Nurses’ posts to be unfrozen soon-Parirenyatwa

via Nurses’ posts to be unfrozen soon-Parirenyatwa | The Zimbabwean 01  August 2014

President Robert Mugabe has ordered the cash-strapped government to lift a ban on the recruitment of thousands of nurses and other health workers into the civil service, a top official has revealed.

Speaking at Gweru General Hospital at an event to commission an outpatient ward constructed by South Africa based Impala Mines through its local subsidiary Unki Mine yesterday, Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa said the unfreezing of posts for nurses is “with immediate effect” since it has been pronounced by Mugabe himself.

“When the President himself has said it, who are we to reject the decision? We need to go on and advertise for the posts. The freeze has been lifted,” said the minister.

The freezing of posts for the health care workers was implemented by the state when the country adopted the multi-currency regime in 2009 after it was realised that government could not sustain the wage bill of about 160, 000 civil servants due to poorly performing economy.

Government is, however, struggling to pay its workers on definite dates, and Mugabe’s decision to unfreeze posts might worsen the situation.

The president recently claimed the economy was performing well, despite indicators of a crisis on the ground.

“We have been noticing a lot of vacancies for nurses who should be helping save lives so we are actually happy that President Mugabe has seen it necessary to unfreeze posts for the nurses. It will go a long way in improving service delivery,” said Parirenyatwa.

He also highlighted that about 1, 200 nurses have been on the waiting list looking for the jobs.


  • comment-avatar

    “The unfreezing is with immediate effect since it was announced by the president himself” This shows that no matter how educated people can be, they put all our lives in one person.Didnt Parirenyatwa know of the problems?
    We really have a struggle to convince even ministers that the country is in our hands for future generations.Whatever we do, lets think about the generations to come.
    Remember words are words, we are waiting to see when the nurses will be taken.Nurses, be cautious, do not celebrate as of now.

  • comment-avatar
    mutakura 7 years ago

    We have heard that before about two years ago but no unfreezing of posts ever took place

  • comment-avatar

    the joke is no finance just 90year old farts.

  • comment-avatar
    Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

    Tino please give us break with all your negative comments, you are so so negative.

    Relax take a chill pill the hospital in Gweru is now one of the best and the improvements should be commended and not condemned.

    Infrastructure development translates to job creation and hence the now the need for more nurses.

  • comment-avatar
    Mishonga yanetsa 7 years ago

    Do you mean the future generation of the dead it was long overdue

  • comment-avatar
    Charles Frizell 7 years ago

    ROFL – “Kafka”!!!