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Govt can’t meet civil servants demands: MDC

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

MDC says the Emmerson Mnangagwa led government has no capacity to pay the level of salaries being demanded by civil servants unless the contentious issue of legitimacy is solved.

The legitimacy issue stems from the 2018 general elections where Nelson Chamisa is claiming to have won the polls ahead of current President Mnangagwa but was duped of his victory by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Addressing a press conference MDC national spokesperson Daniel Molokele said the Zanu PF government will not solve the current demands from civil servants even if they pray and fast.

“Government will not be able to meet the demands of the civil servants even if it prays and fasts.

“The only way out of this economic mess is to deal with the political legitimacy,” he said.

The statement from MDC comes on the back of a demonstration by civil servants representatives on Tuesday where they also handed over a petition to the government demanding a minimum salary of ZW$4 750 or US$475.

According to Molokele, the opposition party is also for the idea of a transitional mechanism which he said will be able to set up comprehensive reforms that will guard against recurring of legitimacy issues after elections.

“The party wants transitional mechanisms after broad-based consultations which will be able to come up with comprehensive reforms so that will not have legitimacy issues after each and every election,” Molokele said.

MDC also took the raised concern over the issue of death threats received by leaders Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions who are being accused of mobilising for mass action

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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