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HARARE, Dec 9 — The Parliament of Zimbabwe has bemoaned the inadequate resources it has been allocated in the 2015 national Budget which it says will impact on the execution of its mandate.

Parliament submitted a bid for 46 million US dollars, excluding salaries, but was only allocated 19 million, which includes wages.

Senate President Edna Madzongwe told legislators during a post-budget seminar here Monday that the allocation was disheartening. “What can we do with such a paltry amount of money?” she asked. “That is totally unacceptable and we have to engage Treasury.”

After taking into account all the expenses, Madzongwe said Parliament would be left with only 1.9 million USD to execute its mandate for the whole of next year.

Madzongwe said Parliament appreciated that the government was facing budget challenges but said” “We must be allocated more resources so we can properly discharge our duties.”

Some legislators expressed doubt that the government would even be able to disburse the allocated funds to the legislature. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa presented a 4.1 billion USD 2015 national Budget towards the end of last month.

The budget allocation largely remained unchanged from last year as the government struggles to meet its financial requirements due to shrinking revenues. This has resulted in authorities failing to meet the funding needs of most of its departments, including Parliament.

The government owes current and former legislators amounts running into millions of dollars in unpaid allowances.

Madzongwe said the government “must be smarter” in its allocations and use of funds given the resources constraints.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, urged legislators to continue playing their oversight role to ensure that the government delivered on its mandate to improve the lives of the majority.

Mudenda said there was need for a change of stakeholder attitude for the country to turn around its fortunes. “We have this ‘not in a hurry attitude’ and this is a problem,” he said.

“As long as we, as a country, do not have the zeal to work to change things, then nothing is going to change.”

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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