FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa has revealed that the government will this month pay civil servants their annual bonus although there is no progress regarding demands for minimum salaries of at least $600.
Chinamasa confirmed the bonus payment while addressing a pre-budget seminar for legislators in Victoria Falls on Friday.
"We are working towards payment of the 13th cheque and that will be done at the end of November. We will honour it," he said.
Regarding salary increments the treasury chief said he was waiting for talks between the civil servants unions and the government to conclude.
The talks have stalled over disagreements between the various workers unions on who to represent them in the National Joint Negotiating Council with the government.
Meanwhile, David Chapfika who chairs Parliament's Finance Committee slammed MDC legislators after they hectored Chinamasa over his claim that sanctions were responsible for the country's continuing economic problems.
"We are here using public funds and you should respect this platform. You don't need to interject for the sake of interjecting, this is not the environment," said Chapfika.
"This is serious business and immunity is only in parliament and not here. Personally I feel embarrassed by your action because we will end up wasting the taxpayers' money."
Speaker David Mudenda was also not impressed as it appeared some of the legislators were not taking the seminar seriously, regularly turning up late for sessions.
I wish to reiterate that it cannot be the role of Parliament to 'fiddle while Rome burns', for indeed that is how the electorate would view us if we fiddle," he said.