further noted the lack of accountability in the management of the proceeds from the sale of diamonds in Chiadzwa to address the plight of the civil servants,” the statement read.

The Executive called for all the proceeds from the sale of diamonds to be channeled towards the civil servants and not for politicians and army chiefs to enrich themselves.

 “The Executive also called for the immediate action on all ghost workers, Zanu (PF) supporters and youth militias who were brought into the civil service as youth and women officers in every ward in the country.

“Further, the Executive called for the release of the Public Service audit without delay as well as the immediate cessation of all new recruitments of soldiers and other civil servants until the plight of the existing civil service is addressed,” the party said.

Representatives of civil servants have rejected the latest government salary offer of between US$6 and US$9 which was announced by Finance Minister Tendai Biti