Gov’t outlines uses of covid levy and corrects misreportage

Government has provided details of how it intends to use the Covid-19 levy while refuting claims that the newly approved levy will be utilised in paying for free water and electricity expenditure of 2020.

This comes at the back of series of reports to the effect that government has announced that the Covid-19 levy will be used in paying for the 2020 water and electricity freebies.

However, a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance on Friday March 19, 2021 refuted the claim outlining 7 key areas government intends to spend the funds accrued by the levy.

According to the statement, the free water and electricity of 2020 “ought not to be misconstrued to mean the new taxes of 2021 are a direct charge for those services.”

Providing details on the appropriation of the levy, the statement noted that funds from the levy will be used in the procurement, distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccines, establishment of 14 medical waste treatment facilities across the country for safe disposal of medical waste and the completion of 33 major health projects approved for implementation.

The statement also added that the levy will be used in the construction of 100-bed district hospitals in 101 districts with no hospitals, 7 regional hospitals for the new regions under government’s agenda 111 emphasising that the levy will also be used to recruit more health care professionals to fill the 111 district hospitals and to supplement the 100,000 health workers recruited so far under the current administration.

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