Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care Chairperson, Hon Dr Ruth Labode says lack of transparency is hindering Parliament to carry out its oversight role to ensure that resources mobilised to combat COVID-19 are well utilised.
She said this while responding to a question during a SAPST sponsored radio programme interview on the role of Parliament in relation to donations made towards combating COVID-19.
Dr Labode said there is no adequate information and transparency on how donations are being handled by Government. Furthermore, she highlighted that there is close to four million dollars that was donated by the Global Fund to curb the Corona virus but it is unclear on how the money is being spent.
In addition, Hon Labode urged Government to establish a subcommittee of technical people to oversee the Inter-Ministerial task force put in place by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for COVID-19 response.
The broadcast of the radio programme comes at a time when the country is in a 21 Day lockdown- a measure recently announced by the President to reduce the spread of the Corona virus pandemic. The measure requires all public activities to cease and most commercial enterprises to close, with exceptions for certain food and fuel vendors as well as health-related facilities and other essential services.
The programme was aired on all four Zimpapers radio stations that include Capitalk FM, Star Fm, Nyami Nyami FM- Kariba and Diamond Fm- Mutare therefore reaching a wider audience.
Speaking at the same platform, Women and Law in Southern Africa Director Fadzai Traiquine said her organisation is offering legal support during the country’s lockdown. She urged members of the public to report human rights violations to relevant bodies, for instance the Human Rights Commission.
Zimbabwe has 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death.