The City of Kadoma is failing to clear its wage bill with employees currently into their third month with no salary.
Sources within Kadoma council said the problem is being worsened by a poor rates collection efficiency.
In January Kadoma reportedly collected RTGs400 million of which RTGs50 million was deducted as a reserve estate fee.
This left the town with a paltry RTGs350 million which wasn’t enough for a variety of expenses.
Some of the employees who spoke to Open Council on condition of anonymity said they are hopeless over their salaries.
“We have not yet received our salaries, some dating back to December 2022.
“Our educational allowances were delayed, making it difficult for us to pay school fees for our children.
“We had to revert to survival means to bring food on the table, at the same time, keep our children in class,” said one from the security department.
Another employee, who has served the city for more than two decades, was pensive over the matter.
“I don’t know what to do now as I’ve been down for too long.
“I’m enquiring about my pay daily but, nothing is materializing.
“We were supposed to down tools last month, February, because of the same reason,” she said.
Recalled Mayor, Action Nyamukondiwa, cited council’s poor revenue collection as the reason for the situation.
“Usually, we wait for our revenue streams to bring in something so that we can then be able to meet our salary obligations.”
Chamber Secretary Willard Mangwengwende was uncomfortable revealing specifics of the situation.
Kadoma has a workforce of 466 people which is segmented as 337 full time employees, 78 contract workers and 51 interns.