Parliament refuses to approve Ndudzo …as MPs plead for Chiri to stay

By Daniel Chigundu

LEGISLATORS from across the country political divided have rejected government’s choice Mike Ndudzo for Auditor General’s post, claiming he has a bad track record.

According to the country’s laws, the President appoints the Auditor General with approval from Parliament.

Speaking in the National Assembly during a motion to approve the appointment of Mike Ndudzo as Auditor General, Zvishavane Ngezi legislator John Holder said the proposed candidate has no history of success.

“…If you take note Mr Speaker, you are very passionate about the Auditor General’s Report and every MP in this House is also very passionate.  All our debates arise from the Auditor General’s Report.  However, taking note of the C.V that has been presented to each Honourable Member; you will see that most of the companies that this Michael Ndudzo has worked for are in big problems.

“His C.V is very colourful with all sorts of information but with so many companies that are currently battling it out.  Dorowa Minerals has not been operating for a long time until it was recapitalised later.  If you look at Modzone Enterprises, it is bankrupt and Sunway has failed to take over.

“If you look at all these companies that he mentioned here Mr Speaker, my question is – why were public interviews not held? A person who was handpicked, I suspect foul play there; why handpick one person instead of having public interviews?

“Mr Speaker Sir, in such a short period of time, look at the number of companies this man has worked for.  None of these companies are operating smoothly, including National Railways of Zimbabwe…..when you look at the companies he had put reference to, you will find that there is a bad track record and anything he touches turns to rubbish,” he said.

Adding her voice to the debate Honourable Goodluck Kwaramba said Ndudzo is a failure and that Mildred Chiri should be allowed to continue.

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Auditor General Mildred Chiri

“Mrs Chiri was doing a splendid job.  We read the Reports she came up with which were presented to us by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

“…We feel that this woman should be given another term of office so that she continues with her work because, in my opinion, she was doing a good job.  She should continue doing her job and not replace here with men who steal,” she said.

Outspoken legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga accused the finance minister of the jumping gun, adding that he should first consult the PAC.

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Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa

“…We do not want to hear about this particular gentleman until he goes through the relevant step as provided for in our Standing Rules and Orders.

“All we are asking him is for him to come to the PAC, explain, indicate so that when this motion then comes like any other motion, the PAC will then give a report as a response to his motion.  As it is, he has not done what he is supposed to and that is the point we are raising,” she said.

After getting concerted opposition from both sides of the house, Minister Chinamasa opted to request to do more consultations.

“Mr Speaker Sir, I think listening to the sentiments of the House on both sides of the political divide, I would want to carry out further consultations,” said Chinamasa.

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