The Ministry of ICT and Cyber Security was allocated a paltry US$10 million dollars in the 2018 National Budget.
Presenting the budget today, Finance and economic development minister Hon Patrick Chinamasa gave the lion’s ‘shares’ to the Ministries of Primary and Secondary education which got US$905 million, Lands and Agriculture $497 million, Home Affairs $433 million, Defence $420 million, Health $408 million, Higher Education $316 million.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Despite the nonimal amount, ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira commended the Treasury for the amount they got.
“I think the minister is working with what is available. We obviously would have wanted more. But we totally understand the circumstances,” he told Technomag after the budget.
To the ICT ministry, the minister explained that his ministry is more inclined in the money production than money gobbling.
“I think our sector its more attuned to money creation more than money spending. So, I think that we will make do with what’s available,” said Mandiwanzira.
Mandiwanzira with the faith of the biblical mustard seed promised that the ministry will do marvels with the little they received.
“But we will do wonders with what we’ve gotten anyway,” said the ICT minister.
Treasury gave the ICT Ministry US$10 million less compared to last year’s figure of $17 million showing a 48 percent decrease.