The parliamentary agriculture committee has a right to recall Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono if it still wants him to clarify issues regarding the central bank’s quasi-fiscal activities, says Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo today.
Moyo was responding to questions from journalists on claims by some sections of the media that the agriculture committee was personalising issues and victimising Gono by continuously calling him to reveal beneficiaries of the farm mechanisation programme
"Legislators act on behalf of parliament and committees are tasked conducting business of the house of assembly," said Moyo.
Gono appeared before the agriculture committee more than two months ago and said he needed about six months to compile a list of beneficiaries as the central bank has retrenched three quarters of its staff.
Although he told the committee that the distribution of farming equipment was impartial, indications are that only those with Zanu PF links benefited.
But addressing parliamentarians at a workshop organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on the oversight role of parliamentary committees, clerk of parliament Austin Zvoma said some portfolio committees were deviating from their mandates.
Pedzisayi Ruhanya, PHD candidate at Westminster University, told VOA those who are against the release of the list of beneficiaries of the farm mechanisation programme could have benefited from the scheme crafted by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.