Ms Paurina Mpariwa
Paidamoyo Chipunza and Sibongile Maruta
The Ministry of Health and Child Care owes nearly $50 million in unpaid goods and services and the debt has been increasing by $10 million each year against a budgetary allocation averaging $14 million, the Public Account Committee has said.
Presenting its report on the 2015 appropriation and the 2011 to 2014 fund accounts to members of the National Assembly in Parliament on Tuesday, chairperson of the Committee legislator Paurina Gwanyanya-Mpariwa said they noted serious discrepancies, particularly in accounting and management of fuel allocations, medicines, equipment procurement and vehicle tenders.
She said the debt might end up compromising service delivery if it continued ballooning.
Mrs Gwanyanya-Mpariwa said the committee learnt that some of the debts went as far back as the 2012 financial year.
“There is a risk that the Ministry might incur litigation costs in the event suppliers consider legal action,” she said. “In the event suppliers also consider demanding cash upfront for supplies, there would be serious repercussions considering that the Ministry offers essential services, which concern the…