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The combined efforts of both the ruling Zanu PF party and opposition legislators are necessary to stamp out a culture of non-accountability and corruption which has become entrenched in Zimbabwe's government ministries and departments, Parliament was told Tuesday.

This was stated by Nelson Chamisa, a member of Parliament from the opposition MDC-T party, when debating the first report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings of the Auditor

General on the 2014 and 2015 Appropriation Accounts for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Chamisa said it had become routine for Ministers to ignore serious issues raised through Parliamentary Committee reports and those in the Auditor General's reports, especially those to do with corruption.

He said it was mandatory for Ministers to come to Parliament and respond to reports within 10 sitting days, but this was not being done.

"We have become a lapdog of government, we must move away from just waiting while resources are being plundered. This is what is killing ZimAsset, this is what is killing the economy, this is what is killing the future of our people," he said.

"We do not want this report to just go down the drain, let us give it the seriousness it deserves because there is violation of the law, because there is corruption in the corridors of government. Section 64 of the public finance act says we are supposed to have an audit committee in every ministry, not even a single ministry has an audit committee, why is because they do not take the law seriously."

Several government officials have been accused of corruption in recent years, the notable ones including Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo and his Deputy who stand accused of misusing almost 500,000 US dollars of public funds.

His compatriot in the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry, Savior Kasukuwere, has also been accused of allegedly parceling out land illegally.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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