FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday warned that local authorities and heads of parastatals who choose to resist his salary cut order would be dealt with by a Cabinet committee set up to handle with the matter.
Addressing journalists in Harare, Chinamasa said the $6 000 salary cap for chief executive officers at public institutions was an interim measure to control the scourge of mega-salaries and pave way for a salary audit.
“No one can resist an interim measure where at the end of the day they would be no losses,” he said.
“In any event, mention those ones who are resisting. We will deal with this problem as a committee.”
Chinamasa said the “obscene” salaries earned by some heads of public institutions like councils and parastatals indicated a skewed salary policy.
“To get to the bottom, we need a remuneration audit which will address a lot of issues, were procedures for approvals of those awards followed, does the organisation have the capacity to pay so on and so forth,” he said.
“Now only after the audit an appropriate action will be followed to adjust downwards or upwards.”
Several local authorities early this week said they would not rush to implement Chinamasa’s directive for fear of being sued by the affected employees and losing their skilled personnel.
“Everything has to be done according to the laws of the country. It’s not about agreeing or disagreeing, it’s about the law.
“We are a law-abiding council and everything has to be done according to the supreme law of the country,” said Harare City Council’s human resources committee chairperson Wellington Chikombo.
“We have to be diligent and sober, we don’t have to approach matters with emotions because we get emotive results. We will be cautious in dealing with our (human) resource.”