$211K youth project sinks

CHIVHU—THE youth development fund has lost $211 000 that was invested through Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) to Kadungure Piggery at Nyahoni in Chivhu after the project was badly run and incurred serious losses.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth during a tour of the Kadungure project
Members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth during a tour of the Kadungure project

MPs from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, sponsored by the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (Sapst), visited the Kadungure Piggery project on Saturday, only to find empty pigsties, overgrown grass and no activity at all at the piggery project run by the Ministry of Youth despite getting a $211 000 capital injection.

The committee, led by Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena, was in Chivhu as part of its nationwide tours to investigate how the $40 million Youth Development Fund (YDF), bankrolled by four banks, CABS, CBZ, IDBZ and Stanbic Bank, was utilised.

Tafi Greemas Mashonganyika, the deputy director for economic empowerment in the Ministry of Youth told MPs that in 2009 the Kadungure piggery project received $41 000 from the YDF, in addition to a $211 000 loan from IDBZ.

Mashonganyika said at one point the piggery had 600 pigs, before it collapsed due to poor management.

“We anticipated market breakthroughs at Colcom and other big butcheries, but they condemned our pigsties and as a result we had to continue keeping the pigs and feeding them,” he said.

Mashonganyika said as a result the pigs were over 60 kilogrammes, and were no longer marketable, and had to be sold as commercial pork to produce sausages and bacon.

“At the end we had overstock and could not feed the pigs, and we had to sell them to meet the salary and utility bills, and in 2012 we had a sales turnover of $43 680 against a target of $197 000. This was raised after selling 353 pigs.”

Mashonganyika said the Youth ministry granted them an order to wind up business in 2013 when their monthly expenses were over $20 000 and yet they were making $17 000.

He said they also accrued salary arrears and electricity debts resulting in power being cut off.

“We failed to make a breakthrough at Colcom by virtue of our pigsties which needed $5 000 to uplift them. We said we will pay the workers owed salaries using pigs, but only two workers took the offer, while the others refused.
This caused a backlog as we had to continue feeding the remaining pigs.”

Chitungwiza North MP Godfrey Sithole queried how the Youth ministry could allow them to pay salary arrears using pigs.

“I am worried about this [Education minister Lazarus] Dokora way of using livestock to pay salary arrears with pigs. How do you then calculate statutory obligations like pay as you earn and Aids Levy from pigs?” queried Sithole.

As things stand today, it appears the $211 213 loan has sunk down the drain as the facility has been turned into a national youth vocational centre.

A member of the committee Jasmine Toffa (MDC-T) expressed shock at the level of corruption exhibited in the disbursement of public funds, particularly the YDF, adding that the defaulters (80%) should be brought to book.

“This is a job that needs to be done by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. All projects are fraught with irregularities,” Toffa said.

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12 Comments

  1. Mungape mbavha dzeZANU mari here. Lyk father lyk son. Nxaaaaa.

    1. YOUTH OFFICER

      this money was squandered by kasukuwere and these corrupt directors indirectly…nothing is done to them..

  2. Ok, let me get this straight, out of $200, 000 you could not spare $5,000 to upgrade your pigsties to the standard required by colcom!? I thought you were going to you needed $500, 000 to upgrade…

  3. Every project started by Zanu PF deliberately never has controls or checks & balances. Only thieves, crooks & fraudsters author such projects.

  4. Nyaya yema project iyi ngaipere. Its a way of stealing money. Give that money to established factories to buy new machinery and the use of that money should be supervised

  5. nothing new party nomalcy

  6. Zim has cash to burn. No matter how much funding these “projects” get, they won’t get off the ground. What pains most is that companies are compelled to fund these projects as part of their social responsibilities, only to see the cash disappear without anything on the ground to justify it. You know you are conned when govt starts throwing the names “youths and youths fund around”. The way this guy is explaining really shows that this project had no knowledgeable people running it, it was purely guess-work or ran it according to hearsay. This govt has to check on the background of people running any project before they fund it. The reason they like funding without background checks is simply for political expedience. But for how long will the country continue losing precious money through incompetence? Be serious!

  7. The problem is anything given on political lines and not business lines our youths have taken it to mean free funds, worse so if it is zanupf youths. They have an entitlement mentality which has ruined this country and they being youth means another bad generation has just been created meaning as long as zanupf is allowed to continue this will never stop.

  8. Management and Financial planning skills are lacking from government right through to the youths.The youths should have been given an accountant to work with them.

  9. Dzimwe dzaidyiwa pamirion march

  10. Thats the way ZanuPF thieves behave and they will not go to jail.

  11. frank chamunorwa

    The problem with ZANU Pf led government projects is that they are politicised and almost always coincide with elections time. And as the writer before me said , ZANU Pf youths now have a sickening entitlement mindset that has killed their potential to do anything progressive and developmental .

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