Let the truth free all of us

HARARE - After more than a week, most scandals die down but not with the Nieebgate Scandal.

The ghost of this advisory miscarriage and the accompanying financial improprieties seem defensible only to those that have either benefitted already or stand to reap immense personal benefits if left unchallenged.

This is where, as the Daily News, we say NO.

Let the truth free us all.

If our suspicions and suppositions are proven wrong, we will be the first to acknowledge and apologise to all concerned.

But to date, given the weight of evidence before us, we remain emboldened everyday by the nasty testimonials of impropriety being revealed to us by those within and outside the corridors of power.

And we hasten to say that we hold no brief for anybody in or from any political party; Zanu PF, MDCs or any one for that matter.

We hold no brief either for or from RBZ Governor Gideon Gono, who has unfortunately come under a barrage of attacks from people who this nation knows should be the last ones to throw a stone.

The people we hold a brief for are Zimbabweans, regardless of their political, religious or ethnic affiliation.

To them, we owe unqualified allegiance when it comes to telling it as it is without fear or favour.

The truth of the matter is that the deals struck so far stink to high heavens and that has nothing to do with President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara or their respective parties.

Also, the timing of our exposé has nothing to do with the timing of the referendum, election or any other calendar — religious or political.

It is therefore a misdirection of intelligence to put forward what is clearly an invalid hypothesis to the motivation of our publication of what could potentially turn out to be the largest scam since independence.

We also reject attempts by key players in this game to hide behind their party programmes as no party worth its salt can ever sanction corruption, more so when faced with an election.

We view these antics as intimidatory at best and foolish at their worst just as we dismiss the indergarten notion that all those in the private media have no patriotic blood in their veins.

We also reject attempts to cow us through fronting an otherwise honourable retired Lieutenant General Mike Nyambuya, now chairperson of Nieeb to defend the indefensible, more so when we all know that he was appointed chairperson long after these deals had started and advisors appointed verbally as the Brainworks Capital letter we published yesterday confirmed.

We respect the retired general as we do all other arms of our security, law enforcement as well as intelligence forces and hope that they too will see how rotten these deals are.

The real culprits must speak rationally, unemotionally and factually for themselves.

If they have messed up, they must apologise to the people of Zimbabwe first and foremost and to their political parties and bosses rather than try to sink their parties alongside their own personal fortunes as if they shared or were going to share the spoils with their parties, a fact we know was not the case!

We rather take heart with the mature comment from minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa who said: “If anyone got involved in corrupt deals we will deal with them.”

This is a mature reaction from a seasoned politician not the bombastic reactions we have been seeing so far.

A true test for any party seeking to rule Zimbabwe exclusively is how it deals with embarrassing episodes that erupt during its life and hiding the truth from the people is hardly the best way to earn their respect and endorsement.

We rest our case and reiterate our call for a full scale investigation into the Nieebgate Scandal.

The sooner the better for all, as we must put this matter behind us and forge ahead with transparently indigenising the economy and genuinely empowering the majority, not individuals.

In exposing this stinking scandal, we are defending our country from vultures for future generations to prosper.

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