By Daniel Chigundu
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza has called on Parliament to give them more time while they deal with malpractices and corruption unearthed at the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA).
ZINARA is accused of flouting the country’s tender processes and engaging in activities outside its mandate which are believed to have resulted in the loss of revenue and other prejudices.
The road authority also stands accused of awarding its directors and board members obscene packages and allowances way above the approved rates as well as spending about $25 000 on female workers hairstyles among many other issues.
Appearing before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts, Minister Matiza said work is currently underway through the new ZINARA board to clean the rot adding that it will take time as they are following proper procedures.
“A lot is going on, police is involved in terms of investigations, some members are on bail for such rotten work that has been going on, and when I mentioned the board I am not mentioning in terms of isolated incidents no, it’s a program that they have put in place to ensure financial probity is achieved.
“They gave me a plan which they are going to implement and that plan the results which cannot be overnight but in very a foreseeable future we are going to see the results you want to get, we are doing it in a very organised manner and making sure also that we do follow the required procedures so I think if you give us time so that our system gets some gestation you will be able to see for yourself.
“We are here and I concur with you that fund is important I want to see it moving I am very passionate about it as I am passionate about my work if I don’t look at those areas it means something is misnomer, every day I am working on this issue so I assure you and I am assuring the committee that please give us time, what has been done in 4 months is pretty good as we go further you are going see this thing unravel the results of which all of us will be happy,” he said.
Among its wide range of malpractices ZINARA, was procuring services on behalf of local authorities, buying gym equipment for its bosses, entering into contracts illegally among many other things.