The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement’s quest for accountability in the operations of the Grain Marketing Board began this Tuesday (today) with the committee quizzing the management on how it utilised funds that supposedly came from the Grain Millers Association (GMAZ) for refurbishment of silos.
GMAZ led by Tafadzwa Musarara, is believed to have claimed that it gave GMB $9 million for the refurbishment of the silos while threatening to withhold a further $35 million disbursement until they are furnished with an audit report of how the initial amount was used.
As it turned out, there was never a loan or any financial arrangement between GMB and GMAZ.
What got the committee, chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Honourable Justice Mayor Wadyajena, worried was how an association would fund a parastatal while concerns were also raised about the manner in which GMAZ allegedly instructs GMB not to deal with certain errant millers.
Meanwhile, Parliament has resumed sitting after a month-long break for the Independence Day and Easter holidays, with the tripartite negotiating forum bill being read for the second time in Parliament.
In its report of findings from the public hearings held countrywide recently, the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare said Zimbabweans are eager for the informal sector to be represented on the tripartite negotiating forum.