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Zimbabwe Finance Minister Says Govt Resuscitating Housing Loan Guarantee Facility for Civil Servants Amid Health Professionals' Strike

FILE: Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe's finance minister, says the country needs to "climate-proof" its agricultural production. Nov. 28, 2019. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says the Public Service Commission in collaboration with several ministries are working towards the resuscitation of the housing loan guarantee facility for civil servants amid a strike by health professionals.

In a statement, Ncube said, “ ... The Government will be the guarantor of housing mortgages applied by members through the identified network banks. Consultations between relevant stakeholders have already been initiated by the Public Service Commission.”

He said the government is committed in paying competitive salaries to all civil servants in order to retain critical skills and derive efficient public services.

He noted that the government is paying a raft of allowances to civil servants in order to cushion them from the current harsh social and economic situation with inflation ravaging the nation.

Ncube did not mention the payment of salaries of civil servants in United States dollars as being demanded by striking nurses and disgruntled teachers.