Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) employees, an institution run by the ZAOGA have gone for months without any salaries.
The ZAOGA run university, is named after the church’s founding father Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti. It is also his personal property.
Last month, Guti hit the headlines after his name appeared as one of the beneficiaries of the controversial farm mechanisation scheme where he reportedly pocketed US$116 693.00. Together with several other women and men of the cloth including Nolbert Kunonga, Rutendo Wutawunashe, Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, Guti never repaid the money, the burden of which was later offloaded to tax payers.
Said an employee at the university who spoke on condition of anonymity:
“Yes it is true that we have gone for two full months without getting salaries. We have not been told why. No one, including the Human resources department has given the employees any explanation as to why we havent received salaries.
Our worry is that while the salary issue is there, the biggest problem is that we are expected to use our own finances to further university business in this difficult time.
We are now being subjected to a forced contribution of not only our services as labourers, but also our finances.
As if thats not enough, the level of victimisation and threats for just asking this salary is too much to bear hence no one has ever asked this question.
We have been reduced into slaves to say the least. I won’t get into details as to the amount that we are getting as salaries. It’s undoubtedly worse than peanuts and we have been promised a review which has never materialised.”
ZimEye is waiting for correspondence from the ZEGU regards the issue.
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