A large section of civil servants are yet to receive their salaries two weeks into the new month, a development which has angered the Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU).
CSTU secretary general Madalitso Njolomole on Thursday accused government of complacency after the office of the Accountant General admitted that money was only sent to banks on April 29, over a week after they were expected to do so.
Said Njolomole: “This delay has disrupted our lives. As it stands now, there is very low funding in the ministries to enable the civil servants work properly so for the salaries to delay again, it is not on. The Accountant General should put their house in order.”
He said CSTU visited the Accountant General’s office last week Thursday where they were informed that salaries would delay because banks would require at least four days to process cheques but this has not taken place as expected.
“After they disbursed the cheques, there was the matter of the Labour Day holiday which further delayed the process. But the office knows civil servants are supposed to get salaries by the 21st of every month, 27th if there are other challenges but it’s over 10 days now,” he said.
Information gathered yesterday indicated that some civil servants working for the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, which are the biggest employers in the civil service, were yet to receive their salaries.
Njolomole said the delays for some civil servants in the same ministry getting paid different times had been attributed to different processing speeds at commercial banks.
Ministry of Finance spokesperson Nations Msowoya could not be reached to comment on the latest salary delays, but he has previously attributed them to changes in the Integrated Financial Management Information System following revelations of theft of public funds in September last year.