Legislators Demand Transparency On And Results Of "Mega Deals"
Zimbabwe’s opposition legislators have demanded that the executive arm of government be transparent on international treaties and mega deals signed on behalf of the country.
This came out during a debate on the Second Reading Stage of the International Treaties Bill (HB10 2019) which sailed through before the House adjourned in March over coronavirus.
Contributing during the debate on the Bill back then, Mutasa South and MDC legislator Regai Tsunga said:
Parliament has been systematically sidelined by the Executive in its consideration of international conventions, treaties and agreements, and this haphazard, unsystematic, unco-ordinated, opaque and arbitrary approach does not pass the test of transparency and accountability in terms of how these treaties are eventually signed and agreed upon.
We have seen the Executive signing mega deals and coming to make pronouncements, which pronouncements are just made prior to Parliament, having seen those treaties and the result has been that we have not seen anything happening on the ground other than the pronouncements of the mega deals.
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President Mnangagwa has since his rise to power reportedly signed mega-deals worth around US$15 billion and his critics say there is nothing to suggest the deals even exist.
They also assert that the so-called deals could be detrimental to the state hence the need for transparency.