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Violence, Finance Bills passed without amendments
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
December 20, 2006

http://www1.herald.co.zw/inside.aspx?sectid=12929&livedate=12/20/2006%2012:00:00%20AM&cat=1

SENATE yesterday passed the Domestic Violence, Finance, and Appropriation (2007) bills without amendments.

The Domestic Violence Bill seeks to provide for protection and relief to victims of domestic violence.

The Finance Bill seeks to give effect to the various fiscal and tax measures announced by the Minister of Finance Cde Herbert Murerwa in his 2007 budget while the Appropriation Bill seeks to give effect to the $4,3 trillion budget announced by the minister last month.

The Bills now await Presidential assent to become law.

Speaking during the second reading debate of the Finance Bill, Makoni-Nyanga Senator Dr Stanley Sakupwanya said adequate funds must be made available for anti-retroviral drugs to be made locally so that they could be accessible to those in need.

He said the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare must receive priority in foreign currency allocations for it to procure drugs and medicines.

Contributing to the debate, President of the Council of Chiefs, Chief Fortune Charumbira said the proposed introduction of presumptive tax for taxis and commuter omnibuses with effect from January next year would greatly affect the ordinary man.

"This tax is going to affect commuters because public transport owners will pass on the burden to commuters," he said.

Dr Murerwa said it was true that costs under the tax would be immediately passed to the consumer.

He said the country’s economy was now moving from the formal sector to the informal sector and hence the need to increase Government’s revenue base.

Meanwhile, the Senate adopted a motion on the Presidential address that was moved by Bulilima-Mangwe Senator Cde Eunice Moyo (Zanu-PF).

In winding up the motion, Cde Moyo thanked all members that contributed to the motion.

She said Zimbabweans applauded Government for redistributing land as well as taking a tough stance against corruption.

Cde Moyo also thanked President Mugabe for maintaining his stance to defend Zimbabwe against its detractors. "Women are also grateful because they are now enjoying the fruits of their resilience. I also want to thank chiefs who have continued to support the President and Government," she said.

She said the thrust was now upon all Zimbabweans to assist Cde Mugabe in fighting vices such as corruption, nepotism and other ills that were detriment to the good of the country.

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