Tendai Biti flexes his powers to arrest individuals disregarding parliamentary committee summons

FSG and Ministry of Finance Disregards Summons to Answer on the Presidential Input Scheme Tender

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts has directed the Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda to issue a warrant of arrest on FSG Director Steve Morland for disregarding summons to appear before the committee with the Ministry of Finance receiving a warning for the same offense.

FSG was summoned to appear before the committee on the 14th October and 27th October, 2019 in which it defaulted on both occasions.

Addressing journalists, Committee Chairman Tendai Biti said they were concerned with the continued disrespect for Parliament.

“Today we were supposed to receive evidence from a company called FSG which has been a recipient of millions of dollars under the Presidential Inputs Scheme.

We are extremely disappointed that while FSG has been quick to avail itself to another committe of Parliament on Agriculture, they have avoided attendance at this meeting.

We are also saddened by the continuous disrespect for Parliament so we are giving the Ministry of Finance one more chance before we direct the Clerk of Parliament to issue a warrant of arrest,” he said.

Biti said the Committee has directed a warrant of arrest on Steve Morland for default in attendance on October 14 and October 27, 2019.

He added that they have summoned FSG to appear before the committee on November 22, 2019 together with Croco Motors, a recipient of monies under the unallocated reserves they have been pursuing from 2017 to 2018.