Diamonds scandal tip of the iceberg

EDITOR — The fact that President Robert Mugabe rebukes one of his fringe comrades at a luncheon does not inspire confidence that corruption is going to be nipped in the bud.

This looks like a sacrifice to critics.

Is Godwills Masimirembwa not just another Chris Kuruneri?

Time will tell.

Surely, what is $4 million to a minion like Godwills? There are bigger things happening in the underworld of corruption.

Recently, President Mugabe was quoted saying that the fact that someone in Zanu PF has become rich does not mean he is corrupt.

While it may be true, the public is interested in knowing the source of income of public officials.
When a minister invests $20 million in a take-over transaction, the authorities must immediately institute investigations and be certain the minister is clean.

We are now so accustomed to corruption to the extent that we feel some have a right to it.

Masimirembwa’s case is only the tip of an iceberg. Interestingly, it’s been months after the revelation by former SA President Thabo Mbeki that Zimbabwean officials were demanding bribes from investors.

Why has it taken so long to reveal the identity of the corrupt official? Was it about protecting the image of the party before elections?

If one person goes to State enterprises and parastatals and sees the surnames of people working there, one will be shocked — for example go to MMCZ, ZMDC, TelOne, NetOne, NRZ, etc. The  names of officials there are familiar ones.

Furthermore, if that same person goes to State Procurement Board and sees who is winning tenders and follows up to see the directorship of the various briefcase companies, that person will be shocked as well.

If our society is to be corruption-free, we just have to eradicate the entitlement mentality that these thieves are habituated to.

Just a couple of months ago, the Anti-Corruption Commission was harassed for investigating cases of suspected corruption by high-ranking officials.

At the end, members of the commission were begging for freedom. The level of immunity is heart-breaking!

TC,

Harare

Comments (1)

i want people to know that corruption is not just taking place high in our beloved government only but everywhere. and what is fuelling it is that no relevant authority is takin action against such things leaving the masses with no option but to keep quiet. but shld these people be allowed to continue ruining our country like this? These people should be made to pay dearly,, but the question will remain,, by who? I am one who seeks that,, and will work to ensure it even without any policing or war experience. i wil commit my time and the little resource i have. i will start at the lower levels going up, clearly stating the aims. the are a million people out there with the same thoughts,, lets fight it individually or collectively, being worry of the Judases, we will achieve our goals just like the Arabs are doing

The Eye - 23 September 2013

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