MDC-T MP urges Govt to remove civil servants’ allowances to reduce expenditure

Making a contribution on Tuesday, during a debate on the recently presented 2016 annual budget review and the 2017 economic outlook statement by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Bulawayo MP Eddie Cross suggested that Government could cut its expenditure by cancelling allowances for civil servants.

Said Cross:


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Mr Speaker, that could be achieved quite easily by simply cancelling allowances for civil servants. In fact, if we cancel the allowances for civil servants we could increase salaries. The reality is that allowances are not taxed, and salaries are. This could increase the tax revenue to the State and it would bring our expenditure on personnel down below the threshold of 60 percent.

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Eddie CrossPatrick ChinamasaBulawayo

Edward Graham Cross (born 1940) is a prominent Zimbabwean economist and politician. He is a former member of parliament for Bulawayo South. He was also a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T). Following the Military Coup in November 2017, Cross became a... Read More About Eddie Cross

Patrick Anthony Chinamasa is a Zimbabwean politician and a member of Zanu-PF. He is the former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. He was reappointed to the ministry after President Emmerson Mnangagwa had appointed his cabinet in November 2017. Chinamasa is former Minister of Cyber... Read More About Patrick Chinamasa

Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and it is 439km from the capital, Harare, 111 km from the Botswana border, and on the line of rail via Victoria Falls to Zambia and the copperbelt. Its location was the home of the last Matabele (Ndebele) king,... Read More About Bulawayo

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MDC-T MP urges Govt to remove civil servants’ allowances to reduce expenditure