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COVID-19: Government sets up National Disaster Fund

Prof Mthuli Ncube, Finance Minister
By Anyway Yotamu
The government has set up a COVID-19 National Disaster Fund to enable citizens and other well-wishers to contribute towards the fight against the deadly virus which has claimed over 40 000 lives globally.
The establishment of the fund follows other measures that were announced by the Finance Minister on Monday this week that include $600 million to cover one million households and $50 million to cater for civil servants’ medical needs during the pandemic through the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS).
The money is an addition to $500 million that Government has already set aside for the fight against the disease.
Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said Government efforts may not be enough as the pandemic is likely to be one of the worst natural disasters to befall the nation in recent times.
“The scale and seriousness of this epidemic calls upon all of us as Zimbabweans to put our best foot forward and therefore I wish to call upon and implore all stakeholders that have the capacity and wish to assist in any way to come forward with their contributions to the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Contributions can be in cash to the bank accounts indicated below or in-kind or even in the form of ideas,” Minister Ncube said.
The Government, the minister said, has established a National Disaster Fund dedicated to receive and account for contributions from development partners and well-wishers and ring-fence them for deployment to mitigate the effects of the disease.
Minister Ncube added that those wishing to donate in-kind should send their donations to targeted ministries subject to Treasury concurrence as per the applicable procedure.
“Utilisation of funds and material resources will be through the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works’ Department of Civil Protection with processing facilitated by the Accountant General,” Minister Ncube said.
He advised the public and private sector, development partners and well-wishers making contributions towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of cash to use the listed bank accounts:-
i) National Disaster Fund Account: 06621537300047 ZWL/RTGS
ii) National Disaster Fund Account: 06621537300057 USD
iii) National Disaster Fund Account: 06621537300077 ZAR
iv) NetOne (One Wallet): Biller Code 094178
v ) EcoCash: Biller Code 140286
vi) Telecel: Merchant Code 216732
Official contact details to make contributions are as follows: –
Mr E Zvandasara 0712 211 554/ 0242 751734
Mrs M Mukondomi 0712 808 075 0242 763 027
Mr D Bundu 0712 876 344
Minister Ncube said the use of the accounts would ensure that resources were deployed for their intended uses and that there was full accountability.
“To facilitate ease of reconciliation, the procedure for any contribution/donation is a direct deposit into any of the above accounts and immediate follow up with an advisory note indicating the name of organisation, the amount donated as well as targeted use,” he said.

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