Published On: Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

Kasukuwere caught up in fresh Money scandal

Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere has put himself on spotlight, once again, after he gave green light for local authority bosses to reward themselves with huge salaries.

This comes at a time when councils are broke and failing to pay their employees.

In October 2014, all urban local authorities were sent a Cabinet-directed salary for town clerk/secretary of $10 450 for the highest paid, but Minister Kasukuwere had allowed them to negotiate for bigger pay cheques.

“He has also set the pre-requisites for negotiations to commence. These are as follows: council must currently be paying a rationalised employment package, any increase must be within the 30:70 ratio based on the actual income of the last audited accounts, council cannot be in any salary arrears, all labour-related statutory obligations must be up to date and the increase should not create a wide salary differential.”

“Where a council meets the pre-requisites, a resolution to enter into negotiations must be passed recommending the proposed increases and the anticipated sources of revenue to cover the difference in the budgeted amount. Council should also appoint a task team to undertake the negotiations,” reads the letter.

On receipt of the application, the ministry said it will analyse all the information given and will then enter into discussions with the council appointed task team and following the discussions a recommendation will be made to the Minister, whose decision will be final.

Last year Government set a salary cap for salaries and perks per month for parastatal and local authorities’ bosses after it emerged that heads of State entities were paying themselves “obscene” salaries and perks at the expense of service delivery.

Kasukuwere is currently facing a string of accusations over his involvement in ‘corrupt’ land allocations in and around Harare.

He however denies the accusations, and insists that he is actually working hard to expose corrupt people within Zanu PF and government.

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