|Mangoma risks contempt of Parly charges|
|Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
after he failed to appear before a Senate Thematic Committee three times. Minister Mangoma failed to attend a Thematic Committee on Peace and Security, for the third time yesterday, to explain a number of issues regarding his ministry.
Committee chairperson and Rushinga Senator Damien Mumvuri (Zanu-PF) said they have given Minister Mangoma a last chance to appear before his committee.
The first time he was invited, said Sen Mumvuri, Minister Mangoma said he had already explained the issues before a House of Assembly portfolio committee.
Some of the issues the committee wants to raise with Minister Mangoma had to do with Zesa load-shedding on wheat farmers which the committee said was affecting the country’s food security. Another issue relates to challenges at the Chisumbanje ethanol plant.
They said one way of dealing with hunger was to capacitate the Grain Marketing Board to pay farmers for grain delivered.
Zvimba Senator Virginia Muchenje (Zanu-PF) urged Finance Minister Tendai Biti to provide funds for GMB to enable it to pay for grain delivered by farmers.
“Farmers are now being exposed to private buyers who exploit them by offering uncompetitive payments,” she said.