Is the Zimbabwe government borrowing a leaf from the Ekiti Governorship Elections?

The Ekiti State Government's favoured candidate and deputy governor Olusola Eleka was defeated at the polls allegedly because of the refusal of the state government to pay workers' salaries for nine months.

Perhaps not to fall into the same trap, the Zimbabwe government has offered the rest of its workers a salary raise.

This is happening a week after it hiked salaries of members of the defence forces and police by 22.5 per cent and 20 per cent respectively with effect from July 1.

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The minister of state for presidential affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi confirmed the 17.5-per cent salary hike in a statement.

The government also pledged to meet other demands by the workers, including cash-in-lieu of leave for teachers.

Mumbengegwi said the salary raise was in fulfilment of an agreement it reached with the workers early
this year.

Other benefits for the workers include alignment of rentals at institutional accommodation to housing allowances.

The Zimbabwean government also promised to provide additional non-monetary benefits to further improve the conditions of service of the workers.

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