Hungry Zimbabweans receive US$3 month’s Covid-19 cushioning allowance from govt
By Staff Reporter
OVER 200 000 Zimbabweans have each received from government, $180 cushioning allowance against the effects of the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
The allowance is equal to US$3 currently, after exchange rates have surged to $60 to a single US dollar.
Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima told the media Wednesday the amount has been increased to $300 ($5).
Mavima said the number of vulnerable locals who were promised the amounts was heavily whittled down by government from the initial one million to just 201 000.
“The payments for this month started last week where people are receiving $180 for this month and all the 201 000 people will receive this amount each.
“As of June 1, 2020, the amount has been upped to $300 person. The programme will continue until the end of the year, funds permitting,” he said.
The Zanu PF led government has been criticised for poor economic policies that have greatly incapacitated the state in terms of driving economic progress and providing safety nets for vulnerable citizens.