Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa says bars and night clubs should remain closed indefinitely in the face of an expected threat of a third wave of the coronavirus.
Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this yesterday during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare.
She said Cabinet remains aware of the need to fully open all economic activities but because of the threat of a Third Wave, Cabinet can not open bars and night clubs until further notice.
Mutsvangwa also said Cabinet noted the number of teachers who were not reporting for duty and as a result, the government would strictly enforce the “no work, no pay policy
“Cabinet was informed that the number of teachers reporting for duty had decreased. It is further noted that some of those reporting for duty are not teaching. Cabinet wishes to reiterate that negotiations for improved conditions of service remain open under the National Joint Negotiating Council and that the no work, no pay policy will be strictly enforced.” she said.
However Cabinet did not address the critical shortage of buses for transporting the public but warned transporters allegedly violating COVID-19 regulations that they will be dealt with.
Recently Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Secretary Raymond Majongwe revealed that if the woes of teachers continue they were going to engage the courts adding that there is a lot of issues about teachers that need to be addressed.
Majongwe also responded to what the government was proposing that it will cut payments for teachers who will not report for duty and those who will offer extra lessons to students insisting that the government had another work to focus on, which he said was to address issues of theft and corruption that was happening in the country.
“If teachers issues are not addressed in a transparent manner we will go to court because there are several things that must be put in the right direction, they can do what they want they are the government and we are only a Trade Union.
“We need People that nature, finding out that who is taking our diamonds and gold out of Zimbabwe rather than looking for people who are teaching Zimbabwean children. We had gold that is going out through the boarders of Zimbabwe and people who are doing that have not been arrested yet. Why do they want to arrest teachers who are empowering other children.” said Majongwe.
Minister Mutsvangwa also said that the Cabinet is keen that the issue of incapacitation of teachers will be addressed soon.
“Cabinet wishes to reiterate that negotiations for improved conditions of service remain open under the National Joint Negotiating Council and that the no work, no pay policy will be strictly enforced.” She said.