Honeymoon over for parastatals: Chinamasa

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday told Parliament that government will now be careful in lending money to non-performing State-owned enterprises and parastatals (SEPs) in order to save.

Source: Honeymoon over for parastatals: Chinamasa – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 8, 2017

BY VENERANDA LANGA

The Treasury chief was addressing the National Assembly on the third report of the public accounts committee regarding the findings by the Auditor-General in the 2014 appropriation accounts.

The committee had recommended that the government and Treasury in particular cease spoon-feeding non-performing State entities.

“Government will in future carry out due diligence in lending funds to SEPs. However, there are institutions like the National Railways of Zimbabwe, Hwange Colliery and Air Zimbabwe that are strategic in nature and there are moments when we cannot avoid lending them money especially if they are in difficulties,” Chinamasa said.

He told legislators that he was working on improving the performance of SEPs and local authorities through the Corporate Governance Bill, which is yet to be crafted. The Finance minister lashed out at SEPs’ failure to submit audited reports on time.

On senior government officials, who received equipment from Farmers’ World, Chinamasa said he would adhere to recommendations by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the debts be recovered.

“I agree with the committee that public resources cannot be used to meet obligations of a private matter.
Considerable efforts have been made into chasing the debtors. Treasury has written to the ministry of Agriculture to institute debt recovery,” he said.

On the recommendation by the committee that the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) be disbanded, Chinamasa said he would not do that.

“Government has no intention of dissolving IDBZ because we have, in fact, capitalised the bank and its financial performance is expected to improve. We hired a former deputy of the African Development Bank to head this institution,” he said.

The PAC, led by Mufakose MP, Paurina Mpariwa, had raised a red flag on IDBZ for failing to recover loans amounting to $70,4 million from parastatals dating back to 2010.

Some of the debtors included NRZ ($5 million), Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe ($18,1 million), Zinwa ($7 million), Zinara ($10,3 million) and the Registrar-General’s Office (10,3 million).

Chinamasa told Parliament he would meet with institutions like Zinara that have the capacity to pay to encourage them to do so.

COMMENTS

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    andy 6 months

    All talk, nothing will be done but its too late now anyway as its all going to collapse.

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    Morty Smith 6 months

    Poor Chinamasa. Whichever way he turns he face mountains garbage created by his own party. None of the problems can be solved by a ZANU government. Shame hey?

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    Mukanya 6 months

    Chinamasa!! the talk is CHEAP!!!

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    Chokwadi 6 months

    Poor Chinamasa. The whole ZanuPf team is corrupt and deliberately watch industry collapse because you steal through your Polically appointed CEOS. You are pouring money into the Organisation without holding anyone to account since you follow that same money for your own pockets. Let’s see what will happen to Hwange Colliery Company after pouring in the $115 Million USD. I bet you there will be no turn around but you will retain Thomas Makore and Team because you appointed him for that reason to syphon money at the expense of workers but because Chinamasa and Chidhakwa are also sharing the money you will continue to throw money down the drain. Why are you ZanuPf irresponsible sharks like that??? When are you going to develop the culture of paying workers.

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    Mthwakazi 5 months

    So it has been a honeymoon all along – 37 Years!!! Wooo sham!!!