Articles tagged 'patrick chinamasa'

Govt fails to pay bonuses 21 February 2018 HARARE - Civil servants are fretting over government's delay in paying them their 2017 bonuses, two months into 2018. Civil servants' unions who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said most government workers had given up hope of getting paid their 2017 bonuses, accusing the re-elected Cecilia ...
MPs mull Con-Court challenge over devolution 6 February 2018 HARARE - Legislators have upped pressure against the Executive's plans to scrap a constitutional provision that devolves power to provinces, and are mulling taking the case to the Constitutional Court. In his 2018 National Budget, Finance and Economic Planning minister Patrick Chinamasa, pictu...
'No going back on ECD teachers' 27 January 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa insists government will not back down on its decision not to pay newly-recruited Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers, arguing Treasury cannot afford such expenditure. In his 2018 National Budget, Chinamasa made no provision for ECD learning, s...
Chinamasa slammed for defending Mpofu 25 January 2018 HARARE – Finance  minister Patrick Chinamasa has been hauled to the coals for dismissing corruption allegations being levelled against Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu without giving the politician the opportunity to clear his name. Responding to questions in the National Assembly last week,...
The $15bn diamond saga cannot be wished away 24 January 2018 HARARE - Last week, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa did a pathetic job of defending the indefensible. During debate in the National Assembly on the National Budget, he tried to dismiss former president Robert Mugabe who revealed in a televised interview in February 2016 that diamond revenue...
Govt rubbishes $15bn diamond theft reports 23 January 2018 HARARE - Claims by former president Robert Mugabe that the country lost $15 billion worth of diamond revenue were divorced from the actual facts on the ground, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told the National Assembly last week. Mugabe torched a storm when he claimed in a televised intervi...
Chinamasa stands his ground on Parly budget 22 January 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has rejected calls by lawmakers to have Parliament’s budget increased from $57 million to $100 million saying Treasury had no capacity to do so. Legislators had noted with concern during debate that some critical areas had been allocated insufficient...
MPs to get cars for free 21 January 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa says government will in future give legislators free vehicles during their five-year tenures, departing from the current regime where members of Parliament pay for vehicles through their sitting allowances. This would apparently apply for the ninth P...
Govt seeks investment for doctors' houses 19 January 2018 HARARE - Ministries of Health and Finance are looking to engage private players in the construction of accommodation for medical personnel in all its healthcare institutions. In a joint statement by ministers David Parirenyatwa and Patrick Chinamasa, the government proposes private-public part...
Chinamasa rapped over 2018 budget 18 January 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamnasa was on Tuesday taken to task by parliamentarians for understating the country’s budget deficit and violating the Constitution in many areas of fiscal management. MDC legislator Eddie Cross said the $700 million budget deficit envisaged by Chinamasa ...
'ED must walk the talk on reforms' 13 January 2018 HARARE - European Union Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said the President Emmerson Mnangagwa administration needs to start walking the talk on implementing reforms for the country to open up to investment opportunities. He said without full policy change and implementation of promised reforms, ...
Outrage over mooted constitutional amendment 11 January 2018 HARARE - The country's main opposition parties have reacted angrily to plans by the ruling Zanu PF to use its majority in Parliament to scrap a constitutional provision that devolves powers to provinces. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda, let the cat out of the bag when he beseeched lawmaker...
White farmer fights for lost farm 10 January 2018 BULAWAYO - Figtree farmer, David Connolly who lost his farm to former president Robert Mugabe's top aide, Ray Ndhlukula has questioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa's sincerity on addressing the plight of farmers who lost their land at the height of the land reform programme. In his inauguratio...
Govt directive plunges hospitals into crisis 3 January 2018 HARARE - Public hospitals could be driven towards the brink of closure through the implementation of a long-standing government policy compelling them to offer free treatment to expecting mothers, children under the age of five, and citizens above the age of 65 years. This follows a recent dir...
Minister welcomes sports betting levy 18 December 2017 HARARE - The minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kazembe Kazembe, has expressed gratitude with the introduction of sports betting bookmakers levy by the minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa in his 2018 budget presentation which will go a long way in aiding sports dev...
Zanu PF officials mistakenly chant ousted Mugabe's name 17 December 2017 HARARE - Former president Robert Mugabe’s shadow hung over the Zanu PF’s extra-ordinary congress in the capital on Friday as officials mistakenly chanted praises in his name, although they expelled him. The 37 years of chanting “pamberi naMugabe (forward with Mugabe)” seemed to have been progr...
Zanu PF intent on perpetual rule 17 December 2017 HARARE - When newly re-appointed Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa presented the projected Budget for 2018 he did not mince his words. Paramount in the intentions of government is the embrace of (neo) liberal economics of the free market with a dash of State capitalism also known as “command ...
Govt in a fix over ECD teachers 15 December 2017 HARARE – Government is in a fix over the fate of thousands of Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers churned out by primary teacher-training colleges. This comes in the wake of pronouncements by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa in the national budget that government can no longer afford ...
'Budget targets unrealistic' 14 December 2017 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s budget speech sets a good precedence in terms of policy thrust of reform and economic resuscitation with clear government austerities, international community engagement and clarity on the contentious Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act, but t...
'2018 National Budget bullish, positive' 13 December 2017 HARARE - The 2018 budget is the most bullish and positive budget since 2000, which sets a positive tone towards a new economic order, a leading financial research firm has said. Equity Axis noted that the targets are broadly a tall order but not necessarily a pie in the sky, but achievable. ...
The devil has always been in the implementation 13 December 2017 HARARE – Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa has been on the lips of many after unveiling a 2018 National Budget last week that broke with the ruling party’s tradition. With President Emmerson Mnangagwa having set the tone in his inaugural speech of November 24 by reach...
Chinamasa's snubs IDC's $83m plea 12 December 2017 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick is sticking his guns to reducing government expenditure and streamlining under-performing parastatals after he refused to write-off the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)’s $83 million debt. “The Industrial Development Corporation submitted a request for...
Budget slashes millions from commissions 12 December 2017 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa's 2018 budget dramatically reshapes Constitutional commissions, requiring millions in cuts to mandatory programs to set them on a path for a major overhaul. The $5,1 billion budget rolls back financial allocations, paring back fiscal overheads progra...
Govt decides hospitals renovation plan 10 December 2017 HARARE - Government has decided on a plan of works to restore health centres and major hospitals, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. The government will also construct a number of rural health centres across the country. “The capital expenditure provision of $26,7 million will foc...
'Government can't employ ECD teachers' 10 December 2017 HARARE - Government cannot afford to employ teachers for Early Childhood Development (ECD), Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. “Government recognises the complementary role that parents play in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes. However, the takeover of management and ...