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MPs threaten to sink 2018 budget

By Blessings Mashaya

Legislators across the political divide have threatened the sink the 2018 National budget if they don’t get a five-fold increase in their allowances.

President Robert Mugabe opening second session of the 8th Parliament (Picture by NewsDay)
President Robert Mugabe opening second session of the 8th Parliament (Picture by NewsDay)

They said they will hold assent to the two Money Bills that be tabled by Finance minister Ignatius Chombo until their sitting allowance allocation has been increased from the present $16m to $100m.

After a budget has been presented to the National Assembly, two money Bills have to be passed by Parliament: an Appropriation Bill, which gives legal force to the estimates of expenditure and a Finance Billl — which makes legal provision for changes in collection of revenue such as taxes, custom duties under this year’s national budget.

“We want to have a budget of nothing less than $100 million for Parliament,” Chegutu West Zanu PF MP Dexter Nduna said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

“If we do not get that money, it is my thinking and a lot of other members’ thinking that let us not pass the budget, and chances are we might get dissolved. If we get dissolved it is just before Parliamentary elections anyway.”

Parliament can be dissolved if the National Assembly “unreasonably” refuses to pass an Appropriation Bill (a budget bill).

This comes as President Robert Mugabe is reportedly mulling a move to exploit a lacuna in the law to proclaim an early general election next year.

MDC MP for Nkayi South Abednico Bhebhe said Parliament must demand the allowances ramp up from Chombo.

“If the budget of Zimbabwe for instance is $5 billion, if we are saying Parliament should get 15 percent of $5 billion, let that budget come in and be passed in Parliament in conformity that we are getting our percentage that we are going to run ourselves as Parliament.

“We are not children that you want to lie to us that because you want us to pass a budget you want to say okay, come end of October, you are going to get your allowance.” Daily News

  • big

    There it is!!! As has become the CULTURE in Zimbabwe, everybody, including the PARLIAMENTARIANS IN OPPOSITION PARTIES is now in it for SELF INTEREST, that is, to earn a living, get rich etc. With the way the Zim economy is diving, how can a sane opposition parliamentarian make such demands?

    • Chimbwido

      For your own information Dexter nduna is a ZanuPoo MP, unless you want us to understand that ZanuPoo is the opposition by virtue of stealing legitimate elections from MDC

  • Not even one of our current leaders cares about doing their jobs. Why do you think of being when everyone knows

  • Being paid for cluelessness

  • They are not doing their jobs,period. You should be paid according to yr performances

  • No wonder why our country never develops.
    With such glutinous parliamentarians, the general populace will continue to wallow in poverty while our leaders leave large.

  • sarah Mahoka

    It would have been wonderful if they showed the same enthusiasm for matters involving the nation. This is their personal allowances,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • mapuwei madzihwa

      I`m with u guys .U shud ask 2 million and Zim will never sink.
      I`m not saying it`s gud asi what about who is not working who have houses mansions around the world.Mugabe family used the little the number of planes to go shopping and his two boys buying a bottle of doro for $300 per/bottle.All I can say now the whole government( hurumende ) shud b send home like what happen to Mutasa

  • These motherfuckers are savages. A broad of vipers, sons of lucifer, without remorse or sympathay about how our fellowmen are suffering. Enjoying squabbling and snoterlising our taxes. Mhata dzevanhu.

  • wilbert

    Legislators across the political divide have threatened to sink the 2018 National Budget if they don’t get a five-fold increase in their allowances.

    These men and women’s greed knows no bounds; the country is in a serious economic mess, they are supposed to solve the country’s problems but they are making a bad situation worse. So why the nation would want to reward them with a five-fold allowance increase when all they have ever done is drag the nation deeper and deeper into this hell-on-earth beggars belief!

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