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PAP management not keeping proper records of expenditure, assets
11 October 2017, 9:15 PM

The Pan African Parliament Committee on Audit and Public Accounts says management is not keeping proper records of expenditure and assets; neither is it complying with African Union regulations in hiring and paying staff.

Various members say they are appalled by the lack of accountability in a body that is expected to be exemplary to the continent and is still seeking more powers.

The Pan African Parliament Committee on Audit and Public Accounts is made up of 15 of the 275 MPs representing the 55-member states of the African Union.

It met in August to review reports of the PAP Internal Audit and Board of External Auditors.

What it found has appalled members.

“Everything is poor performance. How come we haven’t come with a resolution to say ‘enough is enough?’” says Uganda’s MP.

Some MPs accuse office bearers of nepotism, employing people from their own countries at international rates even for jobs that can be done by local staff at local rates.

“We have a major challenge getting countries to ratify to give us legislative powers. Donors have withdrawn funding,” says Ghana’s MP Mohammed Mubarak.

Some MPs say the Audit Committee’s recommendations are watered down and they should recommend firing the entire finance department.

Wednesday 11 October 2017 21:15

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Nthakoana Ngatane

Zimbabwe introduces Cyber Security Ministry
10 October 2017, 4:31 PM

Zimbabwe has a new ministry, it is that of Cyber Security. This was made known during a recent cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle also has deep political implications.

Cyber crime is evolving at all levels and threatens any nation’s security. Countries such as the United States and France were hit by cyber crime during elections. Some say they were aimed at influencing the outcome of the elections. With Monday’s announcement of a cabinet reshuffle, Zimbabwe has also introduced its own Cyber Security Ministry.

There are fears that the Cyber Security Ministry might have been instituted to clamp down on social media. However, Harare believes cyber crime extends to currency manipulations which could affect its economy.

Zimbabwe will go to the polls in 2018 and the appointment of the new minister in the justice legal and parliamentary department is an indication that the stakes are high.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has seen his powers reduced since he lost the Justice Ministry.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017 16:31

Nthakoana Ngatane  

Zimbabwe introduces Cyber Security Ministry
10 October 2017, 4:31 PM

Zimbabwe has a new ministry, it is that of Cyber Security. This was made known during a recent cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle also has deep political implications.

Cyber crime is evolving at all levels and threatens any nation’s security. Countries such as the United States and France were hit by cyber crime during elections. Some say they were aimed at influencing the outcome of the elections. With Monday’s announcement of a cabinet reshuffle, Zimbabwe has also introduced its own Cyber Security Ministry.

There are fears that the Cyber Security Ministry might have been instituted to clamp down on social media. However, Harare believes cyber crime extends to currency manipulations which could affect its economy.

Zimbabwe will go to the polls in 2018 and the appointment of the new minister in the justice legal and parliamentary department is an indication that the stakes are high.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has seen his powers reduced since he lost the Justice Ministry.

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– By Nthakoana Ngatane  

Mugabe announces plans to reshuffle cabinet
9 October 2017, 6:55 AM

President Robert Mugabe has announced that he is going to reshuffle his Cabinet this week.

This comes amid speculation of a fall-out between the country’s two vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.

Mugabe was addressing the youth wing gathering in Harare.

Mugabe arrived at the youth conference surrounded by his family and the Zanu-PF leadership.

It’s been a tense week in the ZanuPF party with the two Vice Presidents at other’s throats, accusing each other of fanning tensions and disunity.

Vice president Mnangangwa and second vice Mphoko seem to be jostling for power.

But it’s President Mugabe who laid down the rules.

“If there are problems let’s discuss them, not for daily news or the outside world. You should learn politics, good politics, our differences are discussed in-house, and they are ours. They don’t belong to the outside, it’s a shame, a shame even to our legion, our party was not build on that basis, it’s a party of discipline.”

Mugabe continued to make an unexpected announcement.

“There are some amongst us who although they were given positions, and although they are good members of the party, they have not done well. Although we appointed people to certain positions, did they give up the calling of those positions? Next week there might be some changes. I don’t want people to run away but I must also see who has not pulled up or lived up to expectation.”

With Mugabe playing his cards close to his chest, it’s not clear who’s likely to face the chop.

However, one thing that is certain is the current spat will have an impact in how Mugabe changes his government.

– By Nthakoana Ngatane

Mugabe announces plans to reshuffle cabinet
9 October 2017, 6:55 AM

President Robert Mugabe has announced that he is going to reshuffle his Cabinet this week.

This comes amid speculation of a fall-out between the country’s two vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.

Mugabe was addressing the youth wing gathering in Harare.

Mugabe arrived at the youth conference surrounded by his family and the Zanu-PF leadership.

It’s been a tense week in the ZanuPF party with the two Vice Presidents at other’s throats, accusing each other of fanning tensions and disunity.

Vice president Mnangangwa and second vice Mphoko seem to be jostling for power.

But it’s President Mugabe who laid down the rules.

“If there are problems let’s discuss them, not for daily news or the outside world. You should learn politics, good politics, our differences are discussed in-house, and they are ours. They don’t belong to the outside, it’s a shame, a shame even to our legion, our party was not build on that basis, it’s a party of discipline.”

Mugabe continued to make an unexpected announcement.

“There are some amongst us who although they were given positions, and although they are good members of the party, they have not done well. Although we appointed people to certain positions, did they give up the calling of those positions? Next week there might be some changes. I don’t want people to run away but I must also see who has not pulled up or lived up to expectation.”

With Mugabe playing his cards close to his chest, it’s not clear who’s likely to face the chop.

However, one thing that is certain is the current spat will have an impact in how Mugabe changes his government.

Monday 9 October 2017 06:55

Nthakoana Ngatane

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