Are civil servants going to be paid Covid19 Allowance US$75 in cash per month?

Mr Ndavaningi ‘Nick’ Mangwana as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services
The Claim: Civil servants will be paid a flat non-taxable Covid19 Allowance US$75 per month and all government pensioners to to be paid a Covid19 Allowance US$30
The Verdict: claim verdict

SOURCE: Post on twitter Nick Mangwana the Permanent Secretary Information Publicity & Broadcasting that went viral

Civil servants will not get US$75 Covid-19 allowance in cash form, They will get electronic cards which they can use to make local transactions .The allowance will not be paid out in hard cash it will be deposited into the civil servants FCA accounts This was confirmed by Ministry of Finance Mthuli Ncube.

Treasury said it had adjusted salaries and introduced the new allowance because is was committed “to continuously review and improve the remuneration framework for civil servants, taking into account the transitory economic challenges being currently experienced in the country, which have been exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic”.

Zimbabwe Treasury

Background

On average civil servants are getting a salary of about ZWL$3000 whilst all basic commodities prices are pegged against the USD. Zimbabwe banned the use of foreign currencies, including US dollar for local trading a year ago.

Since 2016 Zimbabwe has introduced bond notes which was officially pegged at 1:1 to the US dollar then followed by the RTGS dollars and of late the Zimbabwe dollar has been introduced. Zimbabwe has become a cashless society relying heavily on the use of plastic money and mobile money payments.

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