The Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) defied for the second time a request by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement to furnish them with documents relating to their agreements with Green Fuel, Trek and any other agreements with their partners.
The parastatal made its second appearance before the committee today after the first one held last week Thursday failed to bear fruit as the firm argued the request for the documents by the committee placed them in a precarious position with their partners.
This was despite earlier indications made by the chief executive officer Mr Willard Mbona that the documents were ready for scrutiny by the committee before raising the partnership arguments.
The same argument by management at the firm took centre stage as the chief executive officer maintained their earlier position that they are protecting the interests of their partners.
A flurry of questions by the committee members to clarify why it was difficult for the parastatal to furnish them with the requested documents failed to yield any results before the chief executive officer declared that the documents were not going to be presented.
This CEO’s response however contradicted with that of ARDA board chairperson’s position with regards the submission of the documents.
It was a tense session ending with the board accusing the committee of intimidation.
The committee however maintained its position to have the documents and for the parastatal to appear before the committee for the third time in two weeks Tuesday afternoon.
It remains to be seen whether the ARDA board will compile after its board chair cited his inability to attend Tuesday’s (tomorrow) meeting.