Zim Parliament Faces Critical Shortage Of Funds

Addressing a Parliament and Coordination Committee Retreat in Bulawayo on Thursday Zvoma said lack of funding has seen most parliament business failing to take place this year.

“We are facing critical shortage of funds at the moment .The lack of finance has compromised capacity building and enhancement of parliament. I am having fights with some parliamentary portfolio committee chairpersons who are even accusing me of sitting on money which is not there,” said Zvoma.

The Zimbabwe Parliament resumes sitting last week . The Parliamentarians had gone on recess to concentrate on the constitution making process.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai last month said he will ensure that all cabinet ministers will attend Question and Answer sessions in parliament. The premier also said he will take time to answer questions from parliamentarians on government business and policy issues.

Zvoma also said “the parliament portfolio  committee  on mines will  visit  Chiadzwa  diamonds very soon  after getting   a clearance  from The  Mines  Ministry, Home Affairs Ministry   and  the  police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri.”

In April this year the Mines Ministry barred the  parliamentary portfolio committee on mines  and energy team from touring the Chiadzwa diamond fields in Marange. The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy was scheduled to visit was cancelled after Mines Minister Obert Mpofu and his Permanent Secretary, Thankful Musukutwa refused to grant them clearance.

The barring of the committee had reportedly irked individual members, who believe Mpofu is blocking them on baseless fears that the committee could be on a witch-hunt to embarrass him.