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Finance Bills passed without amendments
SENATE yesterday passed
the Domestic Violence, Finance, and Appropriation (2007) bills without
Violence Bill seeks to provide for protection and relief to
victims of domestic violence.
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
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
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 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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