Rwandan officials forfeit April salary amid COVID-19

By ZBC Reporter
Rwandan cabinet members and other senior government officials have resolved to forfeit their April salary in solidarity with their fellow Rwandans under COVID-19 lockdown in the country, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Sunday.
This comes after the nationwide lockdown was extended for two more weeks until April 19 last Wednesday to contain the further spread of the virus.
“In the context of the fight against COVID-19, and I solidarity with the most affected Rwandans, the Government of Rwanda has decided, over and above ongoing social protection initiatives, that all cabinet members, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Public Institutions, and other senior officials shall forfeit one month’s salary (April),” read a statement issued.
The Prime Minister’s Office also commended all Rwandans for their continued support and adherence to government measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Justice Mayor Wadyajena also called upon legislators and senior government officials to sacrifice their monthly salaries and allowance to fund the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
In a tweet which went viral, Wadyajena made a passionate plea to stakeholders to ensure that they sacrifice their little earnings in complementing government efforts towards the fight against COVID-19.
“This pandemic might wipe us all out if we don’t jack up! Our country is ill-prepared to fight COVID-19, much like the rest of the world. If we truly represent the people, every single MP, Perm Sec and senior government official must sacrifice a once-off salary and allowance donation to the fund,” said Wadyajena.
The message got buy-in from other legislators who expressed their willingness to participate in pooling resources together.
MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora commended the gesture expressing his willingness to join hands.
“I totally agree this pandemic has to be fought by all of us. As someone said recently COVID-19 has no political affiliation. It is everyone’s enemy and we have to fight it. As such may you kindly advise how we can contribute?” he said.
In Zimbabwe, legislators earn around ZWL10 000 monthly.
The country has currently recorded 10 positive cases, one of which succumbed to the virus.
Government has long since directed a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives globally.
Legislators and senators in Nigeria have also pledged a percentage of their salaries and allowance towards the fight against COVID-19.