Government says the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) did not enter into any contractual agreement with the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) for the repair of silos countrywide.

This follows a recent claim by GMAZ that it funded the repair of GMB silos across the country.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Mr Ringson Chitsiko told parliament that he is unaware of any money that came from GMAZ, adding that treasury funded the refurbishment of the GMB silos.

Mr Chitsiko said GMB is a parastatal governed by the Public Finance Management Act and cannot, under law, borrow money or arrange any loan facility without having been granted borrowing powers by the government.

Meanwhile, the government said one of the major arguments behind the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill is to ensure that every demonstrator respects the interests of other citizens.

Unpacking the bill to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services, the Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Melusi Matshiya stated that the bill seeks to ensure that people’s rights are respected as provided by the constitution.

Legislators applauded the bill as a welcome development that will guarantee peace and security in the country while suppressing anarchy.

The committee is also preparing for at least 12 public hearings to get the input of Zimbabwean citizens into the bill.