Proposed pay cuts for top Zimbabwe civil servants

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Zimbabwe’s finance ministry has proposed a pay cut for all senior government officials in order to ease government expenditure.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube presented the first budget of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rule on Thursday, putting forward a 5 percent salary slash on all top civil servants.

The cut will also be effected on senior workers in state enterprises.

Ncube also announced plans to re-register civil servants in an audit that he hopes will help the government purge “ghost” workers.

The Zimbabwe government currently spends 90 percent of its budget on salaries, squeezing out resources meant for infrastructure development.

The finance minister also announced plans to tighten rules on the government’s local borrowing.