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Govt hikes military, police and CIO salaries ahead of elections

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By Staff Reporter

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has shelled out ‘special allowances’ to the country’s military and police as well as the Central Intelligence Organisation.
Letters leaked to the media from the Defence Forces and Police Services

Commissions show that the security services have seemingly been favoured with the increase in salaries just under three weeks before an election.

In separate letters, secretary to both commissions Pretty Sunguro said the police will get a 20% increase and while the Defence Forces would get 22,5% a increment.

“Following consultations between the office of the chairman of the Defence Forces Services Commission, Honourable Minister and Secretary for Defence and War Veterans Affairs please find attached a key scale with 22,5% special allowance applied to members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

“Accordingly proceed and effect adjustment with effect from 1 July 2018 as indicated on the key scales.”

The letter was copied to Defence forces Commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda and other members of the military top brass.

A similar letter indicating a 20% special allowance was written to the Minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu and the permanent secretary in the Ministry.

According to a schedule of the allowances accorded to senior members of the army a brigadier general or air commodore will take home a salary of between $813-850, a housing allowance of $361, an official vehicle an approved (REP allowance) of $566, special allowance of between $391 and $400 all totalling the range of $2131-$2177 per month.

Defence forces spokesperson Overson Mugwisi referred questions to Sunguro.

“The originators of the communication you are referring to should comment,” said Mugwisi rather curtely.

Sunguro was said to be out of office.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said he was travelling back to Zimbabwe from a foreign trip.

Willard Manungo the permanent secretary in the Ministry was dropping calls.