Mugabe needs honest advisors

HARARE - At nearly 90, President Robert Mugabe is not getting any younger and needs honest advisors who have the interests of the country at heart especially when it comes to investment deals.

In the past few years, ministers and top government officials have scrambled to introduce so-called investors to Mugabe, who unknowingly and trusting the people close to him, approves some investments without proper background checks.

The world over, presidents don’t just meet people all because they claim to have bags of cash to invest.  It does not work that way.

Since yesterday the Daily News, in keeping with its status as the leading investigative newspaper in the country, has been exposing how ministers and top government officials have been conniving with foreign businessmen to launder money and resources from Zimbabwe.

What is striking is that some of the people Mugabe gets to meet through his ministers have questionable records while others are convicted criminals.

Omani businessman Kamal Khalfan, who seems to be well-connected in the Zimbabwe political hierarchy and actually boasts about it, reveals in emails obtained by the Daily News that he has used money to buy influence and trust in the country. What a shame. This is scandalous and Mugabe must act quickly to exterminate such business practises where people get paid to introduce foreign businessmen to politicians and to the president himself. 

If Mugabe is to seriously take corruption head on, then he must desist from receiving so-called foreign investors without proper background information about them.

Surely, in these days of the Internet, how did our government warmly receive the likes of Bulgarian fraudster, Stamen Stanchev, Ghanaian businessmen Kingsely Ghansah and Willian Atto Essien, Sam Pa and even outside business, how did Mugabe meet Ecuadorian’s Reverend Roberto Crespo, a convicted criminal.

This brings the question, how do dubious people get to meet our president without being checked on their backgrounds?

Is it that Mugabe trusts his ministers and top government officials that much or that he ignores advice from his security people?

The problem is that when international fraudsters get to meet Mugabe, they will end up getting all the deals they want in the country to line up their pockets and not to improve our economy.

Our ministers and government officials have become full time dealers and they don’t care about the nation as long as they receive kickbacks from dubious foreign businessmen.

This has to stop if we are to eliminate the leakage of minerals, especially gold and diamonds.

Comments (4)

Mr Editor it is not like Mugabe does not know. He is fully aware about this rot but over the years has turned a blind eye when the resources of the country have been looted left, right and centre and the country has been bled thanks to his policy of cronyism. Mugabe and his gang do not care about the ordinary Zimbabweans for in their eyes we are not people and God should not have created poor people. The country is being bled with Mugabe's blessing. Baba ava vakaoma moyo. It does not matter how much you expose of this rot nothing and absolutely nothing will be done to anyone. He has shouted on top of the roof top about corruption among his sacred cows but has he done about it nothing. Instead thieves in his government get promoted as a reward for corruption. I rest my case

vongai - 7 January 2014

You say Mugabe needs honest advisors who have the interests of the country at heart..... Ko iye? Does he indeed have the interests of the country at heart? Mugabe has only sought to use the century-old aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe to pursue a ruthless self-interest, that is to become "THE MOST REVERED AFRICAN LEADER" who "RESTORED THE DIGNITY OF AFRICANS ABOVE ALL OTHER AFRICAN LEADERS". It is because of such egocentric reasoning that he had a disdan for the late iconic Mandela. In fact Mugabe has always sought to eliminate or slander any leader, within or without, he sees as a threat to "his fathomed honor". The ill-conceived and warped land reform and its sister indegenisation hulabaloo which has bred unimaginable altitudes of corruption in the country, and which in turn has literally brought national development to a halt, are a manifest consequence of the octagenarian's misplaced and reckless ambitions. Because of such self-seeking desires, Mugabe needlessly eliminated people who mattered most in national leadership, thus could have contributed so much towards national development and regeneration. Mugabe caused an unimaginable skills flight never seen in the history of the country. Mugabe's delusion and egoism, has taken Zimbabwe backwards 50 years down the line. He has needlessly exposed Zimbabweans to the machinations of the same people from whom he sought to liberate. Mugabe's warped and draconian philosophies must be rubbished for what they are and be buried with his looming demise. Societal development can never be an individual's preserve but only a collective endeavor. As he departs he will have to go together with the bunch of surrogates he formed around him over the years. Hameno kuti avo vachiripwere vachaitasei.

The truth shall set us free - 7 January 2014

Staff writer, be serious. Is Jonathan & propaganda machinery guest editors this week? Mugabe must show himself to be honest and above reproach first and he will attract people who are same same. Can two walk without agreement? He surrounds himself with those people because they speak the same lingo.

Lt General - 7 January 2014

What's wrong with u staff writer?u don't get it.do u?there is a plethora of good advise for mugabe from pressure groups,opposition parties,ngo's and ordinary zimbabweans but the man/beast does'nt care.people should stop seeing him as an innocent victim, infact he is the worst of them all.zimbabwe is being run by a faceless mafia.i always thought journalists were supposed to have analytical minds,certainly not u.

bmash - 9 January 2014

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