COVID-19: Govt changes working hours

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 31 August 2020 at 10:34

The Ministry of Public Service and Labor (MIFOTRA) has called on all organizations to suspend micro-monitoring of employees through mechanisms that could be cause of the spread of COVID-19, to monitor their productivity both for home- and office-based employees.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting on August 26, 2020 to ensure that the activities of the Public Sector will continue while respecting prevention measures of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that each level of government is required to employ no more than 30% of all employees, leaving others to work from home and later take turns going to the office.

The Minister of Public Service and Labor, Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, addressed a letter to all Ministers, Secretaries of State, Director General of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Gas, on of August 29, 2020, indicating that something needed to be changed.

The decision was taken on the basis of an audit conducted at all levels of government from July 30 to August 4, 2020 to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 epidemic prevention guidelines, which indicate that "Only 38 out of 121 audited agencies complied with the required number at the time."

MIFOTRA called on all government agencies to "publish a list of staff assigned to work in the office and home based workers and when the Department rules that take they will be taking turns, this will help the authorities to ensure that no more than 30% of the workforce in the office as mentioned"

“Suspension of the use of the fingerprint machine or the signature of the staff and any other means of controlling the spread of the pandemic, to control the productivity of employees, both office workers and home based workers” said Minister Rwanyindo.

She also urged them to continue to sensitize staff and government agencies to make better use of ICT in providing the services they need.

Kayirangwa urges them to "make it easier for Public Transport Workers to get to and from work, to return home at 03:00 PM so that they can reach their homes before 7:00 PM."

Normally, government staff worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MIFOTRA also called on the Ministry in particular to monitor the implementation of the COVID-19 epidemic prevention measures.

Rwanyindo called on the Ministries to play a role in preventing COVID-19.