Why are we ordering fire tenders when councils do not have water- Zimbabwe MP asks?


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HON. MATEWU:  Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am, I will repeat my question.  My supplementary to the Hon. Minister is that the Procurement Act is very clear on how one buys any tender.  Why is the Hon. Minister flounting the Procurement Act in ordering every single authority to buy fire tenders from Belarus which they did not even ask for?  They are taking this money from devolution funds that must be spent in devolved provinces which make their own decisions and own affairs?  I thank you.

HON. CHOMBO:  Thank you very much Hon. Speaker Ma’am and thank you very much Hon. Matewu for the follow-up question.  We follow PRAZ regulations, and there is nowhere my Ministry has by-passed those processes.  – [HON. MEMBERS: Was there a tender?   Was there a tender?] – If there is any that you feel that we have not followed the laid down procedures, you are free to approach my office.  I thank you. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Zwizwai, please take your seat?

HON. T. MLISWA:  Madam Speaker, my point of order is that the Hon. Minister must not insult this House.  We are the ones who make laws, we know PRAZ and there is no way you can say that they were bought.  The question here is that you violated PRAZ and if you say that there is a tender, can you furnish us with the tender number?

There was no tender number in the report.  It was a corrupt directive and it is difficult to ask a Minister who is also implicated in the corruption – that is where the problem is.  Where is the tender number Madam Speaker?  When was it tendered?  Where are the adverts?  This is PRAZ and we are the ones who put the law.  An advertisement is made, and PRAZ regulations are followed.   Cabinet is not above PRAZ, no one is above PRAZ.  Can she tell us when they tendered the advert?

 HON. CHOMBO:  Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am and thank you very much Hon. Mliswa for the follow-up question.  As I stated before, my Ministry follows the PRAZ Regulations, and if there is any tender that you feel we did not follow instructions, you are free to write down or request for me to provide details of how that was done.  I thank you.

HON. MADZIMURE:  Thank you Madam Speaker. Can the Hon.  Minister give an undertaking to the House that she is going to come back with the fire tender documents, and also the Pomona deal …

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Deputy Minister, are you listening?  Hon. Madzimure, please may you repeat your question?

HON. MADZIMURE:  Madam Speaker, I am asking the Hon. Minister to furnish the House with the tender documents for the fire tenders that she said her Ministry is going to purchase on behalf of local authorities and also the Pomona deal tender documents so that Parliament sees whether they were in compliance with PRAZ regulations.

HON. CHOMBO:  Thank you very much Hon. Speaker Ma’am and thank you very much Hon. Madzimure for the follow-up question.  As I said before, I reiterate that we follow procedures, and you are asking about the fire tenders and Pomona deal – that is too specific.  I request that you put that in writing and I will be able to respond to it.

HON. GONESE:  On a point of order Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: What is your point of order? – [HON. MADZIMURE: Inaudible interjection.] – Order Hon. Madzimure.

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