Ministers and MPs fail to account for constituency funds

The state run Herald newspaper has implicated two cabinet ministers and seven members of parliament in alleged corruption, involving money that was allocated to them under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Public Service Minister Lucia Matibenga
Public Service Minister Lucia Matibenga

According to the report Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga on Wednesday said his ministry had approached the Anti-Corruption Commission and the police to investigate how the money had been used in each of the constituencies.

Government set aside a budget of $8 million for the CDF in 2010 and the money was to be used for development projects by the legislators. Each constituency received $50 000, but some have failed to account for it.

Among them are the Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Sekai Holland, Public Service Minister Lucia Matibenga and Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Douglas Mombeshora.

Minister Matibenga, who is also the MP for Kuwadzana constituency, admitted she had failed to submit documents accounting for the funds she was given before the deadline.

“For all purposes Minister Matinenga is right. But I can confirm that I sent my returns to the ministry on Monday,” Matibenga explained. She told SW Radio Africa that she accounted for nearly $45,000 and the balance is still in the bank account.

Mai Matibenga said Kuwadzana residents know that the money was used to dig eight boreholes and to finish the construction of a clinic, which was started by the council. She added that the delay in accounting was due to time spent dealing with the civil servants’ salaries crisis.

Unfortunately we were not able to contact the other cabinet members named by the Herald.

The list includes Marvelous Khumalo (St Mary's), Peter Chanetsa (Hurungwe North), Edward Chindori-Chininga (Guruve South), Naison Nemadziva (Buhera South), Franco Ndambakuwa (Magunje), Abraham Sithole (Chiredzi East) and Lawrence Mavima (Zvishavane-Runde).

Minister Matinenga reportedly said he had notified the Office of the President and Cabinet and the Prime Minister's Office on the developments. He said an audit of the CDF projects currently underway had completed 65 out of 210 constituencies. SW Radio Africa

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