Govt fails to pay sol­diers on time

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Zim­babwe has de­layed pay­ing its sol­diers for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive month, sources said Mon­day, un­der­lin­ing the wors­en­ing eco­nomic cri­sis that has trig­gered re­cent protests.

Ten days ago, Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s govern­ment was shaken by a na­tional strike led by civil ser­vants frus­trated over sev­eral salary de­lays as Zim­babwe’s trea­sury strug­gles with a se­vere cash short­age.

The mil­i­tary are nor­mally the first pri­or­ity for pay­ment due to their role in pro­tect­ing the regime of Mu­gabe, 92. But they were not paid as sched­uled last week, and last month’s salaries were paid about two week late.

“We were sup­posed to get our salaries last Fri­day but there was noth­ing at the bank,” a ju­nior sol­dier who re­quested anonymity told AFP. “We do not know when we will be paid.”

Other the de­lay.

The cash-strapped govern­ment, which spends more than 80 per­cent of its rev­enue on wages, has re­sorted to stag­ger­ing pay dates as it scrapes the bot­tom of its cof­fers. sol­diers con­firmed

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