Parly environment committee irked by treasury late disbursement of funds

By Nhau Mangirazi
VIC FALLS- Government must avoid delays in disbursing promised allocations from treasury as this is negatively hampering effective operations and implementation of line ministry programs derailing development including environment, tourism and hospitality industry.
According to a parliament portfolio committee on environment, tourism and hospitality this will have long term effects to turn around the economy.
Presenting a pre-budget review ahead of 2020 adoption in the resort town of Victoria Falls parliament portfolio committee chairperson Hon Concilia Masuku-Chinanzvavana said there were no fund accounts with retentions in the ministry but were ‘relying on’ voted funds.
“All in all, the ministry suffers from none and late disbursement of promised allocations of funds. The resource allocation does not take into account and consideration the inflationary pressure on the budget,”
However, the committee recommended that there is need for strategic goals to be pursued in the forth-coming budget.
‘There is need for close monitoring and evaluation of environment and natural resources programs and projects. This must embrace implementation of multilateral environment agreements as well as researches on environmental issues affecting the nation,’
Masuku-Chinanzvavana who is Proportional Represenative member of Parliament for Zvimba said there is need for sustainable land, wildlife forest management as well as catering for pollution management.
The parliament committee suggested that this can only be achieved through capacity building of workers and stakeholders,
‘There is need for environment public awareness, education and training, We need to harness tourism development through promotion by marketing where we have bilateral and multi- lateral cooperation,’ noted the committee.
It further advised Government to seriously consider both domestic and international tourism as devolution takes shape.
‘There is need for active participation in devolution to promote tourism sector,’ noted the committee.
Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube is expected to present his annual budget on Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty as the local currency continues to lose value on black market as inflation surges forcing hikes in basic commodities prices.