2020 budget: Education gets biggest allocation

THE four key sectors in the country on Thursday got a combined allocation of ZWL20.91 billion in Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s budget proposal.

Government set aside ZWL6.5 billion to the Health and Child Care ministry. This comes on the backdrop of perennial shortages of equipment and life saving drugs that have crippled the health sector.

To consolidate our achievements in healthcare, l am allocating ZWL6.5 billion to the sector. This will cater for health infrastructure, personnel welfare, medicines, drugs and sundries, among other essential hospital equipment and necessities,” Ncube said.

The education sector got the lion’s share, making it the biggest beneficiary.

Government will, therefore, continue to focus on creating a highly developed human capital base in primary, secondary and tertiary education, and has accordingly allocated the education sector ZWL8.5 billion,” Ncube said.

The Defence ministry, which last year got the biggest slice of the cake was, however, allocated ZWL3.11 billion for the year 2020.

The Treasury boss proposed ZWL2.8 billion to the Home Affairs ministry.