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Legislator urges Mthuli to maintain 2% tax

By Staff Reporter

Shamva South legislator Bramwell Bushu (Zanu PF) has called on Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube to maintain the unpopular 2% tax arguing that the government needs the money to finance its activities.

Speaking in the National Assembly during the Finance Bill Budget Debate, Honourable Bushu said the government has been failing to effectively function due to the inability to generate enough revenues and therefore people must just pay.

“What we are simply saying is, we must pay through taxes.

“We must pay and therefore that 2% is one of the things that I am saying the Minister must maintain until such a time we can crank this system and we crank our revenue-generating system so that we pay for the services that Government must provide for us.

“We are talking about a situation where the Government has been collecting money and some Ministers in the past have actually said that we must eat what we kill. The point is – every Ministry has not received more than 60% of the required disbursement from the 2019 budget. What we are simply saying is that we have not been able to finance that.

“Therefore Minister Sir, if you can continue being creative so that we pay and provide the services that Government would like to provide to our people,” he said.

Honourable Bushu, however, called on Minister Mthuli Ncube to then effectively supervise ministries that will be given the money to avoid abuse.

According to the Auditor-General Report, there have been massive abuses of resources in various ministries and state enterprises.

“We also would like to see a lot of discipline on the part of the Ministry in terms of supervising the various ministries to perform when you have given them the money to use.

“That is very critical and we would like a very high level of accountability in that regard,” he said.

According to Honourable Bushu, the finance minister has a very difficult job of collecting the revenues that can cover the expenditures especially at a time when a lot of people are asking for cuts in taxes and duties among many other things

He said the situation is being made worse by lack of international support in terms of loans, grants and lines of credit.

“There is one thing that is very critical. We are not getting the loans to support expenditure. We are also finding it very difficult – just ourselves to earn enough money to contribute to the expenses that we would like to see service delivery being done by our own Government.

“I would like to encourage the Minister to remain and continue being creative and generate the revenues that are required. If you look at the bids that were given at Victoria Falls by the various ministries, they come to about $104 billion. The Minister had planned for around $28 billion and he stretched himself to round about $61 billion,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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