The minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Sevices, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa on Tuesday announced that the central government had initiated the process of paying salaries of health workers from all local government authorities.
Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing, Mutsvangwa said the move was meant to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment. Said the minister:
This is in line with the government’s decision to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment.
To smoothen implementation of the transfer of the health workers, Cabinet resolved that going forward, the implementation of the Cabinet directive be made in a manner that allows the complete absorption of health professionals from all urban local authorities, starting with Chitungwiza, followed by Harare and then moving on to the remaining local authorities.
Mutsvangwa said the adhoc inter-ministerial committee led by Public Service minister Paul Mavima was given a month to engage municipalities in order to deal with issues such as outstanding salaries, conditions of service such as funeral assistance, medical insurance and accommodation.
Minister Mutsvangwa also said measures were being put in place for the City of Harare to speed the implementation of the Cabinet decision by transferring 368 health professionals.
Meanwhile, 60 out of the 65 nurses in Chitungwiza have already been transferred from the municipality’s payroll to the Salary Service Bureau.
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