Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi and his cabinet ministers, including vice president Slumber Tsogwane, have pledged to take a 10 percent pay cut for the next six months in the fight against COVID-19.
“President Masisi and his cabinet ministers, me included, have pledged 10 percent of our monthly salaries toward the COVID-19 Relief Fund for a period of six months,” Tsogwane told the nation in a live television broadcast on Tuesday evening.
The move is an acknowledgement that every person and organization has a part to play “as we unite to stop the spread and transmission of the deadly COVID-19 in our country,” the vice president said.
According to Tsogwane, total deductions from the officials’ pay for the six months will amount to 100,440 U.S. dollars.
Earlier this month, Masisi announced the establishment of a COVID-19 relief fund, with a seed amount of 2 billion pula (about 168 million dollars).
Botswana, which has so far reported 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death, has ordered citizens to practice social distancing and only get out of home for essential goods and services. Enditem