Civil service cuts by 2018

Livingstone Marufu
GOVERNMENT will cut the civil service wage bill from 90 percent to 55 percent by 2018, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said staff rationalisation was already underway and bearing fruit.

“We are targeting to reduce the proportion of expenditure from over 90 percent to less than 55 percent by 2018-9. I am confident that we will achieve it.

“Government has two avenues to address the wage bill which are staff rationalisation and improving production. We have already started staff rationalisation and the other method is to grow the cake – production, production and more production. We are also dealing with the issue to do with the current account deficit,” said Minister Chinamasa.

The minister added that Government was undertaking fiscal and economic reforms to reduce the cost of doing business and to attract FDI.

“I’m very pleased with the progress made in addressing fiscal reforms and ease of doing business. As we speak Cabinet has already adopted a raft of measures to rationalise the civil service; these raft measures are now implemented.

“We already made some savings in 2016 (due to the rationalisation measures we have taken). Progress may not be fast as we want but it’s being made.”

Government has already abolished 22 000 posts which were deemed excess and saved close to US$100 million.

In line with IMF recommendations, Government is streamlining its 188 070-strong workforce.

In the first half of 2015, Treasury spent US$1,54 billion on labour, against revenue of US$1,718 billion. On a monthly basis, US$120 million is spent on salaries.

According to the 2015 Civil Service Audit Report, dominant labour cost drivers are abuse of overtime allowance facilities and leave days, salary fraud, idle manpower, role duplication and unco-ordinated recruitment.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya said, “We need to deal with the current practice of using 90 percent of the national budget on civil service salaries.

“That cannot be sustained. It puts too much pressure on the system.”

He said this had resulted in the current cash crunch as Zimbabwe was spending more on salaries than on production that generates foreign currency.

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  • Fresh

    Chinamasa, is Mugabe aware of this? Twice beaten, thrice shy…

  • Thetruthshallcome.

    Interesting when we have useless ministries like ministry of youth, ministry of indigenisation, ministers of state, deputy ministers. All these people are useless because they don’t do anything other than receive a salary for nothing. We need only ten ministers and no deputies. We need no commissioner general and other commissioners, deputy commissioners and senior assistant commissioners. We need a commissioner, two deputies and assistant commissioners. We don’t need district administrators but just an executive officer. So let us start from the top. And why talk about civil service rationalization after the elections? Why not now? I smell a rat here.

    • JOHN MUNYAMURA

      Lets concentrate on production through luring investors both domestic and FDI. There is a lot of duplication amongst some ministries. Surely we dont need Ministry of Youth ,Indigenisation, Ministers of State and the deputy ministers. On the deputy ministers if the minister is incapacitated/ or on leave /or out on duty we have the permanent secretary who happens to be the driver of the ministry. He/she will continue with the duty till the minister is back on duty or a new one appointed. In ZRP surely why have deputy commissioners and senior assistant commissioners. We can do with a commissioner of police, two deputies and assistant commissioners responsible for operations,human resources, finance, traffic and quartermaster and logistics.Riot will fall under operations.Why have district administrators when we have CEOs for rural district councils. Also all public auditors should fall under the Auditor and Comptroller General’s Office.Why duplicate by having each ministry with its own internal auditors. The internal auditors at the Auditor General’s Office will carry routine audit tasks in all the ministries serve for ARMY and CIO which should have their own internal auditors for security reasons. The qualified personnel like engineers and medical personnel in the army and CIO can also be deployed to work in hospitals and other government projects and so on. Its not war time lets adopt fully the ARMY programme where its professionals like engineers are in Community Assistance Programmes.The personnel will already be on payroll hence the Government wont hire/employ again. No one should just be a CIO operative serve for a very few,most should be in other ministries doing other tasks for example a nurse at a General Hospital being also a CIO operative,a teacher at a high school being an operative and so on. When engaging in national programmes like Command Agriculture resources should be pulled from all the ministries, surely why buy a pick up or a twin cab for someone administering such a programme when that same person already has a government vehicle where he is employed.

  • Goto

    The minister should be aware that there is a minimum size of workforce that the government is run on. What is the minimun number of teachers, soldiers, police, drivers, ministers, members of parliament etc is required to run the government and at what cost. Rationalisation cannot be done below a certain limit. The best option is to increase production supported by these temporary measures 1) increase retirement age by about 5 years 2) lower salaries by at least a quarter 3) most new employees like teachers and nurses should be on contract at salaries of say $300 per month. 4) reduce the minimum wage to about $50 per month.

    These temporary measures can then be removed when production has improved to acceptable levels. In addition the government must work towards introduction of the zimbabwe dollar in the shortest possible time to make our exports competitive.

  • COSTCUTTING

    These are very small measures which will yield nothing.
    To reduce the wage bill to 55%, Government should
    1. RETRENCH STAFF.
    2. CUT SALARIES BY 20% ACROSS THE BOARD
    3. SEND THOSE WHO ARE 55+ ON EARLY RETIREMENT.
    4. FREEZE RECRUITMENT IN ALL NON CRITICAL AREAS.
    5.OFFLOAD PARASTATALS.
    6. PRIVATISE ALL UNIVERSITIES AND STOP FUNDING THEM EXCEPT UZ/NUST.
    7. REDUCE THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCES BY 50% TO PREVENT UNNECESSARY TRAVEL.
    Etc

    • Agriculturalist

      You are right to the point but you seem to be skewed towards UZ & Nust. If the Gvt is to wean universities from the national cake, then all state run universities need to face the music. I also want to differ with you on cutting salaries by 20% across the board. Do you have any idea how much the least paid civil servant takes home? If you knew, you would have thought otherwise. Otherwise your proposal holds water on the rest of the points you raised.

  • Mheta

    Mr minister can you please start by merging ministries that are duplicating roles and scrap all other unnecessary ministerial posts such as ministers without portfolios and ministers of state as well as all deputy ministers and permanent secretaries, our small country doesn’t need all that bloated administration. Also reduce the luxuries of the ministers first, all those big cars, houses and allowances, we don’t afford them as tax payers please, why cant they buy for themselves just like any other person who is working does.

  • Hlahla Hamburamatope

    The number of CIOs outstrip both soldiers and police force, then CABINET and Ministers and deputies, these needs streamlining

  • Major Musango

    The only thing is to have a realistic budget ….. it looks like the civil service wage bill is gobbling the budget yet the national budget is the one which is so paltry.

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  • Bornfree

    Same old song year in year out… all you madhalas get lost

  • Dharildho

    Tseeeek

  • Dharildho

    Only a mad person will say an Army is useless in a country regardless of peaceful environment.

  • QUICK SILVER

    Army, are yu sick

  • mbuya oni

    U WERE TOLD UNDER ESAP TO DO THIS U REFUSED. NOW U HAVE NO CHOICE…DO IT. YOUR JOB IS VERY EASY ALSO.. REMOVE ALL THE HOARDS OF TRAFFIC COPS FROM THE ROADS AND SEND THEM HOME, RIGHT THERE YOUR WAGE BILL WILL COME DOWN SO MUCH IT MAY JUST DISSAPPEAR BEFORE YOUR EYES

    • mpfee

      Mbuya, why do you want to see unemployment sprouting.the only panacea is FDI and reinstatement of poor Zim into the international community, resulting in increased production. Nurses are inadequate, teachers same story, mapurisa atori mashoma. Its just that they are misplaced and deployed where they are not needed. In rurals,one travels 50 ks to see an officer.the prob is THERE IS NO PRODUCTION. Chete.