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                  Raidza (centre) and his committee colleagues during proceedings

Shingirai Vambe

HARARE - Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) board members led by Michael Madanha on Monday came to parliament unprepared to answer questions from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts.
The board members were expected to give oral evidence to the committee on the 2016-2017 adverse report by the Auditor General. They, however, angered parliamentarians by failing to answer questions from the committee.
Initially, the board members must have presented itself before parliament on Monday, May 06, but they did not go due to other reasons.
With MDC Harare East MP Tendai Biti being absent, the committee was chaired by Zanu PF Mberengwa East MP Marko Raidza who then asked the team to return on May 20 after they failed to respond to issues raised.
This angered many other MPs who felt that parliament was being taken for granted.
“They should go back and read the report then present the case before this parliament,” said MDC Harare North MP Rusty Markham.
Madanha, who is a Zanu PF member and former Transport deputy minister, became Zinara board chairperson in January after the dissolution of the previous board in October 2018.
Responding to other questions that were raised during the abortive session, Madanha said the board was only three months old and had not had ample time to study the AG’s report.
MPs, however, accused the board of disrespecting parliament’s business and wasting taxpayers’ resources by trivializing the house which uses public resources to organise a session.
Zinara is currently embroiled in corruption scandals, with executives accused of milking the State-owned company of millions of dollars for personal use.

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