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Zimbabwe govt notorious for over spending - senator Mwonzora

by Stephen Jakes
17 Oct 2018 at 06:39hrs | Views
MDC Alliance senator and secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has said Zimbabwean government of Zanu PF is notorious for over spending year in year out.

 Speaking in parliament Mwonzora said the Zimbabwean Government is notorious for overspending and  Year-in, year-out, Minister of Finance comes with a supplementary budget every time.

"We are known for overspending. We are overspending but there is no devolution. So, why should we blame overspending on devolution which is not there? Devolution will lead to the creation of wealth. Fourth and last argument that is false is that devolution cannot be implemented in the absence of an enabling legislation. We have already argued that the Constitution is a law itself and can be implemented," he said.

"However, in this argument the Government of Zimbabwe is relying on its own inefficiency and sluggishness. How can it take a country like Zimbabwe five years to craft a law as simple as devolution law? In conclusion Mr. President, it is difficult to truly unite Zimbabweans without devolution. Devolution is the answer to the resentment and hatred generated by tribal domination. Why is the Chiadzwa area which is arguably one of the richest pieces of land in the world the home of the world's most poor and miserable people?"

He posed  questions,  Why is Lupane sitting on huge gas deposits among the poorest and most deprived communities on earth? Why are the people of Mutoko whose granite is exported to many a capital in Europe among the people in the world?  and Why are the Tonga people in the Zambezi Basin who over the centuries traversed that Zambezi Basin denied fishing rights in the Zambezi and are instead treated as common criminals and poachers in their own land?

"Why are the people of Midlands wallowing in poverty with all the great deposits of gold, chrome, iron ore, asbestos and diamonds?  I see my leader Hon. Josiah Hungwe is there and I pose this question through you Mr. President rhetorically to him.  Why do Masvingo communities live in poverty with so many minerals and other resources in that province?  The answer Mr. President to these sad questions is devolution; we must have devolution of power," he said.

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