The Auditor General is in the process of selecting independent consultants to carry out a forensic audit into various power deals entered into by ZESA Holdings and various private contractors.

This emerged during a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy session where the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo and heads of various parastatals in the energy sector appeared.

In line with keeping up with its constitutional mandate of playing an oversight role on all government activities, parliament through its Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy this Monday morning grilled Minister Khaya Moyo and heads of parastatals under his portfolio on numerous deals entered into in the past.

Legislators quizzed the Minister and his delegation on some areas where they felt due diligence was not done and tax payers money may have been abused.

In response, Minister Khaya Moyo told the committee that the Auditor General is in the process of looking for independent auditors to conduct a forensic audit into all the grey areas following which appropriate action will be taken in line with the new dispensation’s drive to rid government of corrupt elements.

The Minister also said he was in the process of engaging his finance ministry counterpart to look into scrapping excise duty on fuel so that the price is drastically reduced to assist in the reduction of the cost of doing business in the mining and manufacturing sector.

Meanwhile, Kariba 7 Hydro Power Expansion Project is expected to be officially commissioned this February, adding 150 watts onto the national grid, while Kariba 8 is expected to be online by April with an additional 150 mega watts.