Corruption is all around you President

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe was unusually candid with his juniors at the Zanu PF conference in Gweru.
He lambasted corruption, so rife in Zanu PF and state institutions that include Zimra and the police.

Mugabe is attempting to reconnect with citizens on issues and challenges that we face every day.

These include numerous roadblocks where one is asked to pay bribes, and corruption at border posts condemned in public by Zimra but essentially institutionalised in the operations of the tax collector.
More importantly as pointed by Mugabe, his ministers demand bribes from would-be investors, thereby depriving ordinary Zimbabweans a chance at employment and nationally a denial of economic growth and revenue generation.

The people of Zimbabwe might also want to know that.

Cases of lost investment as a result of greedy Zanu PF officials have thwarted million-dollar investments.

The sad part is that this information is not new to Mugabe, nor is he unaware of the corrupt in his party.

In the final analysis the threats by Mugabe are empty and part of electioneering.

As citizens we cannot wait for Mugabe to start monitoring corruption that will take place from the conference going forward when there exist mountains of documents and information that the president can act on immediately if he is serious at all.

Sitting with the president in Cabinet are men and women who have looted agricultural inputs, who looted from the Reserve Bank, who looted commercial and residential stands in Harare and other centres.

The president need not go any further than the Comptroller General’s reports which detail the levels of corruption and decadence within Mugabe’s inner circle. The ministers have stolen cars, laptops, desks and chairs and God knows what else according to these reports.

While the MDC has struggled with corruption within councils, the party has at least and I emphasise at least, expelled some councillors and officials for corrupt activities.

Mugabe cannot therefore stand up and pontificate on his abhorrence of corruption when it is all around him and the evidence is indeed all around him. Mugabe can only take action if he is serious and cannot hide behind empty words that he does not know who is doing what.

In any case if there is suspicion of certain actions by his ministers then he has every right to order security agents to investigate. Zimbabwe’s problems are as much about governance, politically-motivated violence as they are about corruption.

And I agree with the Chinese entirely that the fish rots from the head, so if there are challenges with corruption, let us trace them to the source and that leads us to State House and Munhumutapa Building.

The threats by Mugabe to take action are therefore empty as corrupt ministers know that nothing can be done to them, now or in the future. The whole Zanu PF system and the government since 1980 has been bedevilled by serious corruption, and yet only token action has been taken.

The evidence is there Mr President on who looted the National Housing Fund, the war veterans’ funds, Arda, DDF, Zupco, Ziscosteel, you name it. For this reason no one takes Mugabe seriously.

The anti-corruption statements might be a good observation by the president, but he is certainly not the man to tackle this scourge.

Corruption is part of the system he presides over, it defines relations within his party, it runs in the blood of Zanu PF, the party leaders eat, drink and smoke corruption; it cannot be removed without removing Zanu PF itself.

In others words it will take more than Mugabe to remove corruption in Zimbabwe. For this reason we dismiss the president’s threats and dare him to take action on the basis of tonnes of available information. - David Mutomba

Comments (1)

They will never stop corruption here, it's gone too far now. Also it starts at the top so we have to remove zpf.

Peter Macklyn - 16 December 2012

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