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Minister Biti concerned over missing diamond revenue
for Democratic Change
diamond mining companies have not remitted any revenue to Treasury
in the first four months of the country, a situation which the Minister
of Finance, Hon. Tendai Biti has said is unacceptable.
State of the Economy Report for April at his government offices
, Minister Biti said revenue from the diamond mining companies would
have been channeled towards financing the voter registration
exercise and the coming elections.
are no receipts on diamonds since January. The revenue from the
diamonds could have gone a long way in sponsoring the elections,”
said Minister Biti.
He said at least
US$113 million was needed for the elections. However, despite the
non-remittance of revenue from the country’s resources to
the Treasury, the minister was confident that money for the elections
would be found.
the UN to assist and we have written to SADC and to individual countries
such as South Africa and Angola for financial assistance. We have
no doubt that we will be able to secure the funds. People want to
assist Zimbabwe as we have shown what we can do during
the referendum and voter registration exercise,” Minister
He said Treasury
had managed to secure US$25 million for the voter registration exercise
following the signing of the new Constitution into law last week.
is going to publish how the process is going to pan out. Every ward
will have a mobile voter registration centre and every school should
have the voters’ roll for inspection. This funding will cover
voter education, information and publicity under the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC), police work in ensuring peace and stability and
the actual work of voter registration. What we are now left with
is to secure the remaining funds to cover elections,” Minister
He called for
the urgent implementation of all the outstanding reforms to ensure
the holding of free and fair elections. “There is need for
clarity on reforms and dates,” he said.
said clarity on election dates would give confidence to the economy,
which the minister said was shrinking.
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