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Biti slams inclusive govt

Elias Mambo

FINANCE minister Tendai Biti has slammed the coalition government’s continued haggling over economic policies, warning the long-running row could soon stall Zimbabwe’s steady recovery.Biti told the Zimbabwe Independent at the weekend policy differences continued to widen structural fissures within government, tearing apart the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
“There is no collective responsibility in government because some people continue to be partisan on measures adopted to arrest collapse of government operations,” said Biti.
Last week Biti faced a barrage of criticism after his presentation on a catalogue of measures aimed at solving financial problems dogging government.
Biti’s proposals called for sweeping cuts in foreign travel which gobbled US$45 million last year, freezing of civil servants’ salaries, disposing of loss-making government entities and ensuring mining companies in Marange diamond fields remitted revenues to Treasury.
Biti has repeatedly lamented low revenues from diamond, something which has forced him to revise downwards his budget projections.
The minister has also accused Zanu PF of running parallel government directly financing certain state activities with proceeds from diamond sales.
Both President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have been accused of prioritising foreign travel at the expense of funding basic social services.

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