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Roundup Bulletin No. 11 - 2013
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
June 05, 2013
resumed its sittings yesterday after a two-week break. The House
of Assembly debated two reports on local government authorities
and the status of major dam projects presented in the House by Hon.
Lynette Karenyi (Chairperson of the Local Government Portfolio Committee)
and Hon. Webber Chinyadza (Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee),
respectively. The Senate failed to transact business due to failure
by Ministers to attend yesterday’s sitting.
on the Special Report on Local Authorities
The Chairperson of the
Portfolio Committee on Local Government presented the Committee’s
Special Report on Local Authorities. The Report is based on evidence
presented to the Committee by the Minister of Local Government Rural
and Urban Development Dr. Ignatius Morgan Chiminya Chombo. The Committee
had wanted the Minister to apprise it on the Mayors and Councillors
that he had dismissed from office.
Hon. Karenyi informed
the House that the Minister of Local Government and Urban Development
told the Committee that he dismissed the Mayors and Councillors
in question for corruption and maladministration.
Karenyi said the Committee’s investigations revealed that
all the dismissed Mayors and Councillors belonged to the MDC, a
clear indication that they were dismissed for political reasons.
She further noted that even those Councillors who were absolved
by the High Court of any wrong doing were not reinstated. Hon. Karenyi
also accused the Minister of abusing the provision of the Urban
Councils Act relating to the appointment of Special Interest
Councillors. She said all the Councillors appointed through this
manner were ZANU PF officials. [Electronic Copy of the Report is
available on Request]
on the Public Accounts Committee Report on Major Dam Projects
The Chairperson of the
Public Accounts Committee, Hon. Webber Chinyadza presented the Committee’s
report on the status of major dam projects. He indicated that his
Committee’s report was based on the Value for Money Audit
Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C and A G) on the
Management of Dam Construction and Water Supply Projects by the
Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).
Hon. Chinyadza informed
the House that between 2004 and 2009, ZINWA was managing 14 dam
projects. At the time of audit, all the projects had exceeded their
target completion dates by periods ranging from one to six years
and only three were near completion namely: Matezva, 99%; Bubi Lupane,
65% and Tokwe Mukorsi, 60%. The rest were still between zero and
40% in terms of progress made.
delays in completing these projects to a wide range of reasons some
of which were; lack of prioritization of projects, awarding of jobs
to incompetent contractors, delays in paying contractors and shortages
of technical staff to monitor project implementation. This resulted
in increases in costs of projects arising from interests from outstanding
certificates, stand in time for machinery and rising costs of required
inputs. Thus the Committee recommended that government should concentrate
on projects that can be completed with the resources available within
a given time frame. Projects of national priority but without adequate
funding should be considered under other financing options such
as Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Build, Operate and Transfer
(BOT) and Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT). [Electronic Copy
of the Report is available on Request]
As indicated above, the
Senate failed to conduct its business yesterday as Ministers whose
business was before the Senate were not in the House to introduce
their motions; namely, the Minister of Finance Hon. Tendai Biti
and the Minister of Energy and Power Development Hon. Elton Mangoma
and the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, Hon. Shepherd
before the Senate yesterday related to the second reading of the
Micro-Finance Bill, the Securities
Amendment Bill, the ratification of the International Renewable
Energy Agency (Statute of IRENA) and adverse reports on the Zimbabwe
Youth Council (General) Regulations 2013, Statutory Instrument No.
25 of 2013 – Mangwe Rural District Council (Sand Extraction)
and the Statutory Instrument No 29 of 2013 – Mining (General)
(Amendment) Regulations, 2013.
Failure by Ministers
to attend yesterday’s sitting prompted the President of the
Senate to take a swipe at the absent Ministers and appealed to them
to take parliamentary business seriously.
Both Houses are sitting
today. The highlight of the House of Assembly plenary business today
is the Prime Minister’s Question and Answer Session.
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