Civil servants including Doctors and nurses are unhappy with the news that the government is going to be paying them with Nostro USD and not real USD cash. The government through various channels, had informed civil servants that they would be given Nostro USD cards loaded with electronic US dollars. They could then use this USD in shops.

This offer has been rebuffed by doctors and nurses. They staged a demonstration at Bulawayo’s United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) today rejecting the government’s $75 USD offer.They said they wanted was real USD calling the proposed Nostro USD, a rebased US dollar

Why the long face?

You would think civil servants should be celebrating getting paid in USD but as new details on how the system worked filtered yesterday, excitement gave way to disappointment. Most civil servants want money they can touch and feel they say.

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