Covid-19 war: Govt leads in cutting staff… Workforce trimmed to 25pc

THE Government’s move to reduce the public workforce from 40 percent to 25 in the wake of a spike in Covid-19 infections and mortalities has been lauded as it sets the trend that the whole country should follow to win the war against the pandemic.


This comes as President Mnangagwa has called for all hands on the deck if the nation is to defeat the invisible enemy that has claimed hundreds of lives in the country and wrecked the economy.

In the past weeks, the country has recorded an exponential increase in the number of cases, with weekly cases going up from 8 013 during the week ending July 13, 2021, to 21 346 in the week ending July 20.


And as part of the containment measures, the Government reduced its workforce to only a fraction to decongest offices, with civil servants set to report to work on a rotational basis.


On Tuesday in her post-Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting ServicesMinister Monica Mutsvangwa said Government employees would report for duty on a rotational basis.

“Government has further reduced its workforce to 25 percent, on a two-weeks rotational interval. Priority will be given to the vaccinated personnel,” she said.


On the other hand, courts of law would be opened only for remand and urgent cases adding that all civil servants should be vaccinated.


The Secretary in the Public Service Commission Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe has since notified department heads that, in light of the decongestion exercise, line ministries should rotate staff in such a manner that no employee shall remain at home for more than 21 days at a stretch.


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