Chiefs go three months with­out pay

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

CHIEFS have ap­pealed to the Govern­ment to ur­gently avail their al­lowances as they last re­ceived pay­ments three months ago.

Chief Vezi Maduna of Mata­bele­land South ap­pealed to Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko dur­ing his visit to In­siza District last Thurs­day to im­press on Trea­sury the need to re­lease the money.

The chief said tra­di­tional lead­ers were work­ing hard in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties and one of the roles they play is to en­sure that there is peace.

“We’re work­ing hard to make sure that there’s peace in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“We leave our fam­i­lies on a daily ba­sis to work for the peo­ple and see that their lives are up­lifted. We’ve gone for three months with­out pay and I want to ap­peal to the govern­ment to pay us,” he said.

Chief Maduna thanked VP Mphoko for vis­it­ing In­siza District and asked him to talk to Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa on the is­sue.

“We’re grate­ful that VP Mphoko has vis­ited us to lis­ten to our griev­ances. This is the sec­ond time he has vis­ited us and we feel loved.

“I’m hope­ful that VP Mphoko will talk to the Fi­nance Min­is­ter on our be­half so that the wel­fare of the chiefs is catered for,” said Chief Maduna. Zim­babwe Coun­cil of Chiefs pres­i­dent Chief For­tune Charumbira yesterday con­firmed that the chiefs had not yet re­ceived their dues. He said they were in con­stant talks with Trea­sury on the is­sue. “The Min­istry of Fi­nance is aware of the sit­u­a­tion and they have been promis­ing that they will avail the funds as soon as they are avail­able. We com­mu­ni­cate on a weekly ba­sis re­mind­ing them that the chiefs have to be paid their dues. “They have cited cash flow chal­lenges and promised to hon­our their obli­ga­tions. I hope that the funds will be availed soon,” Chief Charumbira said. Re­cently, Chief Charumbira urged the Govern­ment to place chiefs on the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion’s pay­roll ar­gu­ing that they han­dle mat­ters of im­por­tance, just like mag­is­trates and judges. He said tra­di­tional lead­ers pre­side over courts un­der cus­tom­ary law and should be em­ployed by the com­mis­sion and be given some form of pay­ment for their ser­vices. Chief Charumbira said tra­di­tional lead­ers were be­ing forced to dig deep into their pock­ets to fund cus­tom­ary courts.

Chief Maduna

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