113 000 civil ser­vants regis­ter for stands

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

CIVIL ser­vants’ unions yes­ter­day sub­mit­ted nearly 113 000 names of their mem­bers in­tend­ing to ben­e­fit from a res­i­den­tial stands scheme be­ing spear­headed by Gov­ern­ment as part of non-mone­tary in­cen­tives for the work­ers.

This comes amid re­ports that Cab­i­net has di­rected that the stands for the civil ser­vants be pegged at $4 per square me­tre.

Each worker will have to fork out an ad­di­tional $1 ad­min­is­tra­tion fee.

The work­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tive yes­ter­day met of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing to sub­mit the names.

The par­ties then fine-tuned a Memorandum of Un­der­stand­ing which in­volves three sig­na­to­ries namely Apex Coun­cil, the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing and the Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Udi­corp).

The MoU will be signed next week to pave way for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing yes­ter­day, Apex Coun­cil chair­per­son Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der said they had sub­mit­ted 112 952 names to Gov­ern­ment.

She said Harare had 23 483 in­tended ben­e­fi­cia­ries, while Man­i­ca­land had 14 275, fol­lowed by Mid­lands (12 887), Mashona­land East (10 125), Bu­l­awayo (9 352), Mashona­land West (9 098), Masvingo (5 938) and Mashona­land Cen­tral (9 061).

Mata­bele­land North and Mata­bele­land South prov­inces had a com­bined 18 733 reg­is­tered po­ten­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“The con­sol­i­dated fig­ures are clear ev­i­dence that the scheme has been well re­ceived by civil ser­vants,” Mrs Alexan­der said.

“We have sub­mit­ted the statis­tics to the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in a tech­ni­cal meet­ing which was very fruit­ful. Among other things, we also fine-tuned the MoU which in­volves three par­ties. We will sign the MoU next week and also look at the im­ple­men­ta­tion ma­trix but the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee is ready to de­liver.”

The num­bers of in­tended ben­e­fi­cia­ries sub­mit­ted yes­ter­day is ex­pected to bal­loon as Gov­ern­ment has ex­panded the scheme to in­cor­po­rate all its work­ers in­clud­ing those who are not mem­bers of the Apex Coun­cil.

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

Mrs Alexan­der said in­di­ca­tions from Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were that the stands would be af­ford­able.

“In the meet­ing, we also re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that there has been a di­rec­tive from Cab­i­net that the stands will cost $4 dol­lars per square me­tre with $1 go­ing to­wards ad­min­is­tra­tion fee to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment,” Mrs Alexan­der said.

“The par­ties also agreed to the idea of bring­ing ev­ery worker on board. The tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee has also agreed to in­clude a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the CSC. Apex coun­cil has since been in­clu­sive by in­cor­po­rat­ing with­out con­di­tions lists from the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and pris­ons.”

Hous­ing de­liv­ery is one of the key goals of Zim-As­set and 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.

Apart from hous­ing is­sues, 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.

Evan­ge­list Dag He­ward Mills re­sponds to ques­tions from jour­nal­ists dur­ing a Press con­fer­ence while Pas­tor Collin Ny­athi (left) and Bu­l­awayo Mayor Clr Martin Moyo (right) look on at the Bu­l­awayo Large City Hall yes­ter­day

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