Parly to force corruption probe

Parliament will instigate the investigation and prosecution of public office bearers involved in underhand dealings.

Bernard Manyenyeni
Bernard Manyenyeni

The chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Local Government, Irene Zindi, said it was the committee’s duty to safeguard the public interest. Therefore Harare City Council would soon be summoned to give evidence to her committee about allegations concerning misuse of the $144 million Chinese loan facility for water and sewerage reticulation.

“We will then come up with recommendations and if need arises, we can recommend investigations and prosecution,” said Zindi.

Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni last week told a council meeting that 50 vehicles, including Land and Range Rovers had been bought using $20 million from funds acquired in 2010 from the China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation to refurbish water and sewage treatment plants.

“We hope that should investigations be recommended, there will not be individuals who will derail and divert the whole process and they will assist us in our task to ensure transparency and accountability on how council is using public funds,” said Manyenyeni.

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