The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has reminded legislators that it is their duty to make sure that funds mobilised to fight the coronavirus pandemic are fully accounted for.
He made the remarks while officially opening the Liaison and Coordination Committee retreat this Friday in Bulawayo. Mudenda said:
Parliament business was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic while the pandemic has also affected economies globally.
Parliament still has a role to play in coming up with mitigatory measures of the devastating pandemic. You are also expected to call for accountability for the mobilised finances and resource materials for the Covid-19 pandemic.
His remarks come when there are reports suggesting that some government officials and departments abused funds meant for fighting the pandemic.
Some government officials were reportedly demanding COVID-19 allowances while some authorised illogical deals which saw the country losing millions of dollars.
George Guvamatanga, the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Health Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo are some of the government officials implicated in shady deals that robbed the country of the COVID-19 funds.
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