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THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Climate and Rural Resettlement has taken a new approach in its quest to tackle the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) matter.
The portfolio committee has invited millers who are members of GMAZ in their individual capacity, after the millers association snubbed the same committee on Tuesday.
Zim Morning Post understands that the committee, which is chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena, has now summoned Blue Ribbon and Manyame Millers to appear in Parliament Tuesday (tomorrow).
Last week, GMAZ national chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara failed snubbed the committee, where the agenda was to enquire into the funding of agricultural activities under the association’s purview, where it was meant to address the submission of documentation relating to the financing of silo repairs countrywide.
Last week, the parliamentary committee summoned GMAZ to Parliament, saying then:
“The purpose of the meeting is for you to provide proof of the financing of silo repairs countrywide. Please, submit all necessary documentation to support your evidence by February 7 2020.”
But GMAZ snubbed the invitation to appear before the committee.
In response to the snub by GMAZ, chairperson Wadyajena then accused the association of abusing US$27 million that he claimed the apex milling industry body received from government (through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) for wheat importation.
Musarara, in an interview, hit back at Wadyajena, saying: “We responded in writing to the demands of their letter.”
“What is shocking is that we are seeing screaming headlines of the $27 million from the RBZ for wheat yet the agenda of the day was on the financing of silos,” Musarara said.
“Was the agenda changed overnight and to what end?” he said.
Questions have been raised on why the committee had decided to invite Blue Ribbon and Manyame Millers instead of trying to deal with GMAZ.
“The strategy has changed and the committee will deal with individual millers until they reach to their target, Musarara,” a source revealed