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Mliswa Demands Parliament Respond To Corruption Allegations | Full Statement

The chairperson of the Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC), Temba Mliswa, has demanded that Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) summons the Administration of Parliament to explain corruption allegations raised against it in the Auditor General’s report as well as in the procurement of laptops and desktops.

This comes after a US$9 000/Laptop tender that was awarded by Parliament to Blinart Investments in August torched a storm on social media over the weekend.

In a statement, Mliswa raised a number of issues which he said the Legislative arm of the government has to answer. Reads the statement:

Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) would like to overtly express its discontentment with the corruption allegations that are being levelled against the Legislature, firstly in the Auditor General’s report and secondly in the botched procurement of the 173 laptops and 79 Desktops through Blinart Investments and Mid-End Computers and Hardware.

The explanation by Parliament in its so-called Press Statement does not answer the pertinent question, why was the tender initially awarded to the two blacklisted companies on 26 August 2022 if it was cancelled on 9 August 2022, as Parliament claims in its Press Statement?

Firstly, where is the document that is purported to have cancelled the tender? Secondly, why did the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development have to write to Parliament on 14 September 2022 blacklisting the two companies and stating that their bids are heavily inflated if Parliament had cancelled the same tender?

These are the sort of questions that Parliament must clarify before the Public Accounts Committee.

As if this is not enough, there are also allegations of failure to carry out due diligence by the current Director of Public Relations, one Farai Nicholas Makubaza at the time he was under the employment of the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, where the said Ministry is said to have been prejudiced in the sum of ZWL 32 000 000.00 by Solution Motors fronted by its Director, one Patrick Siyawamwaya.

Siyawamwaya was ostensibly cleared by Chief Magistrate Faith Mushure after she ruled that the State had failed to prove its case of fraud against the accused.

The same Magistrate makes interesting comments about the three state witnesses namely, current Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana, Nyasha Bwirire and Farai Makubaza.

Parliament needs to act on such omissions or commissions which smack of sly underhand dealings, which APNAC is up in arms against.

As APNAC, we call upon the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to summon the Administration of Parliament, so that it explains itself on these allegations of corruption.

There is no one who is above the law and as such there should be “no sacred cows.” Parliament should have its day at the PAC.

Corruption is repugnant and obnoxious, corruption robs us all.

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