Cash-strapped government stops paying allowances

The government has stopped paying its workers travelling and subsistence allowances popularly known as T and S amid reports that some workers are owned huge sums of money dating back as far as 2012.

Prisca Mupfumira
Prisca Mupfumira

Government workers told The Zimbabwean that they stopped getting the allowances long back and no official explanation had been given to them. “Some of us are owned various amounts ranging from $4,000 to $10,000,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity.

T and S allowances are paid to government workers to cater for their subsistence whenever they leave their work stations in urban centres to go into the rural areas. Civil servant Enerst Mutandadzi said “We are no longer claiming T and S and we are trying by all means to avoid working away from our work stations because there is no reward to it.”

Prisca Mupfumira, the minister of labour and social services, confirmed the development. “We have stopped paying T and S not because it is government policy but because treasury has told us it has no money,” said Mupfumira. “We just hope that government finances are going to improve and we might get the arrears.”

Last week Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced the suspension of annual bonuses for civil servants for the next two years.

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