Parly begins 2017 budget consultations

HARARE - Parliament is set to conduct public consultations this week to gather citizens’ views ahead of the 2017 national budget.

The countrywide stakeholder meetings will be convened by the August House’s three portfolio committees — Finance and Economic Development, Mines and Energy and Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development..

In a schedule, Parliament’s public relations officer, Linda Manyemba, said the objective of the consultations was to gather information that will form part of comprehensive presentations to Patrick Chinamasa’s Finance ministry.

She said “stakeholders, representative groups and organisations and members of the public” must participate in the key consultations.

She added that participants wearing law enforcement uniforms will be barred from attending.

“All those who will be putting on military uniforms, signs of ranks, flags, badges and political party regalia will not be allowed access to the stakeholder meetings or public hearings,” Manyemba said.

The hearings come as Chinamasa last week outlined several measures aimed at reducing the wage bill, proposing that with effect from October 2016, ministers’ deputy directors will have their salaries and allowances cut by between five and 20 percent.

Chinamasa also announced the suspension of civil servants’ bonuses for two years — 2016 and 2017 — after government struggled to pay last year’s 13th cheque.

He also stated that he was also going to rationalise foreign travel expenditure for all government officials including ministers, parliamentarians, independent commissions, authorities and State enterprises’ officials.

The minister also laid down plans of reviewing the remuneration framework for public enterprises, statutory entities and local authorities.

He said all government bailouts to State enterprises and parastatals were to be suspended, unless supported by approved specific and measurable recovery plans in line with the Remuneration Framework and Public Corporate Governance Law.

Venues earmarked for public hearings include Chikanga Community Hall in Mutare — this afternoon, Vengere Hall in Rusape tomorrow morning and Hope Fay Hotel and Conference Centre in Marondera.

Comments (1)

aiming after shooting.ZANU pf has already failed.they consulted in the drafting of the current constitution,for which credit has to be given to MDC for influencing the outcome. the prevailing situation is,they don't respect the constitution which is the mother of laws. how then can they respect our views with their ill gotten majority? after all, how can they correct a habit? they are a mob of failures. habitual killers.they have literally killed every economic sphere. kubvisa vanhu pambasa kana kuvanyima mari is not the solution.makauraya economy. vana chiyangwa vachiponda companies, such as g&d shoes which were remitting good corporate tax.now they talk of consultations after perfecting in plundery. chinamasa has to publicly announce their tried, tested tasted failure. ngavaenda! the most travelling,but never learning group of plunderers. chii chingabuda MDC pasina. ngavandotamba nevazukuru. zvakatadza. a new government with new insights is the solution.

zero - 12 September 2016

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