Government takes over salaries payment for municipal nurses

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The government is implementing its decision to transfer nurses’ salaries from the Harare and Chitungwiza Municipalities payrolls to the state-run Salary Service Bureau.

Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said the plan was in line with the government’s decision to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment.

“Cabinet wishes to inform the public that its decision to transfer health workers from the Chitungwiza and Harare Municipalities payrolls to the Government payroll has started in earnest, with 60 out of the 65 nursing staff in Chitungwiza having been transferred. Measures are being put in place for the City of Harare to expedite the implementation of the Cabinet decision of transferring 368 health professionals,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

 

She highlighted that in an effort to smoothen the implementation of the transfer of the health workers, Cabinet resolved that the implementation of the Cabinet directive should 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.

Additionally, minister Mutsvangwa said, “The ad hoc inter-ministerial committee led by Public Service minister Paul Mavima was given a month to engage municipalities in order to deal with legacy issues, such as outstanding salaries, provident funds, statutory obligations, and other conditions of service such as funeral assistance, medical insurance, and accommodation.”