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The committee is investigating the extensive looting of inputs, especially fertiliser, and believes GMB managers are withholding vital information to thwart its probe.

The committee initially last month asked GMB to provide details of how inputs for the 2011/12 agricultural season were distributed but believes the parastatal sent scanty details to shield ministers and top officials implicated in the scandal.

Investigations into the scandal were instituted following widespread complaints that ministers, senior government officials, MPs and service chiefs, among others, had looted inputs, leaving ordinary resettled farmers with nothing. Although the GMB had given the portfolio committee a list of beneficiaries of the heavily subsidised inputs, the portfolio committee was not satisfied with the details because information from some depots was missing following allegations that most chefs acquired inputs from Aspindale depot in Harare.

Committee chairman and Chikomba MP Moses Jiri confirmed that legislators were unhappy with information they had so far been furnished with by GMB.
“They gave us reports but we failed to get adequate information and in some instances there appear to be inaccuracies,” said Jiri. “They did not avail some information from some provinces and depots such as Aspindale where we are told some people got huge amounts of inputs. We want them to explain why they did not give us all the information,” he said.

The committee was given a list of beneficiaries from January 2 2012 and does not have information about those who acquired inputs from December 28 last year when the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development ministry gave the GMB a directive to distribute inputs.

A member of the committee said information from Aspindale was critical because some individuals were said to have taken huge amounts of inputs at the depot before collecting more from other depots.

Details from some depots in Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Harare were not available. GMB spokesperson Muriel Zemura said she was not aware that her bosses had been summoned.

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