President Emmerson Mnangagwa has at a ZANU PF Politburo meeting held in Harare on Wednesday ordered all government departments and ministries to release non-essential staff as a way of managing and containing the coronavirus pandemic.
The directive comes a few days after the president also announced a cocktail of measures which Zimbabwe will be implementing to fight the spread and transmission of the virus. Speaking on Wednesday in the capital, he said:
As from Friday this week, all Government departments and ministries will only need one-third of their staff at work for two weeks. The other two thirds will be at home and after two weeks the next third comes and the two thirds will remain at home. Even here at party headquarters, I will ask the secretary-general to make sure that only one-third of the workforce will be at work and the rest will go home for a period of two weeks.
His remarks come when some companies in the private sector have since started rotating workers while some are now working remotely or have closed some of their outlets.
Zimbabwe is tightening screws following the death of 30-year-old journalist, Zororo Makamba who succumbed to coronavirus on Monday.
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