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Spot fines banned

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Government has banned the police from demanding spot fines from motorists, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said.

Speaking during a question-and-answer session in the Senate yesterday, Tsvangirai said: This issue of spot fines is a matter that was discussed (in Cabinet) and a policy was adopted that there will be no spot fines.

He added it was senseless to have an increased number of roadblocks and an equally increased number of accidents.

Turning to the dualisation of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway, the PM said: In my discussions with the President (Robert Mugabe), we said we dont want to just patch the roads but have dualisation. It may, however, take long because the Development Bank of Africa has withdrawn funding.

He said he was, however, not at liberty to disclose the finer details on the matter.

He also said: Government has set up a Cabinet taskforce on drought mitigation. It must look at how to move grain from the strategic stocks to the areas of need.

On civil servants salaries, Tsvangirai said government was now pinning its hope on generation of additional revenue from diamond sales before it could review them.

We were at a stage where civil servants were taking home literally nothing, but we have progressively improved incomes for civil servants with an additional $100, although we are not satisfied with the levels.

We should at least reach the poverty datum line. If we can get $600 million from diamonds, the salaries will definitely be reviewed, the Premier said.

In an another matter, Tsvangirai expressed concern that nearly 60% of Harare City Councils potable water was lost through leakages.

He said government injected $19 million towards water processing and supply and expected to commit a further $50 million for water treatment and supply to Harare, Chitungwiza and Ruwa.

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