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PRESS STATEMENT ON FUEL EXCHANGE NOTE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON FUEL EXCHANGE NOTE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

It has come to the attention of the Administration of Parliament of Zimbabwe that there is a fuel coupons exchange note circulating on social media, particularly on Twitter, reportedly issued by Redan Private (Ltd) to Parliament of Zimbabwe. The fuel coupons exchange note appears to give the unfortunate impression that Parliament of Zimbabwe has been purchasing diesel from Redan at an inflated cost of RTGS$10.50 which is way above the statutory limit.

 

The Administration of Parliament would like to thank members of the public and in particular, Mr Hopewell Chin’ono, for bringing this matter to the attention of Parliament and for rightly demanding answers from Parliament. Zimbabwean citizens are empowered to demand answers from Parliament by Section 117 (1) of the Constitution which provides that, ‘The legislative authority of Zimbabwe is derived from the people,” where they feel that the institution is abdicating its role of protecting the Constitution and acting in the national interest. Indeed, the said fuel coupons exchange note is a cause for concern for any responsible and well-meaning  citizen, as it insinuates that the Administration of Parliament is not only engaging in capricious and arbitrary wastage of public funds but is acting outside the confines of the regulatory requirements.

 

Pursuant to this, the Administration of Parliament would like to assure the public that as the vanguard of the supreme law of the land in terms of Section 119 (1) of the Constitution,  Parliament of Zimbabwe operates strictly within the confines of the law and will not deviate from doing so now or at any time in the foreseeable future. Parliament of Zimbabwe has always and will continue to pay for fuel at the prevailing regulated price. The fuel coupon exchange note in question, involved a transaction between an individual Member of Parliament who was replacing expired coupons and Redan Pvt (Ltd) and not the institution of Parliament. The only reason the exchange note reflects the name of the institution is primarily because the coupons are purchased by Parliament as an institution for all Members of Parliament and subsequently issued to individual Members. The serial numbers of the coupons in Redan’s system thus reflect Parliament of Zimbabwe as the procuring entity and not the individual Member.

 

That notwithstanding, Parliament of Zimbabwe engaged Redan over the matter and was advised that the exchange note was generated and issued to the Member of Parliament for the sole reason of enabling him to collect the new coupons and that the Member in question was never charged for the transaction neither at the prevailing regulated price nor the price reflected on the exchange note. In other words, the coupon exchange note is an internal Redan document whose esoteric figures are understood by Redan staff but do not reflect the prevailing coupon prices and should thus not be used as a pricing reference point.

 

It is unfortunate that the Member in question opted to circulate the document on social media without verifying with either Parliament or Redan, as would be expected of an honourable Member. Be that as it may, Parliament of Zimbabwe takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to protecting the Constitution and the interests of the general public whose sacred trust we hold dear.

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