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Biti urged to scrap CDF


MASVINGO residents have called on government to scrap the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), and to buy fuel-saving vehicles.

Report by Tatenda Chitagu, Own Correspondent

The residents made the demands during the 2013 National Budget stakeholders’ consultative meeting at Masvingo Civic Centre yesterday.

The Paddy Zhanda-led Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance is conducting nationwide stakeholders’ consultations ahead of Finance minister Tendai Biti’s National Budget presentation next month.

“There is need to keep a check on government expenditure. This can be done if government opts for smaller, economical vehicles which consume less fuel. Government should not buy too many luxury cars,” said Mike Chamwadoro, one of the residents.

Another resident, Elvis Murwi, said there was need to do away with the CDF.

“You should scrap CDF in the next budget. It is not serving its purpose. Why are you splashing money on MPs who already get sitting allowances as well as vehicles? We are not happy with that,” he said.
Several MPs are currently under probe for abusing the constituency fund.

In response, Secretary for Finance Willard Manungo, who was standing in for Biti, pledged to factor in the residents’ contributions.

Biti has in the past criticised Cabinet’s numerous foreign trips which he said drained the fiscus.

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