Kasukuwere must explain

via Kasukuwere must explain  The Fingaz 22 May 2014

LAST week, we were taken by surprise when Parliament barred former empowerment minister, Saviour Kasukuwere from giving an explanation on how he handled controversial community share ownership schemes in Marange. Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma, said since Kasukuwere left the ministry, he no longer had the obligation to explain how he handled issues involving the country’s resources, in this case, diamonds.

The question that arises now is: who should explain how Kasukuwere arrived at the decisions that he made? Why should Parliament force his successor to speak when Kasukuwere is there? Already, there have been conflicting statements coming out of the five diamond mining firms in Marange. They have said they were neither approached about the share ownership trusts, nor did they pledge the US$10 million each that Kasukuwere claimed would come from them.

The whole diamonds affair has not generated the real benefits for the ordinary people who live side by side with the rich fields as they are wallowing in poverty. The State has failed to put in place institutions to ensure that everyone benefits from this God given resource, especially at this time, when the economy is on its knees. On the contrary, Zimbabwe’s diamonds have been bankrolling the expansion of global metropolitans.

This is why we implore Parliament to reconsider its decision on Kasukuwere and recall him to give a full explanation about the goings on in the mines concerned. We say so because the longer it takes for Zimbabwe to be furnished with important answers to the myriad of questions haunting the diamond region of Zimbabwe, the harder it will become for the country to pick up the pieces and right whatever could have been done wrong.

The longer it takes, the richer the politically-connected will become because shadowy deals are usually catalysts to the salting away of wealth to safe havens for their own benefit. The information that Kasukuwere is sitting on is vital, for we need to chart the way forward on how communities in Marange can benefit from diamonds. That is not possible if Parliament just decides to shield ministers from appraising the public about how resources are being managed.

We feel that by blocking Kasukuwere from appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Empowerment, and trying to pass on the duty to his successor, Parliament is making a big mistake. It has failed in its oversight role of making those entrusted with the stewardship of important portfolios accountable. We suspect that through this confusion, those instigating the confusion are protecting their selfish interests.

Once those in power start twisting and massaging facts, looting of absurd proportions follows. There has been a dearth of checks and balances, accountability and oversight in our troubled economy. We take great exception to the fact that by acting in the manner Parliament has done, unaccountable individuals know they can go scot free if they mess up.We cannot create princes in a country that has no monarchy. Even dynasties do not act as they please.

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 6
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    This is not the first time that Austin Zvoma has led Parliament around by the nose, so as to protect a ZANU-PF vested interest. Who is he to have this power? He is not elected. There should be a new Clerk of Parliment, approved by Parliament, after each Parlimental or Presidential election. His job seems to be like that of Chombo or Mudede, merely to frustrate anyone who gets in the way of ZANU-PF. Get rid of him!

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    Simon 8 years ago

    May the whole lot involved in crime rot in hell as deserved.

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    roving ambassador. 8 years ago

    Close that stupid house and let the politi something do what ever it wants.
    Pasi ne Zanu.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Kasukuwere will get what’s coming to him. The man is thick.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Ask OLD MUTUAL, they have investments in the diamond fields, perhaps they could shed some light on this issue…

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    Justice 8 years ago

    Well that’s our parliament, fills one with confidence, no-one accountable for anything!