The government of Zimbabwe has announced that it has not yet disbursed relief funds that were set aside for vulnerable groups in the country.
“Vulnerable” individuals were supposed to get ZW$200 each as a cushion against effects of the national lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mavima, however, indicated that the government was yet to disburse the funds.
During a Zoom Video meeting organised by the on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) which ran under the theme Impact of COVID-19: Future of work and Public Finance Management issues, Mavima said:
You have not seen any beneficiaries because no disbursement has been done as of now. I have told you that my expectation was that we were going to start disbursements before the end of April but there is supposed to be a wider intervention which is going to be announced by the President.
This comes when many people are calling for the lifting of the lockdown arguing that it has worsened the preexisting economic and humanitarian crisis.
A large number of Zimbabweans are in the informal sector and their incomes only come when the industry is operating.
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