The government has reiterated its commitment to reduce expenditure by prioritising vital payments and in the process creating room for more fiscal space.

Responding to a question in Parliament today on why treasury has not purchased vehicles for parliamentarians, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube said there is no hurry to buy vehicles as there are other priority areas for the welfare of citizens.

After being queried on allegations that foreign trips are gobbling millions of taxpayer’s funds, the minister said the government is showing restraint in that area.

Ex-Finance Minister Tendai Biti took Professor Ncube to task for introducing a 2 percent transactional tax but the Minister Ncube described the move as progressive if the country is to achieve a budget balance.

The Minister also acknowledged the difficult and tough decisions that the government needs to take which will achieve long term benefits for all in the attainment of vision 2030.