Finance Ministry boss faces arrest

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THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday directed Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda to summon Finance ministry secretary George Guvamatanga on a warrant of arrest to appear before Parliament for grilling after playing truancy since March this year.

PAC chairperson Tendai Biti told journalists that Guvamatanga would be summoned through a warrant of arrest in order to give oral evidence on the Financial Adjustments Bill, where government overspent by US$10,6 billion.

The Financial Adjustments Bill is sponsored by the Finance ministry and is meant to seek condonation (forgiveness) for the government over-expenditure which happened between 2015 and 2018.

The warrant of arrest will be issued for Guvamatanga and his ministry officials Kunaka Pfungwa, who is the principal director and Edwin Zvandasara, who is the acting accountant-general.

“After we had challenges in securing his (Guvamatanga’s) attendance, the PAC made a unanimous decision that we should direct the Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda to issue a warrant of arrest summoning Guvamatanga to appear before the committee on October 5,” Biti said.-NewsDay

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