Thou­sands of civil ser­vants sign up for Gov­ern­ment stands pro­gramme

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THE Gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to pro­vide stands to civil ser­vants has re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse with thou­sands of work­ers reg­is­ter­ing to be part of the his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

This comes as civil ser­vants’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives to­day meet of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing to sub­mit the first batch of names and work on the im­ple­men­ta­tion matrix.

At least 100 000 civil ser­vants coun­try­wide are set to get res­i­den­tial stands from the scheme as part of the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to give its work­ers non-mone­tary in­cen­tives.

The Gov­ern­ment last week tasked chair­per­sons of civil ser­vants’ unions to com­pile lists of will­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries and sub­mit them to­day.

The lists would as­sist the Gov­ern­ment in al­lo­cat­ing land in var­i­ous cities and towns.

Apex Coun­cil chair­per­son Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der yes­ter­day said while unions had re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from their mem­bers, the door was still open for those yet to reg­is­ter.

“The hous­ing scheme is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment that has been well re­ceived by civil ser­vants and all unions as this will give them their ba­sic right of a roof over their heads,” she said.

“Civil ser­vants are ex­cited and they want to be al­lo­cated the stands as soon as yes­ter­day. We’re over­whelmed as this is the best that any Gov­ern­ment can do for its em­ploy­ees. Thou­sands of peo­ple have come for­ward and thou­sands con­tinue com­ing and we thank the Gov­ern­ment for avail­ing the hous­ing scheme which will ad­dress one of the much awaited non-mone­tary in­cen­tives.

“All the unions are com­pil­ing names and will to­mor­row sub­mit names to Apex Coun­cil for on­ward submission of the first batch to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment min­istry at a meet­ing to be held to­mor­row (to­day) af­ter­noon.”

Mrs Alexan­der added: “We hope by De­cem­ber, we would have cap­tured the names of all civil ser­vants in­ter­ested in ben­e­fit­ing. Those who get stands can as well ap­ply for mort­gages from the Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety which has been es­tab­lished to pro­vide mort­gages for house de­vel­op­ments. All is now set for us to take off.”

Hous­ing de­liv­ery is one of the key goals of ZimAs­set and the Gov­ern­ment in­tends to pro­vide 300 000 units to the peo­ple by 2018.

The spe­cific hous­ing scheme will go a long way in cush­ion­ing civil ser­vants who have seen many schemes be­ing es­tab­lished in their names but ben­e­fit­ted out­siders and po­lit­i­cal bigwigs.

This has re­sulted in many Gov­ern­ment work­ers be­ing duped by land barons.

Col­lege Lec­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent, Mr David Dzat­sunga said: “The re­sponse is over­whelm­ing. Mem­bers are up­beat about own­ing their own piece of ground and they’re say­ing this is the best Gov­ern­ment has ever done for its work­ers in a very long time. It’s our hope that this project will ben­e­fit the in­tended ben­e­fi­cia­ries and po­lit­i­cal thugs won’t hi­jack it.”

Pro­gres­sive Teach­ers’ Union of Zim­babwe led by Mr Ray­mond Ma­jongwe was yes­ter­day still urg­ing all teach­ers to be part of the ini­tia­tive.

“Com­rades, we’re back again to ask mem­bers to fur­nish us with de­tails of those in­ter­ested in se­cur­ing stands through the union,” the union wrote on its Face­book page.

“Please get our as­sur­ance that no de­duc­tions will be made on any­one’s salary. We now risk los­ing out on a project that we ini­ti­ated as other civil ser­vants have now come for­ward. We should have the de­tails of all those in­ter­ested by Mon­day (yes­ter­day). Please don’t blame us for not telling you. Let’s also no­tify friends and col­leagues who are in re­mote zones of Zim­babwe.”

The stands project is a cul­mi­na­tion of a three-day en­gage­ment Gov­ern­ment ne­go­tia­tors and the work­ers had a few weeks ago.

Apart from hous­ing is­sues, the Gov­ern­ment has been reg­u­larly in­form­ing the work­ers on the on­go­ing ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise, shift in pay dates, im­pend­ing in­tro­duc­tion of bond notes as well as pension and med­i­cal aid ben­e­fits.

Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der

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