Anger as Zimbabwe Govt Blows Billions in Unauthorised Expenditure

The finance ministry has been accused of using U.S.$10.6 billion between 2015 and 2018 outside budget allocations and without the approval of Parliament. This emerged during the hearing of the proposed Finance Adjustment Bill before the Public Accounts Portfolio Committee that is chaired by former finance minister Tendai Biti. He described the Treasury's decision as a "massive invasion of the Constitution". Most of the financial anomalies of the U.S.$10.6 billion expenditure were carried out during the controversial government-sponsored Command Agriculture Programme. However, there is still food insecurity in Zimbabwe, largely been attributed to drought but, worsening economic conditions have compounded the situation.


Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube (file photo).

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