Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group says Government must investigate the business background of Skyline Investment Group Company Limited.
In a statement issued by Independent Office Press Unit yesterday said, the Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group recommended that government must launch a thorough investigation into Skyline’s business background and its executives. Use all means appropriate to access vital information on the ‘Skyliners’.
“Only through an investigation we can establish the facts surrounding the company, meanwhile, any business deals with the said company must be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” Group Leader Manasseh Maelanga emphasized.
It is important that any government of day must encourage and improve the functions of necessary departments or ministries that undertake such tasks and to advice government accordingly.
“Since foreign companies will continue to come and propose investments for this country, it is only proper that government ensures its internal checks are well intact to ensure that the state is dealing with genuine and reliable companies,” Mr Maelanga highlighted.
He said, recent revelation that Skyline Investment Group Company Limited may have been a scam goes to show the inherent weakness in government’s business intelligence,.
He said, this was evident given the scale of the activities of the ‘Skyliners’ both in-country and in the region.
“In this sense, Government should have questioned Skyline Investment Group’s integrity and genuineness when the company initially offered to boost the country’s tourism industry and not long after it proposed to build 5,000 houses for public servants,” Mr Maelanga said yesterday.
Indeed this is very optimistic, and can be a little unrealistic, he said.
“The sequence of the Skyline’s business proposals should have triggered government to recheck Skyline’s integrity as a business and its genuineness to the offer,” Mr Maelanga added.
Mr Maelanga stated that the recent revelation of Skyline’s fishy business deals display that the government’s business intelligence may not performing to par, hence may have ill advised the government on the matter.
“The relevant government institutes and agencies should have made an intelligence background check on anycompanyor investors before the government can sign deals with the company,” he added.
“Either our important departments are unmanned or under resourced or even dysfunctional.
“Even PMO’s response is quite vague and very shallow in respect to the scope of the issue, there are a lot of questions than answers – it is the responsibility of the government of the day to explain to the nation on such dealings.
“Of course building houses for public servants should be a noble undertaking – however critical information needs to be disseminated to the general public on the whole policy.”