Govt to pay Harare, Chitungwiza Covid-19 allowances

CABINET has resolved that health workers working in two local authorities be paid their COVID-19 allowances by the Public Service Commission.
This comes amidst worries that the Harare City Council and Chitungwiza Municipality were not paying these health frontliners bearing the COVID-19 burden.
Addressing the press at a post cabinet media briefing on Tuesday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said they displeasingly learnt of the embezzlement.
“Cabinet noted with concern the failure by Chitungwiza Municipality and Harare City Council to pay nurses and other health personnel, resulting in a reduction in service delivery.
The two Municipalities have also been unable to account for financial resources availed by Treasury towards the COVID-19 response,” she said.
As a result, Cabinet directed that nursing staff in the two municipalities be placed under the Public Service Commission and be paid through the Salary Service Bureau (SSB)
Risk allowances for the affected workers will also be paid. “Cabinet also tasked the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to ensure that the municipalities account fully for the resources that they were allocated as part of the country’s COVID-19 response,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.
Meanwhile, the payment of council nurses via SSB comes as a welcome development to the Zimbabwe Urban and Rural Council Nurses Workers Union (ZURCNWU). The Union has been lobbying for nurses to get their COVID-19 allowances. The Union’s President Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika is on record advocating that council nurses be awarded their COVID-19 allowances.

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