Parly summons GMAZ boss over US$27 million

By ZBC Reporter
PARLIAMENT through the Zimbabwe Republic Police has summoned Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement this Tuesday.
The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) will appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, following receipt of summons served on February 20 at the GMAZ head office.
According to available documents, the summons were served by Assistant Inspector Badza at Alpha Grain and was received by Bianca Mpakairi on behalf of Tafadzwa Musarara.
It is also indicated that recipients refused to sign the summon.
The action by Assistant Inspector Badza came after a letter by Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda to members of the police force.
“You are hereby required and directed by Parliament of Zimbabwe on the sight hereto to summon Mr T Musarara that he appears personally before the portfolio committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement that is enquiring into support services by the Government of Zimbabwe to grain and wheat and Millers and the financing of Silo repairs.
The oral evidence session will be held in the senate chambers on the day of the 25 February 2020 at ten o’clock in the morning,” reads the letter.
This has set the tone for an explosive parliamentary committee as GMAZ has refused to appear before the committee on four occasions citing irregularities.
At one instance, GMAZ sent its lawyers instead.
According to documents from the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe, GMAZ received US$27 million for grain and wheat importation which is the main reason why the portfolio committee is interested.
GMAZ claims they rehabilitated the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) silos, claims which GMB executives have denied before the same committee last year.
GMAZ also highlighted they prefer to appear before the Public Accounts committee which the Wadyajena led committee disputed.