Minister quizzed over civil servants salaries
...l may be Grade 2 but don't lie to me, MP tells Ncube
Member of Parliament for Kwekwe Central, Masango Matambanadzo has challenged Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube to come out clean on the exchange rate and the salary increment for civil servants saying salaries should be pegged at the government interbank market rate of 2:5 to counter inflation.
Matambanadzo had quizzed the Finance Minister during question time in Parliament where he wanted to know why civil servants were not being paid in the same rate set by government.
“The Finance Minister said he has sorted the issue of salaries. My question is the $60 million injected in the system for salaries, is it equal to the marked 2.5 rate. RTGS is not US dollar so a person paid by government should have his or her salary doubled. It is clear, I know l may be grade 2 but l know lies when I see them. These are lies,” Matambanadzo, a self confessed Grade 2 dropout said.
But in his response, Ncube said he was entertained by Matambanadzo’s question, adding that government will not peg salaries looking at the exchange rate.
“I thank you for your question including the entertaining part where he makes reference to his Grade 2 education which is entertaining indeed. You where he is seeking that we link salaries to the US dollar exchange rate. We cannot do that,” he said.
“What we should be doing to link salary increases to price increases as measured by inflation so when you negotiate wages you want to link those wages to increases in inflation not in increases of exchange rate, that is a wrong way of doing things.”
Norton Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa was not impressed and accused government of untrustworthy on monetary issues.
“There is no longer trust in the Minister of Finance and government on these monetary issues. Bond to US dollar is one as to one, (but) you change it and you steal people’s money. there is no longer trust,” he said.
“How does he say inflation is going up yet he claims we are on track, how can we be on track when inflation is going up. He must explain.”