President Mugabe’s government has suffered a major setback over civil servants bonuses after it’s  land offer was rejected as too little too late.

The restive civil servants declined Government’s offer to give them residential stands in place of bonus, insisting on being paid in cash.

Civil servants’ representatives, who met Government negotiators last week, rejected the offer saying “it came too late when bonus was due”.

The workers said they would consider the stands proposal next year.

This has forced Government to go back to the drawing board.

A highly-placed Government source confirmed the development yesterday.

“We tabled that proposal during the National Joint Negotiating Council meeting held last week and the workers said for now they were expecting money in the bank, not residential stands,” said the source.

“They said they will only consider that proposal next year and we had no option but to take back the matter to the Finance Ministry.

“The ministry is now seized with the matter and is working in consultation with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to ensure what was promised is fulfilled.”