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the budget create peace?
Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET)
November 14, 2003
Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) is urging the Minister of Finance
and Economic Planning to ensure that the awaited national budget
is relevant to Zimbabwe's socio economic problems.
as it might sound but not too long ago $480 000 was enough to buy
houses I the low-density suburbs and a fleet of vehicles to match
the life style. Now this amount is what an average family requires
monthly to get a modest basket of essentials. How many ordinary
Zimbabweans can afford this?
As an advocate
peace, ZIMCET is worried that the prevailing socio economic environment
is not conducive to the enhancement of peace. Most families have
overnight forgotten the taste of bread, let alone meat as their
prices put them out of the reach of many.
ZIMCET is deeply concerned at the drawn out impasse of the junior
and middle level doctors and the government over their salaries.
The majority of the people can only depend on government hospitals
and without doctors it mean peace is eluding many. It is therefore
essential for government to address the doctors and other health
professionals' concerns in the new budget.
become a living hell for many. People leave home when it is still
dark and get back home closer to midnight. Some of the means of
transportation are a death trap; people pile into trucks and keep
their fingers crossed in case they hit a pothole because the slightest
disturbance would be fatal. Some of the images we see on the streets
are images we never thought could be seen in Zimbabwe but maybe
Punjab or Lahore.
ZIMCET is aware
that a national budget on its own without the political will and
the concerted commitment of its people will not solve these mounting
problems that sound like a fairy tale.
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