Chitungwiza Municipality workers are still to receive their November and December salaries despite government directives to the local authorityâ€™s management to honour its contractual obligations.
Whilst most families enjoyed goodies on Christmas Day, it was just an ordinary day for Chitungwiza Municipality workers as the management of the local authority defied governmentâ€™s directive that ordered them to pay workers salaries before the Christmas holiday.
The workers who were milling around the municipality head office in Chitungwiza vowed not to go back to work until they are paid November and December salaries.
Workers committee chairman, Mr Bernard Matsikidze said Government should deal decisively with the local authority and address the issue of mismanagement.
Some employees were calling for the dismissal of Town Clerk, Mr Godfrey Tanyanyiwa, whom they allege approved loans for senior staffers while the ordinary workers are owed two months salaries.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Tanyanyiwa were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.
While Government has been quick respond to challenges in most local authorities, questions have been raised over its failure to bring finality to the problems bedevilling the town which has made headlines throughout the year for the wrong reasons.
The municipality, apart from failing to pay workers on time due to a huge management salary bill, has been ranked the most corrupt local authority after Harare as the senior managers are reportedly busy lining their pockets at the expense of workers and service delivery.