Legislators across the political divide opposed the appointment Mike Ndudzo as the new Auditor General (AG) to replace Mildred Chiri.
MDC-T chief whip, Innocent Gonese, Zvishavane Ngezi MP John Holder (ZANU-PF) and ZANU-PF MP Goodluck Kwaramba rejected Ndudzo’s candidature. Gonese said that Chinamasa had not followed due process by proposing to replace the Auditor General without consulting the Public Accounts Committee (PAC ) in line with section 310 (1) of the constitution which states that the AG is appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.
The AG is secretary to the PAC and we cannot perform without the AG and for the minister to come here with the proposal (to replace the AG) without having consulted PAC with reference to the curriculum vitae of Ndudzo is wrong. We are saying Chinamasa is jumping the gun and we do not want to discuss Ndudzo until he goes before the PAC.
Holder asked why public interviews were not held and said that he suspected foul play and that President Robert Mugabe had been misled into appointing someone with a bad track record. Said Holder:
Why were public interviews not held? I suspect foul play here. Public interviews must be held and public accountants consulted, and President Robert Mugabe must not be misled with false information because his CV might look good but he has a very bad track record on companies like Modzone, the National Railways of Zimbabwe and others which he led.
ZANU-PF MP Goodluck Kwaramba said the PAC preferred to continue working with Chiri as AG.