ARDA workers unpaid

Workers at the state-owned Agricultural Rural Development Agency Balu Estate on the outskirts of Bulawayo have gone for several months without pay.

Workers told The Zimbabwean that they had not been paid their salaries since January this year. They claimed that last month, the estate’s management gave the workers two bags of wheat each to sustain their families.

“Life is very difficult. Since January, we have not received our full salaries. We have been getting as little as $20 and most of us are surviving on selling fire wood,” said a worker at the estate.

The Chairperson of the workers committee, Dumisani Nkomo, said they were living a “miserable life”.

“Workers are suffering here. Most of the workers continue to endure this suffering because they do not have anywhere else to go. Our only hope is that things will change now that we have new government,” he said.

The Zanu (PF) government is accused of running down the estate through its controversial land reform programme. The estate used to generate thousands of dollars but has been overrun by gold panners.

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