Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology chairperson, Nelson Chamisa, yesterday warned ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira against interfering with the committee's processes by querying why suspended NetOne chief executive officer,Reward Kangai had been called to give oral evidence.
In a statement, Mandiwanzira insinuated the committee was trying to pre-empt the auditors by inviting Kangai to give oral evidence,
“I am aware that the Parliament hearing and other activities that I have ignored are meant to pre-empt the audit report and intimidate the auditor. These cheap efforts shall not succeed."
But Chamisa warned such utterances by Mandiwanzira might constitute contempt of Parliament,
“The minister is the one who came to Parliament and raised these issues about Megawatt and Bopela (Group of Companies) and that is why we invited Kangai. In fact, the minister’s conduct is now bordering on contempt of Parliament because he cannot veto committee hearings and cannot supervise Parliament. It is Parliament that supervises the minister because he has to account to the public. The minister will have his day and, for now, he must not try to intimidate the committee.”
Mabvuku-Tafara MP, James Maridadi (MDC-T) yesterday raised Mandiwanzira’s statement in parliament, saying it constituted contempt of Parliament, but Deputy Speaker Mabel Chinomona ignored the point of order.
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