Cut down on Govt de­parts ex­pen­di­ture, res­i­dents say

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Bianca Mlilo

GOV­ERN­MENT de­part­ments should cut down on ex­pen­di­ture and chan­nel more re­sources to­wards de­vel­op­ment projects that ben­e­fit or­di­nary peo­ple, Bulawayo res­i­dents said yes­ter­day.

Con­tribut­ing dur­ing the 2017 na­tional bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing in the city, res­i­dents told the Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment led by Cde David Chap­fika that “too much” ex­pen­di­ture on salaries and al­lowances was frus­trat­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“We ask the Gov­ern­ment to cut down on the travel ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with its of­fi­cials. The po­lice force and army should also be trimmed and re­cruit­ment frozen,” said Mr Wel­come Moyo, a res­i­dent.

“It is not sus­tain­able to be re­cruit­ing when other de­part­ments such as the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor are un­der­staffed.”

The res­i­dents said cut­ting ex­pen­di­ture would re­sult in sav­ings that will cater for pro­cure­ment of drugs in hos­pi­tals and clin­ics and re­sult in im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery and in­cen­tivised so­cial work.

An­other res­i­dent Mr Muzi­wandile Ncube said min­is­ters and MP’s al­lowances should also be re­duced as well as the num­ber of ve­hi­cles bought for them by the Gov­ern­ment.

“I pro­pose that the Gov­ern­ment puts in place loan re­pay­ment au­dits and check how peo­ple are do­ing with th­ese debts. Th­ese un­paid debts are also rob­bing us of much needed money,” said Mr Ncube.

Mr Al­fred Ncube from the Cen­tre for Pub­lic Re­la­tions said the Gov­ern­ment could save more money by re­mov­ing “ghost work­ers” from its pay­roll and lay­ing off re­dun­dant staff.

“Over 90 per­cent of our na­tional bud­get is gob­bled up by wages and we have less than 10 per­cent of the bud­get spent on de­vel­op­ment. So Gov­ern­ment would do well to lay off work­ers. We could then use th­ese re­sources for the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try,” he said.

The 2017 bud­get, res­i­dents said, should pro­mote ac­count­abil­ity and fa­cil­i­tate growth as well as al­low ac­tiv­i­ties that would at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment. — @Bian­caMlilo

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