Parliament Boots Out Ministry Of Agriculture Officials
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands and Agriculture, chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor
Wadyajena (Zanu PF), this Thursday booted out officials from the Ministry of Agriculture after they failed to present documents with regards to contracts awarded to different companies for winter wheat programme.
The officials, Remigio Makoni (acting director of procurement) and Peter Mudzamiri (director of finance) had appeared before the portfolio on behalf of Lands and Agriculture secretary John Bhasera who was supposed to give oral evidence on the state of financing and preparedness for the 2020 winter cropping season.
Before dismiss the duo, Wadyajena said:
The information on the contracts that you submitted is insufficient. We ask you to go back and tell your ministry secretary (Bhasera) that we want him here and that he must bring the information on the contracts as Parliament business takes precedence over other business.
It is strongly believed that the Ministry of Agriculture in the past failed to account for funds meant for Command Agriculture programme.
This comes when the country is facing starvation due to El Nino drought and poor agriculture policies in the past two decades.