By James Martin
The Public Accounts Portfolio Committee (PAC) says it will be directing the Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda to issue a warrant of arrest for Fertilizers Seed Grain (FSG) managing director Steve Morland for absconding Parliament.
Morland had been invited together with officials from the Ministry of Finance to come and give oral evidence on the money which his company is alleged to have received under the Presidential Input Scheme but in unclear circumstances.
However, both Morland and the Ministry officials failed to appear before the committee a development which did not go down well with the committee.
Briefing the media, Committee chairperson Tendai Biti said “today we were also supposed to receive evidence from a company called FSG. This company has been the recipient of millions and millions of dollars under the Presidential Inputs Scheme.
“They have consciously and deliberately avoided coming to this meeting. We are therefore directing the clerk of Parliament the esteemed Mr Chokuda to issue a warrant of arrest against Mr S Morland the managing director of
this company for defaulting attendance on the 14th of October 2019 and today the 28th of October 2019,” he said
According to Biti, his committee was extremely disappointed that while FSG was quick to avail itself to the Agriculture Committee, it chose not to come to the PAC.
“We are summoning the same company to appear before this committee on the 22nd of November 2019 together with another company that was a recipient of monies under the un-allocated reserves that we are pursuing for 2017 and 2018 including motor vehicle supplier called Croco.
“We are extremely disappointed that while FSG has been quick to avail itself to another committee of parliament namely the Agricultural Committee they have consciously and deliberately avoided coming to this meeting,” he said.
In terms of the Parliamentary Privileges Act, the Clerk of Parliament is permitted to issue a warrant of arrest to any institution or individuals believed to have helpful information regarding Parliament’s work.