Govt expenditure illegal: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Government expenditure for November was illegal as it was not approved by the eighth Parliament, former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said.

Presenting his end-of-the-year address at Harvest House, the party’s headquarters, last week, Tsvangirai accused the government of operating illegally.

Tsvangirai said the government did not have the mandate to operate without a budget authorised by the Parliament.

“In effect all the expenses that government incurred in the past month are illegal, the house did not approve them,” he said.

“The belated national budget was only presented yesterday which means that all transactions done by the government done in the past one month were illegal because that expenditure was not approved by Parliament,” Tsvangirai told the press briefing.

Provisionally, all government expenses must be approved by the august seating, an economic analyst told the Daily News yesterday.

“They may have made provisions for the government to function without an authorised budget, however, these provisions were not published, so as far as we all know, these expenses are indeed, illegal,” Isis Mwale said.

The last budget, presented by former Finance minister Tendai Biti was presented last year in November.

This means that from the last date the budget was presented to the date that Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa presented his budget the country operated without a budget.

Both houses of Parliament were forced to adjourn until January 29, 2014, because the government is broke and running on a shoestring budget.

Chinamasa presented a $4,1 billion budget that experts said failed to inspire confidence and which the minister admitted was policy based and grossly short on funding.

Of the $4 billion, $3,5 billion will go towards recurrent expenditure, crowding out pressing needs, to do with economic revival.

Comments (7)

ho ho ho, and a happy new year, ifff we are lucky!!!! ever the optimist Zimbabwe lives in hope [faith & charity????]

bob hickley - 30 December 2013

Tsvangirai put your house in order before coming out in public. Hanziiko nemaBrishit, wakutopenga zvako,

hardlife - 30 December 2013

iwe hardlife no wonder you are called hardlife. always learn to read along the lines. iwe ndiwe benzi re mabenzi ase. the truth always stings like a bee

tk - 30 December 2013

tsvangirai all you seem to do is whine and complain. Why dont you come up with a positive agenda, a real plan for national healing and prosperity. Your JUICE was sour and westernist, which is why it failed to catch the imagination of the people and that is why they voted against you in drives. Give the nation a realistic and positive plan. We are weary of your whining. WE may not agree with indigenization etc of zanu pf but at least it was a positive plan.

wordwriter - 30 December 2013

How then does Tsvangirai allow MDC-T MPs to meet as part of Parliament, using reources drawn from an illegal source. Even the mike used by MDC orators in Parliament were powered by electricity paid for from unapproved expenditure. Why did they not boycott, as usual. This Morgan guy is sick. Why does he chose Harvest House to air his grievances, instead of cajoling his MPs to say this in Parliament? Kana kuti he is afraid that MDC-T MPs will steal the limelight from him. The real problem is that Morgan no longer has a national forum to articulate his views, but vana Biti, Chamisa, etc do have that national forum. Vakomana if you aint a president you aint, if you aint a prime minister you aint, and if you aint an MP you aint. Saka zvava kurwadza Save.

machakachaka - 31 December 2013

Morgan,Morgan,Morgan when shall you grow and start talking like a grown up man.Who have the mandate of passing judgments.The law is too complex for you to conclude beyond doubt that someone is guilty of an offense. What more the Government.As a leader i think you must know your jurisdiction better than a street mam like me.There somethings you must not say to protect your integrity.Avoid beer hall talk in public.You are a public figure.Even a cattle herder in Zimbabwe knew very well that the constitution gave the minister time up to January to prepare and present the budget.

samuel Gweshe - 1 January 2014

Seriously? This story brings out the idiocy in at least three people, Tsvangirai, Ndakaziva Majaka(reporter), Isis Mwale. The whole pack doesn't know that Zimbabwe's financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December? No wonder they believe in the Nikuv nonsense. And can Ndakaziva Majaka explain the meaning of her/his statement, "The last budget, presented by former Finance minister Tendai Biti was presented last year in November. This means that from the last date the budget was presented to the date that Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa presented his budget the country operated without a budget."

HighlandsPhiladelphia - 1 January 2014

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