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Zimbabwe FM Biti Vows Crackdown on Spendthrift Foreign Travel by Ministers

  • Gibbs Dube

News reports quoted Biti as saying that although foreign travel is restricted due to the shortage of funds, some ministers continue to go on such trips without approval of the Cabine

Members of Zimbabwe's Cabinet have spent some US$30 million over the past six months on what Finance Minister Tendai Biti says have been unnecessary and at times unapproved foreign trips.

News reports quoted Biti as saying that although foreign travel is restricted due to the shortage of funds, some ministers continue to go on such trips without approval of the Cabinet.

Biti has threatened to expose such ministers. He said the government has failed to control such trips leading him to seek the intervention of the three unity government principals in the matter.

Economic commentator Masimba Kuchera told VOA Studio 7 reporter Gibbs Dube that President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara should lead by example as one or another of them is always on such a trip accompanied by a large entourage.

“The unity government principals should desist from going on such trips and also ensure that cabinet ministers who travel outside the country can do so when they have tangible business they can bring to Zimbabweans,” he said.

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