Parly sets tough CDF guide­lines

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Zva­maida Mur­wira

PAR­LIA­MENT has adopted tough guide­lines that will be used in the util­i­sa­tion of Con­stituency Devel­op­ment Fund as part of mea­sures to en­hance ac­count­abil­ity and curb abuse of the fund by leg­is­la­tors. The guide­lines in­clude the na­ture of devel­op­ment projects that could be em­barked upon and the in­volve­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment among other mea­sures. These were an­nounced by the le­gal and pro­ce­dure sub-com­mit­tee of the Stand­ing Rules and Or­ders com­mit­tee chair­per­son Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa while mov­ing a mo­tion to have the guide­lines adopted in the Na­tional Assem­bly last week.

PAR­LIA­MENT has adopted tough guide­lines that will be used in the util­i­sa­tion of Con­stituency Devel­op­ment Fund as part of mea­sures to en­hance ac­count­abil­ity and curb abuse of the fund by leg­is­la­tors.

The guide­lines in­clude the na­ture of devel­op­ment projects that could be em­barked upon and the in­volve­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment among other mea­sures.

These were an­nounced by le­gal and pro­ce­dure sub-com­mit­tee of the Stand­ing Rules and Or­ders com­mit­tee chair­per­son Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa while mov­ing a mo­tion to have the guide­lines adopted in the Na­tional Assem­bly last week.

“We have pre­scribed the type of projects that we are sup­posed to un­der­take be­cause in pre­vi­ous cir­cum­stances, we would have Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment even pay­ing lobola us­ing CDF or do­ing other things that are not sup­posed to be done else­where us­ing the Fund,” said Adv Chamisa, who is also Kuwadzana East Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

He said the ob­jec­tive of the fund was to deal with devel­op­ment and poverty alle­vi­a­tion.

Adv Chamisa said any leg­is­la­tor who would want to un­der­take projects out­side that re­mit would re­quire per­mis­sion from the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of that fund con­sti­tuted by Sen­a­tors, Pro­por­tion­ate Rep­re­sen­ta­tive MPs, coun­cil­lors, tra­di­tional lead­ers among oth­ers.

“The first one is con­struc­tion, re­pairs and main­te­nance of bor­ders of bore­holes and wells for ru­ral ar­eas. The sec­ond one is re­pair­ing, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of schools, clin­ics, dip tanks, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral ar­eas,” he said.

Adv Chamisa said other projects in­cluded con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture and pur­chase of gen­er­a­tors for use in schools.

Oth­ers in­cluded com­mu­nity in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects to be de­fined by the CDF com­mit­tee.

“We had to pre­scribe be­cause some would buy gen­er­a­tors, but use them in other houses not con­sis­tent with where they are sup­posed to be used. So we are very clear, it has to be in schools, clin­ics and other re­lated in­sti­tu­tions that ben­e­fit the con­stituency,” said Adv Chamisa.

“In terms of ac­count­abil­ity, it has to be the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who is then sup­posed to ac­count to the Min­istry (of Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs) to Par­lia­ment and also to the con­stituency it­self in gen­eral,” said Adv Chamisa.

He said there shall be a man­age­ment com­mit­tee to ad­min­is­ter the fund and would be con­sti­tuted by Deputy Clerk of Par­lia­ment, prin­ci­pal fi­nance di­rec­tor of Par­lia­ment, di­rec­tor of re­search and coun­sel to Par­lia­ment.

“Their duty is ba­si­cally to man­age the trans­ac­tion of the fund from the min­istry to the ac­count of the con­stituency,” said Adv Chamisa.

Other com­mit­tees in­cluded the pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee to deal with pur­chase of goods and ser­vices.

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