Zimbabwe: Govt to Cater for One Million Households Affected By the COVID-19 Pandemic

President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
31 March 2020

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has set aside resources to cater for one million vulnerable households who are likely to be affected by the 21 day lockdown currently underway.

In a statement yesterday, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube the bail out plan which will be paid through cash transfer would commence immediately.

"The Treasury has set aside resources to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme and payment which will commence immediately," said the Minister.

"The Treasury will initially be availing an amount of 200 million per month under a cash transfer programme over the next three months and both the amount and duration of payments will be reviewed as necessary," read the statement.

"The Social Welfare Department will use its usual mechanisms to identify its beneficiaries," said Prof Ncube.

This comes as a solution to the outcry in urban areas where the majority are involved in informal trade to eke a living.

To enhance country efforts to fight COVID-19, the government has suspended duty and tax on various goods and services related to testing, protection, sterilisation and other medical consumables.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: 263Chat

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.