The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development has grilled Hwange Colliery Board over circumstances that have seen the government eventually placing the company under an administrator.

The committee, chaired by legislator Honourable Temba Mliswa, was eager to understand more on the alleged financial irregularities that have seen the mining company reeling under financial constraints.

Some of the issues under probe by the committee included the issue of under-exploration, misuse of funds, and under-utilisation of claims as well as alleged corrupt tendencies within the mine.

Concern was also raised over the issue of continued failure by the colliery firm to pay salaries to its workers.

The issue of long debts and failure to honour obligations to suppliers and creditors came under the spotlight.

The board was grilled over whether the management had the mandate to be involved in some of the shoddy deals that have seen the largest coal mining company failing to break even and operate at profit margins in the past few years.

Responding to questions from members of the committee, the board members said there are concerned over the manner in which the entity was placed under the administrator.

The board members, who included the Acting Chairperson Mrs Juliana Muswe, Board Member Mr Edward Tome and another member Mr Andrew Lawson were also asked to provide further details about circumstances leading to the coal mining giant being placed under an administrator.

Chairperson of the committee Mr Mliswa also directed that the hearings to continue on Monday in light of the need to get more details.