Cabinet Approves Goat Currency | BREAKING NEWS

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Staff Reporter | In a rather dumbfounding move the cabinet has approved the use of livestock as payment for medical aid services.

It was not clear at the time of writing whether this mode of payment whereby livestock replaces the US dollar will be limited to the health sector only or is likely to spread to other commercial transactions. Zimbabwe is currently facing serious cash shortages.

The central bank has accused ‘ungrateful’  foreign traders as the cash crisis deepened last week with depositors failing to access money at banks while others said their banks had cut by half the daily withdrawal limit to $50.

 The state media reports that cabinet has approved a framework under the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme that will result in people in rural communities using livestock for health cover, a Government official has said.
The scheme will also target those not formally employed, Public Labour and Social Welfare Minister Priscah Mupfumira revealed yesterday.

Addressing the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare 2017 strategic review workshop, Minister Mupfumira said the move would spread access to health care to rural, mining and farming communities.

“As Government, it is our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable, the less privileged and those not formally employed have access to medical services,” she said.

Minister Mupfumira said the process had already been activated with the approval of Cabinet, while subsequent processes of drafting the Bill before taking it to Parliament by the end of the year were under way.

The scheme will include a voluntary component targeting the informally employed, who will make their contributions at prescribed intervals.

 “We will be consulting our social partners, labour and business to ensure that at the end of the day we have a product that will include more of our people,” said Minister Mupfumira. “This National Health Insurance Scheme will target the informally employed in the agriculture sector and those in the rural areas. They can even trade in their goats or chickens to cover for their health needs in a particular year.”

Minister Mupfumira said the scheme had to be affordable to the masses, adding that most people in rural, mining and agriculture communities had no access to health services.

Medical aid societies cover only those who are in formal employment, which translates to a few.

Minister Mupfumira revealed that the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with their South African counterparts to improve cooperation in the management of migrant workers.

Zimbabwe has a number of its people living and working in South Africa.

The MoU is a culmination of South African President Jacob Zuma’s visit last year that was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

Turning to her ministry, Minister Mupfumira said it did well in ensuring that no one starved through the drought mitigation programmes.

At least 852 000 households translating to about four million people have been receiving food assistance since last year.

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  • Mj

    Really, What’s this ?

  • hendrix

    Barter trading is coming back, i can smell it

  • Rhodie

    “Doctor Doctor, I’ve broken my arm! Can you fix it?”
    “Hmmm, ok, but that will cost you 2 goats!”
    Hahahahahahahaha LMFAO

  • Madiro

    You dont have to smell it only… See it … its here. Zvatoshata..chavachinyakare.

  • Mbudzi

    ZIMBABWE is truly a laughing STORK! That’s government failure at its best while they continue looting the country dry. Now Zimbabwe is a dry bone, not even a squeeze of blood remaining in its ‘body’. Those goats will somehow find their way to Gire’s vast Mazoe empire. Shame indeed. With all those mineral resources in abundance, a large chunk of the population is living below the poverty datum line at the expense of the ‘chosen few?.

    Varume vakuru kutobvumirana mu cabinet yamakudo kuti ngatichivatorerai their remaining livelyhood yezvipfuwo zvavo because hamuchina mari yekuvatorera. NEVER HAVE I SEEN SUCH GOVERNMENT FAILURE as in Zimbabwe. Maitiro mudura rakasiiwa naSmith rakazara musingadzoseri maiti miracle money yaibvepi to replenish? Regai varungu vaseke African leadership. Vakanzwa zvakadai vanoita party kuseka. SHAME on you.

  • Rhodie

    Be careful Mbudzi! There are some C10s on this forum!!! If they see you criticising they will issue you with a fine for “insulting the office of the president.” But don’t worry – you can pay your fine with goats if you have some! Hahahahaha.

  • Mbudzi

    Haa ya gore rino zvayangova mee mee!

  • rize

    madhoti ecabinet.

  • Theanimalswentintwobytwo!

    Trillion Dollars, US $, bond notes now Goats what is next in line Cows, chickens, pigs, ducks ……