THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has gobbled 77% of Home Affairs’s 2004 budget vote, confirming its record as the biggest spender in the ministry.
>A parliamentary committee last week heard that out of the $339 billion allocated to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ZRP alone had by June 30 used up $263 billion, 77% of the ministry’s total allocation. Part of the ZRP’s expenditures are not subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor-General.The ministry comprises five departments – National Museums and Monuments, National Archives, Immigration Control, Registrar General and the ZRP.
Home Affairs and Defence constitute the largest expense on Zimbabwe’s national budget every year. Defence and Home Affairs parliamentary portfolio committee chairman Saviour Kasukuwere last week told a 2005 pre-budget seminar in Mutare that the ZRP needed a supplementary budget before year-end.
“The ZRP is the biggest spender in the ministry,” Kasukuwere said.
“Out of the $339 billion for the year, ZRP had spent $263 billion by June 30 2004. This represented 77% expenditure. The ZRP may not see the year through with no virements.”
Last year the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report said the ZRP owed Treasury a substantial amount of money. The ZRP was accused of ignoring Treasury instructions and liberally gobbled up public funds.
This comes at a time when the institution is reportedly undergoing a restructuring exercise aimed at modernising the poorly equipped force.
Kasukuwere noted that the law enforcement agency had bought 2 000 bicycles for patrols in town, 20 Truvelo Lider D-cam speed trap cameras, 200 Mazda trucks, 13 command vehicles for highway patrols and uniforms.