New Twist To Sakunda's USD$3 Billion Command Agriculture Saga
The Permanent Secretary, George Guvamatanga in the Ministry of Finance and Development, George Guvamatanga has claimed that only US$900 million was paid to Sakunda for the Command Agriculture programme since its inception.
His remarks are in sharp contrast with reports by the Tendai Biti-led Public Accounts Committee which suggested that over US$3 billion was paid to Sakunda Holdings to fund the scheme.
Speaking to ZBC in an online interview, Guvamatanga said:
Under my watch, I came in when there was an outstanding amount to Sakunda of $170 million which I signed off. The total for command wheat, maize, and soya since its inception 2016 to the 2018-2019 agricultural season, only $900 million has been paid. For people to come here and brand this programme with figures around $1 billion $2 billion and $3 billion being thrown around, I don’t know where they get these numbers. Since its inception, not more than $1 billion has been disbursed towards the traditional command agriculture.
Meanwhile, a forensic audit for the scheme is expected after Parliament said that an audit was necessary in order to regain public confidence in the programme.
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The audit will drag in the programme runners, Sakunda Holdings which is owned by business mogul, Kuda Tagwirei who is reported to be President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally.
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