Zim loses $2bn to corruption

HARARE - Zimbabwe lost approximately $2 billion to corruption last year, tax collector Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) said.

This comes as the country was rated among the most corrupt nations in southern Africa in a recent Transparency International (TI) survey, ranking 163 out of 176 countries.

TI’s corruption perception index — ranking countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived — indicated that Zimbabwe’s corruption record continued to worsen after falling nine places from 154 last year.

Gershom Pasi, Zimra’s commissioner-general, yesterday said according to Professor Deon Rossouw of TI, a total $6 billion was corruptly earned in Africa.

“Nigeria was corruptly involved at $3 billion, while Zimbabwe was at $2 billion and South Africa was at $0,7 billion,” he told a Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) symposium on business ethics,  anti-bribery and corruption.

Pasi said corruption in Zimbabwe had reached unprecedented levels and government could not take the fight alone.

“Government needs partnership with the private sector and the society at large. There will be synergies that accrue when the public sector and the private sector join hands,” he said, adding that the “fight against corruption should be grounded in the doctrine and philosophy of ubuntu, a concept whose foundation was based on sound human relations in African societies”.

“It is a deep-rooted African philosophy that carries high values of caring, sharing, inclusivity, compassion, and communalism,” he said.

Eve Gadzikwa, CZI’s business ethics and standards committee chairperson, added that “the country can only successfully implement programmes for socio-economic transformation when it puts same efforts in implementing austerity measures to curb the scourge.”

This comes as government has indicated that it will employ yet another economic blueprint dubbed “Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation” (Zimaset) at a time when corruption has ravaged the meagre financial resources within the economy.

“We cannot have economic development and attract foreign direct investment (FDI) if there is no attention to detail when it comes to bribery and corruption.

“What it does is, whilst you are putting together a programme for socio-economic transformation at the same there are little resources that we have are being drained through corrupt and unethical conduct in government and business,” said Gadzikwa.

Finance deputy minister Samuel Undenge also said corruption had become complex and an interconnected problem and the most effective solutions to it must be collective.

“A multi-dimensional approach to dealing with corruption should be adopted, taking on board both public and private sector solutions,” said Undenge.

He added that government will soon implement measures necessary to stop corruption in all its forms and at all levels of government.

Comments (8)

Kungosongana kundo bhuya chingezi basi asi chabuda hapana..paribe nyamusi..what a joke of a country! izvo zvimeeting izvozvi anhu achife ngenzara ma industry eivhara imweni corruption futi..izwai tsitsi ngeana amunawe!

gutter poet - 23 October 2013

corruption is rampant in the department of home affair ...especially in Passport offices

silungisani ndlovu - 23 October 2013

Corruption is even on the streets with city council parking people pocketing parking fees with street kids ..... we have a big struggle ahead of us!!

cart - 23 October 2013

Churches must take a leading role in fight against corruption. Zimbabwe is a Christian country and about 2/3 of people they go to church. So church leaders must take a lead in fighting corruption because it is a sin that can take the whole country to hell.

RUNESU - 24 October 2013

Corruption must be tackled from the top, zim1 our first citizen that is how we will get rid of it

Tabhoikana - 24 October 2013

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Long Term - 24 October 2013

Whilst it is so true what Gershom is saying about Ubuntu.. I'm amazed at how he cannot teach such to his own lieutenants at Zimra! These guys rank among the most corrupt in the country! Anyone who has dealt with them either at the border or their offices can confirm without any doubt!!!!!! Pasi show us Ubuntu at Zimra first then we can start emulating you!

Lawz - 24 October 2013

ini panongondinetsa ndepanoti kubiwa kunosungwa masuspects nyaya ichi ferefetwa asi pacorruption zvinonzi newakuru wacho tipeievidence first inobuda sei iyo suspect isina kuvharirwa hatisviki warume neawa wamakati watungamiri iwo wari watongi

taipei - 25 October 2013

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