Chinamasa concedes to pressure …as Parliament passes 2018 budget

Chinamasa concedes to pressure …as Parliament passes 2018 budget

By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa had to literary buy passage for his 2018 National Budget as legislators had dug-in on their demands for Parliament and health sector. Parliamentarians were unanimous in their demand for adequate budget for the legislature arguing that the initially allocated US$57 million was not enough to effectively funding their oversight role. Parliament last year failed to hold public meetings in some areas and had to literary depend on the benevolence of development partners. However after threatening to sabotage the budget, Minister Chinamasa was left…

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Allocate more funds for Sanganai/Hlanganani

Allocate more funds for Sanganai/Hlanganani

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water and Tourism has called on Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to allocate more funds for the hosting of Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo and the Harare International Carnival. Sanganai/Hlanganani and Carnival are part of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) destination marketing activities and have the potential to bring millions of tourists to the country combined. Last year Minister Chinamasa told delegates Sanganai/Hlanganani in Bulawayo last year that he was going to adequately fund the tourism sector because of its vast potentials that bring instant…

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Chinamasa has dirty hands: Sibanda

Chinamasa has dirty hands: Sibanda

By Daniel Chigundu BINGA North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda has accused Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa of coming to Parliament with dirty hands over his failure to allocate funds to Provincial Councils and local authorities. According to Section 301.3 of the country’s constitution, Treasury is supposed to allocate about 5 percent of the national budget to provinces and local authorities as their share in that year. However, Minister Chinamasa has never complied with that constitutional provision arguing that there are no guidelines on how the money will be…

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Misihairabwi pleads for sanitary pads

Misihairabwi pleads for sanitary pads

By Daniel Chigundu PROPORTIONAL Representation legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has pleaded with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to consider scrapping import duty on menstrual cups as sanitary pads crisis persist in Zimbabwe. Menstrual cups are an alternative to sanitary pads and are considered economical over time as the same cup can be used for close to 10 years. Presenting a motion on the cost of sanitary wear, in the National Assembly, Honourable Mushonga said menstrual cups should be included in the various rebates that Minister Chinamasa talked about in his 2018 National…

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Parliament approve Chiri’s reappointment

Parliament approve Chiri’s reappointment

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENT of Zimbabwe has approved the reappointment of Mildred Chiri as Auditor General with effect from February 25, 2017. The reappointment is in terms of Section 310(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe which provides that the Auditor General is appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament. Chiri who had previously rejected the reappointment during the time of President Robert Mugabe is famed for exposing various corrupt activities in public institutions and government. Speaking in the National Assembly, Public Accounts Committee chairperson Paurina Mpariwa welcomed the…

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POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HON. ADV. J. F. MUDENDA AT THE POST-BUDGET SEMINAR 8 JANUARY 2018 The President of the Senate, Hon E.G. Madzongwe; The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon M. M. Chinomona; The Deputy President of the Senate, Hon C.C.C. Chimutengwende; Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dr T. Khupe; The President of the National Council of Chiefs, Hon. Senator Chief F.Z. Charumbira; Honourable Chief Whips; Honourable Committee Chairpersons here present; Honourable Members of Parliament here present; The Acting Clerk of Parliament, Ms….

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Diaspora vote key for economic turnaround: Mugano

Diaspora vote key for economic turnaround: Mugano

By Daniel Chigundu ECONOMIST Gift Mugano says allowing millions of Zimbabweans living and working in the diaspora to participate in elections is key for the country’s economic turnaround. It is widely believed that there are about three million Zimbabweans living in the diaspora for various reasons that range from political persecution, economic challenges and academic among many other reasons. These Zimbabweans have calling on the government to allow them to exercise their voting while in the diaspora but their call has been falling on deaf ears since 2000 when the…

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Govt to roll out SMEs incubation programs

Govt to roll out SMEs incubation programs

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says government will be rolling out Business Incubation Programs to help unlock potential in the country’s small to medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. Zimbabwe has about 3.5 million SMEs operating in various sectors of the economy but most of them have been failing to realise their full potential owing to various challenges that range from operational, financial and markets for their products. Despite the various challenges they face, SMEs are currently contributing above 60 percent to the country’s gross domestic product and about 80 percent…

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Parly warns Geiger International over contempt

Parly warns Geiger International over contempt

By Daniel Chigundu TRANSPORT and Infrastructure Development Portfolio Committee has warned Geiger International that they risk facing contempt charges for failing to appear before Parliament without giving reasons. Geiger International won the tender for the dualisation of the accident-prone Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare which is valued at a cost of about US$2.7 billion. Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe did the ground-ceremony in May this year but work is yet to begin on the road 971-kilometre road. Parliament had summoned the Austrian company to come and give feedback on the progress with regards…

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Disband troubled CMED: Gabbuza

Disband troubled CMED: Gabbuza

By Daniel Chigundu BINGA SOUTH legislator Gabbuza Joel Gabbuza says the government should disband the Central Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED) because it is not serving any purpose besides opening avenues for abuse of state resources. CMED which is currently facing various operational challenges is reportedly owed about US$24 million by government ministries for fuel and vehicle maintenance, US$768 000 for car hire by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and lost about US$2.7 million is botched fuel deal. Speaking in the National Assembly on the turnaround strategy for the parastatal, Honourable Gabbuza…

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