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No jab, no PSC bus ride: Govt

- BY MOSES MATENGA/RICHARD MUPONDE/ NQOBANI NDLOVU/MTHANDAZO NYONI

UNVACCINAT­ED government workers will now be barred from boarding Public Service Commission (PSC) buses while all government department­s have been ordered to further decongest workplaces and operate with a staff complement of 10% as President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administra­tion moves to introduce mandatory vaccinatio­n in the country.

Civil servants who contract the virulent virus without being vaccinated will be denied COVID-19 allowances, a developmen­t observers said was tantamount to forcing government workers to be inoculated.

In circular no 19 of 2021 dated July 19, Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunash­e said civil servants should provide proof of vaccinatio­n before boarding buses.

“The PSC shall ensure fumigation of buses daily and after each trip,” Wutawunash­e said.

“Only members with proof of vaccinatio­n against COVID-19 shall board PSC buses. The PSC shall observe social distancing in buses, with each bus carrying a maximum of 35 passengers. The PSC shall ensure fumigation of buses daily and after each trip.”

Wutawunash­e added: “Ministries are directed to reduce the number of staff coming to work from 40% to 10% for all line ministries, department­s and agencies with the exception of the Ministry of Health and Child Care and designated critical services with

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa

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