y budget last week.
Mumbengegwi said the Finance Bill would amend clauses of the Finance Act that fixed rates of tax, duty, levy and other charges so that these could be altered through Statutory Instruments when appropriate instead of waiting until Parliament ratified them. The bill would also allow adjustment of the minimum taxable incomes.
The Bill also seeks to allow ministries to draw funds allocated in the supplementary budget from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Mumbengegwi said apart from benefiting workers, measures contained in the budget were also meant to stimulate production.
“Once we stimulate production, our economy would be on the road to recovery,”
Some minister and senators accused Mumbengegwi of allocating less money to “important ministries”.
An analysis of budget statistics shows that government was living beyond its means as recurrent expenditure was greater than current tax revenue.
In principle, recurrent expenditure should be entirely financed from current revenue and any deficit to be reported would have been incurred through expenditure on capital projects.
Movement for Democratic Change Secretary General, Tendai Biti, said government’s claim that the supplementary budget would not exceed the original Budget presented in December 2006 by 800%, betrayed a “fundamental lack of elementary understanding of the nuts and bolts of economics”.
“Even more importantly, it exposes the fact that the regime has no control
over this failing economy and worse still, that they do not care,’ said Biti. – Own Correspondent
THE Finance and Appropriation Bills 2007 passed through Senate without amendment and is now awaiting President Robert Mugabe's signature.
If passed, the Bill will give effect to the fiscal measures announced by Finance Minister Samuel Mumbengegwi in his mid-term fiscal policy and supplementar