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Arda fails to pay

Staff Writer

THE cash-strapped Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda) is failing to pay companies transporting irrigation equipment and other farming implements to its newly-acquired farms acros

s the country, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.

The contracted transport companies are now threatening to withdraw their services from Arda citing non-payment.

Transporters said their businesses had been thrown into disarray as a result of Arda’s failure to honour its contractual obligations.

“Arda doesn’t pay,” one transporter said. “Just last week a cheque for $500 million to one of us (transporters) was dishonoured resulting in a furore.

“As business, if we relied on Arda, we would definitely be out of business. The authority has been failing to pay us and we are tired of their excuses.”

Efforts to get comment from Arda were fruitless as the chief executive, Joseph Matowanyika, was said to be in Langkawi, Malaysia, with the President at a smart partnership meeting.

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