Cabinet set to review vehicle import ban

CABINET may soon review the Statutory Instrument that bans importation of left-hand drive vehicles and second-hand cars more than five years old.

The ban is effective from March 31 2011 and by 2015, left-hand drive vehicles should be off the roads.
The review of the ban was revealed by deputy prime-minister Arthur Mutambara this week when he was responding to a question in parliament from Mutare South MP Fred Kanzama on whether the government had consulted the public before proclaiming Statutory Instrument 154 of 2010.  
“The cabinet would meet with the minister to discuss the matter. As a government we need to apply our minds before major policy announcements and to review if we should amend the instrument if necessary,” Mutambara said.
He added that the inclusive government was facing a number of weaknesses, especially around policy inconsistency and instability.
“This government faces challenges in the public perception,” he said. “We are struggling to access finance. We have lots of policy inconsistency and there is
instability in the inclusive government. We do not need to send mixed signals out there. We must apply our minds before announcing a policy. We must stay the course and walk
the course of our decisions,” he added.
The deputy premier also said government had set up a cabinet committee to inquire into what drives inflation and work on the harmonisation of all government workers’ salaries. He was responding to a question by Zvishavane MP Obert Matshalaga on whether government had a policy on incomes and salaries for its employees.
“We have to harmonise salaries in the government, quasi-government enterprises, parastatals and local government (councils). To that end we have created a cabinet committee working on cost-drivers and to harmonise salaries. What is happening in parastatals and local government authorities is unacceptable. There should be justice and equity in salaries of all government employees,” Mutambara said.
On the other hand, Minister of Public Service Eliphas Mukonoweshuro said the Public Service Human Resources Audit preliminary report would be ready by next week. This was in response to a question by Silobela MP Anadi Silulu on when the audit report would be available.
“The payroll and skills audit took a long time. We had to build a central human resources depository and this took six to eight months to complete,” Mukonoweshuro said. This was completed in December 2009. I am, however, happy to announce that Ernst & Young (India) –– consultants engaged for the audit –– have promised to deliver a preliminary report by  next week.”

 

Paidamoyo Muzulu

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