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Peace Is Important When It Comes To Growth – Mthuli Ncube Defends His Budget Proposal

20 October 2020

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has explained why he has decided on his allocations to security forces and bodies that fight corruption in the government in his 2021 National budget, the Daily News reports.

Ncube said peace is important for growth and where there is no peace investors will not come, Ncube was launching  the 2021 pre-national budget strategy in Harare when he said:

If you don’t have peace in the country you can’t invest, you can’t move around easily or feel safe. It is terrible for doing business. So, peace is very important.

Capacitation of our law enforcement agencies is, therefore, critical —whether it’s the police, the army, whoever it’s … We want to make sure that they are well-resourced.

Ideally, what we need is cantonment. You don’t want your military to be living among civilians as if it’s the norm … So, we will continue doing what we have been doing to make sure peace and cantonment are achieved.

In some cases, when you have a small issue in your house then you … have to offer police transport as the victim. That ought to be a thing of the past.

We want to capacitate our police and deal with corruption and ensure that the agencies tasked to deal with corruption are adequately capacitated, be it the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) or the police. That is a critical element for ease of doing business,

Ncube also made claims that the government aims to maintain a 5% growth until 2030 and said:

We will want to maintain a growth rate average of five percent until the year 2030. If we do that, we will reach upper middle income for sure … there is nothing stopping us from doing this,

Ncube who since he became the Finance Minister has declared surpluses 8 times is yet to do any meaningful reforms that will take Zimbabwe out of an economic pit.

More: Daily News 

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