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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.

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