Mugabe, who is not known to apologise even when wrong, was addressing thousands of Zimbabweans who thronged the National Sports Stadium on Monday for celebrations to mark the countryâ€™s 36 years of Independence from Britain.
â€œGovernment will continue to find ways of improving the welfare of civil servants. It is the desire of government that salaries progressively match the Poverty Datum Line.
â€œGovernment apologises for the late disbursements of salaries, bonuses and monthly payments to pensioners but rest assured government is working flat out to improve the situation.â€
Mugabe said the recent restoration of pension deductions from workersâ€™ salaries will help ensure the timely payment of pensions.
However, Mugabeâ€™s regrets for paying civil servants late comes exactly a year after he took the same occasion to embarrass finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, reversing a decision to suspend bonus payments for two years citing a shrinking national purse.
Since the time, civil servantsâ€™ payment dates have been erratic, with the majority receiving their December 2015 salaries in January this year.
In his address, President Mugabe thanked the countryâ€™s security forces for preserving peace in the country and abroad.
â€œOur security and defence forces have remained resolute in defending our sovereignty and peace within our borders,â€ he said.
â€œOn the international scene, they continue to make us proud.
â€œCurrently, our security forces have officers deployed on peace support operations in the Sudan, South Sudan Ethiopia and Cote d’ivoire.”
Mugabe said his government had worked hard to reopen some companies which shut down past few years due to continued viability constraints. He said new firms were also being opened.
He also said his government had worked hard in recent months to reduce load shedding through a combination of power imports and various measures to improve the country’s power generation capacity.
Monday’s celebrations were also being held in different provincial centres throughout the country.
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