NGO confronts Treasury over Polad vehicle fund source

Zimstar News

Youth lobby, Youth Alliance for Democracy (YAD) has written to Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube asking the Treasury chief to reveal the source of funds used by the cash-strapped government to acquire over a dozen twin-cabs for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Polad colleagues.

Mnangagwa pulled a shocker recently when he lavished some brand-new Isuzu D-Max twin cabs to 19 of the opposition politicians.

He did not explain the source of the funds.

YAD has moved to seek answers from Treasury while claiming this was in keeping with the need to promote accountability in the use of public funds.

Said the NGO in its correspondence to the minister, “We kindly request information on where funding for vehicles allocated to POLAD principles was drawn from.

“By making this request we are guided by Section 62(1) & (2) of the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that “every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent resident, including juristic person’s…has the right of access to any information held by the State or by any institution or agency of government at every level, in so far as the information is required in the interests of public accountability and for the exercise or protection of a right.

“The information required is meant to promote public accountability and protection of access to information as a human right. Section 68 accords every person the right to administrative conduct that is lawful, prompt, efficient, reasonable, proportionate, impartial and both substantively and procedurally fair.”

Polad was formed by Mnangagwa ostensibly to create a platform that brings together the country’s political parties to engage on issues of national importance.

The group comprises politicians who command a tiny following in the country.