Economy can't sustain this rot

HARARE - Unfolding scandals at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) and Air Zimbabwe point to deep-seated opacity that has provided a fertile breeding ground for unbridled corruption.

Even more frightening, these deepening and shocking scandals also reflect a poor public accounting system, and the complicity of central government officials whose duty it is to superintend various parastatals where corruption has been allowed to run riot.

One of the major reasons why corruption has reached alarming levels is the appointment of parastatal heads for reasons other than merit.

The situation is even worse when it comes to board of directors for most State enterprises.

Most of these boards that are supposed to provide critical oversight, are stuffed with people whose only qualification in the majority of cases is a party card for the ruling party.

Given an appointment system of parastatal personnel that is largely based on patronage, it is not surprising that accountability has totally disappeared.

Board members look aside while parastatal bosses fatten their wallets because they also benefit from the rot.

To make matters worse, a number of government ministers and permanent secretaries who appoint parastatal bosses and boards are increasingly getting mired in the graft they are supposed to prevent.

These corruptible ministers are comically feigning ignorance as scandals erupt without let-up in parastatals.

If indeed government ministers and permanent secretaries are totally unaware of the pervasive rot in their ministries, then the most honourable thing for them to do is resign.

Zimbabwe, with an economy tottering on the brink of collapse, cannot afford to perpetuate lack of accountability any more.

For us to create an environment that fosters economic growth that we badly need, all arms of government must earnestly subscribe to zero tolerance on corruption.

To begin with, we want our legislators, particularly the various parliamentary portforlio committees, to earn their stripes by vigorously exercising oversight on government ministers, the various government departments and state enterprises.

The scandals that have of late become fodder for newspapers are a clear sign that the checks and balances that are supposed to make our democracy tick have all gone down the drain, sadly under our watch.

Comments (4)

The corruption and obscene salaries are a result of the politicisation of these public entities. Management realised that they could get away with their corrupt activities if they chant ZANU PF hymns such as the sanctions mantra. For example Muchechetere claimed that his management skills at ZBC were hampered by sanctions, the MDC and the imperialist 'machinations'. They also donated handsomely to ZANU PF sponsored events such as the 21st February Movement and offered acres of media spaces for condolences and congratulations to ZANU PF cadres dead and alive to cover up their nefarious looting in the public entities. After all has been said and done management in public entities should NOT earn more than $5000. These are mere service providers and not producers. Envelope journalism is now common in Zimbabwe such that we are not surprised to see some journalists like Matthew Takaona and other bloggers exonerating fat cats such as Cashbert Dube and Happyson Muchechetere.

Nkosi Mambo - 31 January 2014

The corruption culture which a long time ago, gripped our beloved nation is well known by the hard working citizens of this country but for political reasons ignored by the powers that be. We have sang the sanctions chorus until our voices have gone hoarse ignoring the real problem that even a grade 2 school kid can understand. I think it is now that we as Zimbos work for the betterment of the next genaration and not this entitlemnt culture that has been expertly threaded together for the betterment of a few connected. Shame on us all.

mambo - 31 January 2014

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Irrrigation Matters - 3 February 2014

Kwasara ku ma chechi uko kunongo flashwa-flashwa ichinzi yaita zvekunyuka kubva mumapipi . Chokwadi chichabuda pachena kuti inombobvepi mari iyi. The chickens are coming home to roost. I think the current rot in all spheres of the economy finances mapipi emari anoitwa aya. Gore rino.

Zorro - 4 February 2014

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