By Nyasha Mutena
Government has rescued health workers for Harare and Chitungwiza municipal by undertaking to pay them following the two local authorities’ failure to meet salary obligations.
The two local authorities have also failed to account for funds disbursed by Treasury to combat COVID-19, leading to the disruption of operations.
Addressing journalists during the post cabinet briefing yesterday, 27 July 2021, Information minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said;
“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. Cabinet directed that nursing staff in the two municipalities be placed under the Public Service Commission and be paid through the Salary Service Bureau,” she said.
She also mentioned that 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” added Senator Mutsvangwa.
In addition, she urged citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19, in view of compelling evidence that vaccination reduces the need for hospitalization and also reduces infection rates and deaths.