Government has retired 3 365 national youth service officers, popularly known as green bombers, who were serving under the Ministry of Youth, Arts,Sports and Recreation.
Public Service Commission Acting Secetary Mr S Masanga said in a press statement that the move is in line with the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) which was announced by Finance Minister Honourable Mthuli Ncube in his 2019 National Budget.
“The youth officers will be paid their cash in lieu of accrued leave days and cash in lieu of notice pending retirement on the 4th of January 2019.” He said.
The press statement mentioned that efforts are being made in facilitating access to a wide range of economic initiatives for the youths.
Some of the proposed initiatives include equipping the youths with technical skills from vocational Institutions dotted around Zimbabwe and assist them in accessing financial loans from Empowerment bank among other financial.institutions so that they start new or develop existing businesses.
“Facilitate the youth officers to participate in other government programmes which include command agriculture, mining, value addition and availed with information on various investment opportunities.” Masanga said.
Government spends 90% of its revenue on salaries, a move which many economists believe has contributed to the existing comatose economy.
The youth officers served government for 10 years.