BULAWAYO, Saturday, July 28, 1991 — The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce yesterday expressed dismay that no provision was made in the public sector investment programme for Bulawayo’s urgent water supply needs.
ZNCC president Mr Jim Torondo said this when reacting to the budget presented by the Senior Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Bernard Chidzero, in Parliament on Thursday.
He said he hoped that the situation would be rectified soon.
A spokesman for Peat Marwick Chartered Accountants said his company’s sentiments were not different from those of the general public concerning the critical water situation in the country.
Meanwhile, the president of the Commercial Farmers Union, Mr Allan Burl, said his organisation would be seeking further consultations on the proposed land tax.
He, however, congratulated the Senior Minister on a “confidence building budget, in line with the necessities of the structural adjustment programme”. Particularly noteworthy, said Mr Burl was the reduction in the budget deficit from 10,3 percent to 7,6 percent this financial year.
The chief executive of the Chamber of Mines, Mr Derek Bain, said Dr Chidzero had gone out of his way to improve the financial position of both the employees and companies in this year’s budget.