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faces financial woes
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
September 23, 2009
of Zimbabwe is broke and owes service providers more than US$400
000 in unpaid bills, a situation that seriously threatens the current
administration has since engaged Treasury for assistance.
Clerk of Parliament
Mr Austin Zvoma yesterday confirmed the legislature was facing financial
owes more than US$400 000 to service providers. You cannot say we
are broke. Our operations are not based on generating income,"
Mr Zvoma said
Parliament’s demands "far outweighed resource allocation."
He said they
were indebted to service providers such as hotels and Air Zimbabwe.
responsible for the expenses incurred by MPs whenever they are on
official business and these include airfares and other transport
costs, hotel bookings and meals.
paid more than US$10 000 in bills for the Speaker of the House of
Assembly Mr Lovemore Moyo’s stay in the five-star Meikles
Hotel in Harare.
Mr Moyo was
staying in the hotel whenever he came to Harare on official business
after Parliament failed to find him "suitable" accommodation.
now renting a house for him at US$1 800 a month.
problems have affected the constitution-making process and last
week co-chairperson of the constitution select committee Mr Douglas
Mwonzora implored industry to chip in.
not the only institution experiencing financial difficulties as
the Government as a whole continues to face budgetary constraints
which have impacted negatively on key operations.
said Parliament’s woes were a result of inadequate funding
from Treasury since the institution has not not received all the
money allocated in the 2009 national budget.
Tendai Biti set aside US$7 102 200 for Parliament’s operations
in March, but it is understood that less than half of the amount
had been released.
said the financial situation has seen Parliament failing to carry
out some of its urgent business such as portfolio committee meetings.
play an oversight role over the Executive to ensure Government departments
and other public sector organisations stick to their mandates.
Zvoma dismissed these claims, saying the committees were not meeting
because Parliament was not in session.
they are not sitting is because Parliament has adjourned because
the current session has ended," he said. Government’s
budgetary constraints have been largely attributed to the illegal
sanctions imposed on the country by Western nations resulting in
Zimbabwe failing to obtain meaningful lines of credit and economic
aid for the past decade.
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