Civil servants who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being compensated between US$600 and US$1 000 depending on the grade.
Public Service deputy minister Lovemore Matuke on Friday told the Daily News that 1 305 government workers had so far produced the requisite COVID-19 certificates and are therefore eligible for the payments. Matuke said:
All civil servants up to permanent secretaries who have tested positive since last year are being paid anything between US$600 and US$1 000 depending on their grades.
For someone to be eligible for the one-off payment, they must have proof that they were tested and found to be positive.
Those who do not want to state their Covid-19 status cannot be paid because the only way we can prove that indeed someone tested positive are the results of the test.
Matuke further revealed that the Health Ministry has so far recorded 1 000 cases, the Ministry of Agriculture, 90, Home Affairs, 53 cases, and the Finance Ministry, 40.
The Office of the President and Cabinet had so far recorded 33 cases, while Local Government, National Housing, Transport, Information Communication Technology, Foreign Affairs and Public Service ministries had 11, 10, 10, 10, nine and nine cases respectively.
Meanwhile, the secretary-general of the Apex Council, David Dzatsunga, accused the government of falsifying the number of civil servants who have contracted the coronavirus. He said:
The first thing is that the government is not being truthful to say only about 1 000 civil servants tested positive for Covid-19.
While we have not yet compiled the total number of our infected members, it is not true to say, for example, that only one official was infected in the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, when we know colleagues who are either ill right now or have since died of Covid-19.
We are wondering what the government’s motive is in falsifying the numbers.