MPs castigate coalition govt

Staff Writer

LEGISLATORS from across the political divide rapped the coalition government for lacking policy direction and political will to tackle Zimbabwe’s economic malaise        while debating Finance minister Tendai Biti’s mid-term fiscal policy review which proposed austerity measures.Budget and finance portfolio committee chairperson Paddy Zhanda tore into the fiscal policy calling it a half-hearted attempt to address problems while skirting crucial issues for economic recovery, such as communication, infrastructure and provision of strong political and economic leadership to stabilise the economy.
“I think there is no serious commitment on the part of the executive to address the (economic) plight of this country,” said Zhanda.
Zhanda said government had failed to indicate when the country would have adequate energy yet cabinet continues to meet every Tuesday and ministers are in their offices every week day.
MDC-T legislators Webber Chinyadza, Willias Madzimure, Tabitha Khumalo and Felix Sibanda, and Zanu PF’s Simbaneuta Mudarikwa were among MPs who vociferously backed Zhanda.