MDC vice national chairperson and former Finance Minister Tendai Biti have condemned Mthuli Ncube for travelling out of the country while the country is experiencing ever-deepening economic challenges. Ncube is the current Minister of Finance and Economic Development and has travelled to the United States of America.
While debating the 2019 budget in Parliament on Thursday, Biti said
I am concerned the minister of Finance and Economic Development has taken leave of the country during the week that Parliament is debating the country’s most important fiscal instrument (the budget).
They are not even bothered to respect us by ensuring that officials from the Finance Ministry are actually in the House to listen to what we Honourable Members are saying.
Speaker; that a minister of Finance and Economic Development takes leave of absence when the budget is being debated is not acceptable. It is not good enough and we as Parliament must reject that.
MDC Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala concurred with Biti’s sentiments. Sikhala said
We are expecting our ministers to be present. Today, we only have the Leader of the House and a Minister of State who in terms of the Constitution cannot answer questions from members of parliament.
Why are ministers not taking parliamentary business seriously? The leader of the House cannot answer all the concerns of MPs.
Several MPs have raised this concern and it seems ministers are not taking parliamentary business seriously.
Who are we going to ask questions today because the front bench is empty?
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