'$100 spot fine will fuel corruption'

HARARE - Government's decision to increase road traffic fines from $20 to $100 will fuel corruption both in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and among members of the public as it is beyond the reach of many, parliamentarians have said.

Presenting a report on the 2016 National Budget recently presented by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, parliamentary portfolio committee on Finance chairperson, David Chapfika, on Tuesday  told Parliament that the increase was unsustainable.

“On the proposed road traffic fines, it is the view of your committee that a fine of $100 is too much for an already traumatised populace and this can promote corruption on our highways,” Chapfika said.

The Zanu PF Mutoko South legislator called for transparency in the use of the combined revenues to be collected by government institutions or departments outside the budget, saying it was a significant amount which he estimated to reach over $1 billion in 2016 if “properly and accurately accounted for”.

The former deputy Finance minister said government revenue should be paid to the Consolidated Revenue Fund for reallocation to priority areas.

“This includes revenues from fines collected by the ZRP, Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (Zinara), Environmental Management Authority and the Registrar’s Office among many other government agencies.

“It is therefore, your committee’s view that all these funds be paid to the Consolidated Revenue Fund for effective allocation to critical priority areas by the ministry of Finance under the control of the national budget system and the supervision of Parliament.

It should also be noted that these agencies are also covered in the national budget.”

Chapfika added that the country’s external and domestic debt levels remain unsustainable.

“Although your committee recognises the effort being undertaken by government to clear the arrears through the re-engagement of the international financial institutions (IFIs).

“The initiative to clear external arrears clearance in discussions that took place in Lima, Peru, is a basis to unlock fresh lines of credit.

“Both the balance of trade and the balance of payments are negative due to the high imports volumes.

“Business and investor confidence has also plummeted, leading to widespread closure of companies and the informalisation of the economy, coupled with high unemployment levels, low disposable income leading to low aggregate demand of goods and services.

“The stability of the financial sector ensures economic growth.”

Comments (4)

INSANE ($100 US) This is not a ZIM dollar???????? Wake up!!!!

Joe Soap - 18 December 2015

Zanu haina musoro. This is US $100 you are talking about. Not Zim dollar. And who'll be enfocing that traffic fine? An already corrupt police whose bosses or OIC's count these money collected by the police in the privacy of their offices singularly. Tipei ma serious.

Realist - 18 December 2015

Absolute and undiluted nonsense. Instead of focussing on productive issues, how to boost production and agriculture and mining, someone spend time thinking of increasing fines. Look at the poor and sorry state of our roads, where is the money being collected by ZINARA going, toll gate moneys, ko iyo yacho iri kutorwa nemapurisa iri kumboendeswepi!

Maita - 20 December 2015

No one has that kind of money people, if corrupt and insensitive policy makers always have U.S $100 IN YOUR POCKET IT DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE HAS GOT IT ALSO. Stop this bleeding of country, where did the diamonds money go , surely this is uttermost dismal failure to run a country , you should be ashamed to be part of it.

ZORAN - 25 December 2015

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