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Bill read for first time
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
August 18, 2005
(Supplementary) Bill that seeks to give effect to the supplementary
budget designed to address shortfalls arising from this year's national
budget was yesterday read for the first time in Parliament.
The Bill was
referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee for consideration.
It was presented
in the chamber after the House adopted a motion moved by Minister
of Finance Dr Herbert Murerwa seeking leave of the Parliament to
bring the Bill.
of Finance Cde David Chapfika told parliamentarians that out of
the total supplementary budget of $ 6,6 trillion the House would
only approve $ 3,4 trillion with the remaining $ 3,2 trillion being
dealt with through a ministerial warrant.
said this while responding to issues raised by the legislators during
the debate on a motion seeking leave to bring the Bill into the
He said the
supplementary budget had been necessitated by several factors that
included the unforeseen drought situation.
The deputy minister
said apart from drought mitigation measures, part of the money from
the supplementary budget would be channelled to malaria control
programmes as well as feeding of under privileged children.
he said, had directed ministries to cut their foreign trips as a
way of serving the scarce foreign currency and emphasis was being
put on a cash budget system.
said since the agricultural sector was the key in the turning around
of the economy, trillions of dollars would be channelled to the
crucial sector through the financial institutions.
upon the MDC to assist the Government by desisting from calling
for sanctions while the corporate world should restore work ethics
and discipline," he said.
to the same debate, Masvingo South MP Cde Walter Mzembi (Zanu PF)
said measures should be put in place to ensure that financial resources
to the farming community were channelled to selected groups that
would be tasked with growing particular crops.
The ruling party
lawmaker said authorities at both district and provincial levels
should then supervise the targeted farmers, adding that there should
be a recovery model to ensure that farmers repaid their loans.
Cde Mzembi said
drought mitigation should become feature of every national budget
in view of the recurrent droughts which the country has experienced
over the past years.
He said Government
should also give equal support to the mining sector which was crucial
in the turning around of the economy.
to the debate, Mutare North MP Mr Giles Mutsekwa (MDC) said the
Ministry of Finance should rein in on Government ministries and
departments that overspend.
is so much lavish spending by various Governemnt ministries,"
legislator said there was also need to reduce the size of the Presidential
motorcade which he said was consuming a lot of fuel, adding that
the move would save the fuel.
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