Ministers meet on new budget

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SENIOR cabinet ministers are set to meet on Monday to discuss the 2013 national budget as part of Finance minister Tendai Biti’s on-going budget consultations.

Report by Brian Chitemba

The ministers will discuss ways of mobilising resources to fund the new budget.

Biti will present the budget on November 5 and has been on a whirlwind tour of provinces to get input from various stakeholders.

This week, Biti visited Midlands, Bulawayo and Matabeleland South.

He will also meet with bankers and economists in Harare next week to discuss issues raised by various stakeholders during his consultations.

Biti told the Zimbabwe Independent yesterday the main issues raised centred on politics, the economy and elections.

He said increasing elections talk has created a “great sense of anxiety” among most Zimbabweans.

“It is very clear there is a pervasive sense of anxiety about politics and elections across the country. People are anxious about what will happen next, particularly after elections.

People are exhausted by predatory national politics. They say they want peace and stability so that they can move on with their lives,” said Biti.

He said people in Matabeleland frequently raised the issue of devolution even though it is not a budgetary matter. Matabeleland residents believe devolution of power would address the much-talked about marginalisation.

Biti was pleased though people in Matabeleland now showed a sense of unity with other Zimbabweans because he felt before, they exhibited serious alienation and marginalisation.

“I came here for similar consultations before and it almost felt like you were in another country when you arrived here (in Bulawayo) because of the way people felt about their situation,” he said.

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