Is it too hard to act on corruption?

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government has many times flattered only to deceive in matters involving corruption.

Mugabe himself has hit the table many times, told delegates at Zanu PF conferences that he would not tolerate corrupt colleagues, but those warnings fell on deaf ears.

It is not surprising that since the Willowgate scandal which claimed the scalps of Mugabe’s cronies among them key ministers and longtime friends, Zimbabwe is yet to witness arrests of bigwigs fingered in graft.

This is despite many audits adducing evidence of grand theft by senior officials, at times including Zanu PF chefs.

Cobwebs and dust have since covered these probes.

No headway has been made, at least judging by the silence regarding the matter, in the claims that former Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation (ZMDC) chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa demanded and received a $6 million bribe from a Ghanaian investor.

When a president makes such serious allegations we expect swift response from those tasked to investigate and prosecute. In the absence of such course of action, all count for nothing.

This is why it is disheartening to note that efforts that have been undertaken by Mugabe’s ministers such as Jonathan Moyo to try and nip corruption are already being undermined.

Moyo has spiritedly campaigned against obscene salaries and acts of corruption permeating parastatals.

His colleague, Local Government minister Ignatious Chombo, has waded into the muddied waters at government entities by sensationally backing a man suspended for insubordination.

Tendai Mahachi, the Harare City Council, town clerk suspended for refusing to submit the salary schedules of top managers at the municipality, is back at work after Chombo’s intervention.

This is not only mindboggling but an assault on those driving to have transparency and order at parastatals, including municipalities.

What makes Mahachi’s case curious is that Chombo himself has been against huge salaries at local municipalities which he says are not backed by service delivery.

It is not difficult to deduce contrasting interests in the Zanu PF government; there are those who want to start a new era and those who believe some people are untouchables.

Whichever way one looks at government’s priorities, good governance and the rule of law do not occupy the highest rungs of the priority ladder.

And Mugabe appears powerless to stamp his foot on his colleagues.

So is there any commitment to ending corruption, Mr President?

Comments (9)

Chombo fears quite a lot will be unearthed. What is he afraid of. The Council should use all legal channels to have the investigation continue.

Jori - 4 February 2014

There will never be a commitment to ending corruption until the head of the ministry of corruption ie the sitting president is removed and made accountable to an independent court of law and that wont be any time soon. No gang member is going to sell out another, remember its a well oiled machine that has been institutionalised for 34 years. We the people are to blame as we have blindingly voted them into office year after year .We are too stupid to think for ourselves that's the bottom line.

ronaldos - 4 February 2014

It all starts from the head going to the bottom. If the head is corrupted, the whole body will be equally corrupted. To deal with corruption therefore means starting at the top and that is why Mugabe can't stamp his feet on his colleagues. I smell a rat

tk - 4 February 2014

It is not too hard but actually it is a taboo in Zimbabwe to act on corruption.

Exiled - 4 February 2014

Mr. Robert Mugabe is the High Priest of the Mafia we call government of Zimbabwe. Mr Robert Mugabe is not a principled man or leader as the president corruption is like kids stealing sugar to him. Remember its the same President who refused Land audit and refused election audit. No one was ever convicted for corruption during his presidency. We have corrupt government, corrupt army, corrupt police, corrupt educational system, corrupt traditional leaders, corrupt religious leaders etc. The root of all this is the High Priest of corruption the president himself. We cannot expect anything from Mr Robert Mugabe because this is the solid foundation on which his leadership is built. Any effort to address it is his end. Only the civilian population can change it and no one else. This change can only manifest if stop this passiveness

Favorite - 4 February 2014

Mr. Robert Mugabe is the High Priest of the Mafia we call government of Zimbabwe. Mr Robert Mugabe is not a principled man or leader as the president corruption is like kids stealing sugar to him. Remember its the same President who refused Land audit and refused election audit. No one was ever convicted for corruption during his presidency. We have corrupt government, corrupt army, corrupt police, corrupt educational system, corrupt traditional leaders, corrupt religious leaders etc. The root of all this is the High Priest of corruption the president himself. We cannot expect anything from Mr Robert Mugabe because this is the solid foundation on which his leadership is built. Any effort to address it is his end. Only the civilian population can change it and no one else. This change can only manifest if stop this passiveness

Favorite - 4 February 2014

This is just a sign of a deeper torment, frustration at the current state of things. This is displaced anger, I want to throw a stone at the leaders but that will leave my children parent less. So this hungry petty defenceless criminal will have to do. This is with reference to quality of life. I mean we live with no electricity, no water as if they are part of the six killer diseases we learnt at school in the eighties. A country where a person who earns $800 lives a life worse than someone earning the equivalent of 200 dollars in south Africa. Not to mention the perennial blood suckers the police on the road. Our heroes are blood and sex thirsty men. Who use they power to please the women the abuse for the sake of money, by arresting and convicting other perpetrators such as the church guy. Yet they loot public funds, have wives in every neighbourhood . Where do you think cash bets millions went, I bet you it was spent on that glory h...... Be worried if you have a pretty wife for the leaders can simply take her and give you an educational scholarship. Ask one broadcaster and one army guy though they seem to be doing well for them selves. Go to Sheraton the tourism top guys keep whole rooms or is it floor where they bed young girls nightly in exchange for hot air. There is no modelling industry in zim so its hot air. Go and sit by the foyer or reception. You will see them night after night Countless others have had their wives sexed up by lessor powerful criminals. Ministers secretaries, girls in smaller towns being sexed up by a CIO badge you name it. Its not blood that people want its a decent life full of quality. Imagine coming from where ever you korokoza at night and all you are thinking is I hope kune magetsi. I hope kuchine kanyama kumba. Zvino zvanda shaya chingwa what will they carry to school. Ahhhh please man. No wonder the women have become predators themselves. IT is time to close shop and start agin somewhere so my kids can know a better life.

A sad father - 5 February 2014

Let them loot....if they looted votes, what more about USD cash!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 5 February 2014

For those who were not yet born or were too young to follow events, one of those convicted for the Willowvale scandal is now our ambassador to China.

machakachaka - 5 February 2014

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