CDF abusers to be named soon

PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Virginia Mabhiza yesterday said the ministry was unlikely to disburse this year’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocations until after the next elections.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Mabhiza told NewsDay the ministry was still waiting for policy guidelines on how to handle the issue considering elections were likely to be held this year.

“So far we still await policy direction on whether to disburse CDF before or after elections because the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Eric Matinenga, said it would be better to disburse the funds after elections,” said Mabhiza.

“Elections are just by the corner and we are afraid some MPs might bounce back, while others do not and we are trying to avoid problems,” she said.

In his 2013 National Budget presentation last November, Finance minister Tendai Biti set aside $5 million instead of the pledged $12,5 million to be shared among the 210 parliamentary constituencies.

This means each constituency will be entitled to $23 000 instead of the $50 000 they got last year.

The fund caused a storm last year after some MPs failed to account for their allocations, forcing the ministry to conduct an audit.

Three MPs were arrested and charged with misappropriation of the funds, but their prosecution was stopped following the intervention of Attorney-General Johannes Tomana’s office.

Mabhiza said the ministry had so far audited 165 constituencies with the remainder set to be completed soon.

“We hope to finish the audits of all constituencies by mid-March. The problem we are experiencing is that we have not been getting sufficient funding from Treasury. We need about $120 000 to complete the audits,” she said.

Although she declined to release the names of the constituencies that were found wanting, she said Matinenga would soon name the CDF abusers in Parliament.

Last year, the audit revealed 23 MPs could be guilty of abusing CDF allocations.

Mabhiza said once the audit was concluded, the findings would be handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission and police for prosecution.

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8 Comments

  1. This is real crisis it should not be dismissed just glibly..who are these thieves? We want to know NOW!

  2. does that mean the money is given to the mp and put in use by the mp??? Thats where the prob is the money must be given to the constituent and administered by the mp. asi whether mp aripo or haapo constituent is always there !! there4 a committee must be set up to run the fund.

  3. and why not name them before elections so that we know and not vote them again. u want to name them after they are retained to office nxaa

    1. I agree with you..why should we vote this guy in only to have sent packing when he is convicted for this gross theft and abuse? Give us the names before the vote..PURIZI

  4. we want their names now so that they kiss parliament goodbye. seuyo uyo mukaranga uyo ane vanhu vanomwa madaka emvura achitadza kugadzira ma boreholes ne CDF kana tuma bridge twekuti vanhu vacrosse nzizi kwa Ngondyore uko haa ngaataure kwaakaisa mari ye CDF

  5. they should be punished

  6. I hope Mp Nyamupinga is going top the list. She did nothing in her constituency, come elections we shall see!!!

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