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Zimbabwe awards civil workers 50% salary increment, allowances

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In a bid to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 hardship , the finance minister announced that the Zimbabwean government has awarded a 50% pay rise and an allowance for its workers, on Wednesday.

The statement read in part,“With immediate effect all civil servants’ salaries will be adjusted upwards by 50%,” the ministry said, adding that the hike also applies to pensions.

“In addition all civil servants will be paid a flat non-taxable COVID- 19 allowance of US$75 dollars per month,” it said in a statement.

Zimbabwe has been battling to pay its 300,000 plus civil workers who earlier this year declared they could no longer report for duty, as galloping inflation had eroded their pay such that they could no longer afford the daily commute to work nor a decent meal a day.

According to figure made available by Zimstat, national statistics agency this week, annual inflation rose to 785.55% in May.

The country has registered 401 cases of the coronavirus, four fatalities inclusive .

Following an imposed lockdown on March 30 by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to curb the spread of the virus, and with more than 90% of the population relying on small-time informal trading in the streets, many are experiencing hardship in the nation.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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