Parliamentary committee to use summons on Basera

By ZBC Reporter
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement is opting to use the Zimbabwe Republic Police to summon the Permanent Secretary John Basera to appear before it.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Dr John Basera was expected to appear before the Justice Mayor Wadyajena chaired committee this Thursday but did not turn up with no explanation forcing the committee to use the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Responding to questions from journalists after the adjournment, Wadyajena said they agreed to use summons considering that it was not the first time Basera absconded from parliament with an explanation.
“We are going to use summons, that’s the language he will probably understand. This is not the first time that we called him but considering that he decided not to communicate with the committee, we are unleashing the police on him. He is the one who gave us this date and I’m surprised that he decided otherwise,” said Wadyajena.
He said it is all in the interest of the nation for Basera to appear before parliamentary portfolio committee.
“It is about food security, how the Ministry financed the winter cropping season, their targets, and their current assessment considering that we are almost in the middle of the season,” said Wadyajena.
Basera was expected to give oral evidence to the committee regarding progress made in winter cropping season last month but asked for a postponement to today.
Zimbabwe has set a target of 85 000 hectares under irrigated winter wheat this season, with expected national harvest forecast of above 400 000 tonnes.
The target, under the Smart Agriculture Programme, follows years of reduced output that has triggered a deliberate Government drive to finance and improve local wheat production.

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