According to the latest Full Council minutes, Marondera municipality still owes some of its employees salary arrears from the yearr 2010, 2014 and 2016.
The matter was raised by Councillor Size Vilela who asked whether council had finished off setting the debt dating back to 2010 when the country was using US$ in transacting.
An official from the Council accounts department Mr Maziwaka confirmed that the local authority indeed still owed some of its employees salaries rated in US dollars.
Arrears are from the USD Era
“Cllr Vilela said the salary arrears were of the US$ era and he said something should be done to employees who had been owed arrears for that period,” noted the minutes.
Cllr George Mponda then suggested that the concerned employees be compensated by residential stands.
“Cllr G. Mponda said it is not fair at all and they had suggested that they be given residential stands in lieu of the arrears to cover up on the USD,” said the minutes.
Cllr Dominic Matangira weighed in saying management should look into the issue of salary arrears they had with employees for the years 2010, 2014 and 2016 and repay employees using interbank rates or allocate stands.
He further revealed that some of the affected employees had already been paid, although the money was not disbursed using interbank exchange rate.
Employees to be paid at interbank rate or with stands
The Full Council meeting then resolved that arrears that had been owed by council to its employees be paid using interbank rates or that employees be allocated stands to that effect.
When contacted for comment, the Mayor of Marondera Cllr Chengetai Murova said it is true that such a recommendation has been put forward to council for consideration, adding that they are now going to sit and chart the way forward.
“It is actually provided for in the Urban Councils Act to compensate salary arrears of employees by giving them land,” said Mayor Murova.
He said given the financial situation at the local authority he does not see anything stopping them from allocating these employees some residential stands as the arrears have taken long to offset.