By Own Correspondent
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has accused the Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda of deliberately delaying in releasing the investigation report on legislators who were accused of asking for a facilitation bribe from an investor.
The legislators, Temba Mliswa (Norton), Leonard Chikomba (Gokwe-Kabuyuni), Anele Ndebele (Magwegwe) and Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Binga North) are said to have asked JRG (Pvt) to pay them US$400 000 in November 2018 for them to facilitate a mining licence for the firm at Hwange.
Parliament went on to set up a Privileges Committee to investigate the matter and the committee held public meetings to hear evidence in April but up to now, the report is yet to be presented to the House as is expected.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Mliswa said he is aware that the report is done and the delay in releasing it is only serving to affect him as an international business person.
“Thank you, Mr Speaker Sir, it is for the umpteenth time that I rise to bring to your attention, the Committee which was appointed by Parliament to investigate us. The last time that you were not here, we were informed that you had the mandate of reporting to this House on the findings.
“I personally am an international business person in my own right and the fact that it (report) has been with your Office for a long time certainly has not assisted me in the business that I want to do.
“We were labelled as being corrupt and I think it is important that it is cleared. We have reputations to also protect and these are the very same reputations that enable us to do business. So I do not know how long it would take for that to be announced,” he said.
However, in his response, the Speaker of the National Assembly Honourable Mudenda refuted claims that he was sitting on the report adding that he has no basis of doing.
“The first question of clarification is that you need to disabuse of the notion that I hold onto the report of the Privileges Committee – I have no basis to do that in terms of the Constitution and Standing Orders.
“The report is with the Chairperson who I have advised as per your concern that now that they have indicated that they have finished the report, it must be tabled here in the House.
“The report has been completed. Honourable Senator Chief Charumbira (Fortune) is currently away on Pan African Parliament (PAP) business and as soon as he is back – we shall urge him to table that report,” he said.