Minister demands bribe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday said one of his ministers demanded a $70 000 bribe from a foreign businessman in order to facilitate a meeting with the leader.

The 90-year-old told senior government officials and securocrats, who attended his belated birthday celebrations organised by the Public Service Commission at a local hotel, that corruption was destroying the country.

He singled out a case where an unnamed  minister, and a woman from Parliament, demanded bribes from a foreign businessman keen on having an audience with him.

“Corruption! Corruption! Corruption! Yatikuvadza, yakuvadza Africa (has destroyed Africa) terribly. I was being told that a businessman who wants to invest was led to a woman in Parliament, and this lady said ‘yes I can take you to more important people but give me    $50 000 and I will open a way for you’. He went to another high placed minister and he (the businessman) said he wants to establish some company ‘take me to the president , Yes,  but give me $70 000’,” he said.

Mugabe said the businessman, who has been led to different people all in attempts to meet him, is now telling all and sundry about the bribery scandal involving his ministers.

“And he (the businessman) is telling the story everywhere and ndozvazviri. (that’s what it is) What sort of people are we? We will punish each other. We punish zvitadzo, zvitadzo we punish. Tinovapanisha pano pasi, Mwari anozopanishawo kudenga. VaZimondi (Paradzai) vanawo majere tinokuendesai ikoko nematie enyu monobviswa ikoko. Takambokuendawo tikaabviswa asi takanga tisina corruption tai-ita zvenyika.”(A crime is a crime. We have prisons here on earth but God will also punish you in heaven. We will send you there in your ties and the prison guards will take them off. We have been to prison ourselves but not on corruption but political charges.)

With the country still riveted with the salary scandals involving parastatal bosses who have been reaping off taxpayers, Mugabe admitted that Zimbabwe is now bogged down by graft  now pervasive even among the law enforcement agents — the police.

“But we don’t want people to undergo unnecessary suffering. But it’s happening everywhere, Chemuhomwe! Chemuhomwe! Chemuhomwe! (bribes, bribes, bribes) Let’s do our work well. We have a very beautiful public service structure. Chirwere ichi chakapindawo nekumapurisa kwese kwese, hatidi izvozvo hakusi kuNigeria kuno,” he said. (The bribery cancer has even spread to the police).

Mugabe warned diamond mining companies in Chiadzwa, which are currently at loggerheads with government as they remit pittance to the treasury, that if officials are caught in shoddy dealings the law will take its course.

“Kwese ikoko kunana Chiadzwa, kunana Marange tinoda kunyatsoona kuti zvanga zvichifamba sei. Kana kune corruption yanga ichiitika ikoko tikaidzumbunura chete people will answer for that (We will be watching every corner to establish what has been happening including the diamond mining areas of Chiadzwa and Marange. Should we unearth traces of corruption people will be brought to book),” Mugabe said.

The president’s threat comes hardly a day after Walter Chidhakwa, Mines minister, said government would rather halt all diamond mining in Marange than let firms operating there continue fleecing the country of millions of United States dollars through understating the real value of the stones they extract and sell through cartels.

Chidhakwa said he was boosting monitoring mechanisms to ensure that the country realises true value from its resources.

Mbada Diamonds, Marange Resources, Anjin Investments, Jinan and Diamond Mining Company have however made it clear that government never approached them on the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust in which they were supposed to contribute $10 million each.

Comments (12)

Nhai HE the other day you want evidence today you hav the evidence instead of telling your zimondi to open the jail gate for the minister muri kutotaura sepasina chakaitika kutaura kudai angadai asina tie ari muremand zvino hey zvakaoma

taipei - 16 March 2014

That's what happens when a country is run like a drug cartel where policies of appeasement are the order of the day. These companies are run by the military and the police hence its all talk and no action on the diamond leakages. Why not just enjoy your looting makanyarara. We are yet to see just one minister arrested for corruption, when we are never short of them. Maybe, this is what ZimAsset is all about. Aluta continua - looting continues.

top heavy - 16 March 2014

kasukuwere you thought you will get away with everything?This zanu that you c was formed way back before you were not even there,the truth will always come out no matter wat,mese naMpofu mbavah dzavevanhu

Rekayi Magunda - 16 March 2014

When will he act? Former RSA president Mbeki gave him names of ministers that demanded bribes from potential investors from SA. What did Mugabe do? Nothing.

Rook - 16 March 2014

Minister demands bribe" Ko vange kutsvaka mari ku wakamboona kupi President asingoni kuti arikuporomota CORRUPTION nokuramba nesimba vese vanoripota kwaari. President you are promoting corruption, perhaps nemiwo muneuori.

John Gwizo - 17 March 2014

Our God has promised to deal with witches and these corrupt evil people during this year's judgement night on the 19th of April 2014 at the National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe. Come and witness the power of God for yourselves first hand and see whether the economy will not transform after the revelation of Jesus Christ during that night

cash the seer - 17 March 2014

toking toking wthout action we are tired of this just loot quitetly to all fellow countrymen suffer continue

tototo - 17 March 2014

Sadly, thats the only action against corruption we have had from the man at the top, public utterances against the corrupt officials. One would be left wondering, is it probably because nobody in that camp can point their dirty finger at others

Tangwena - 17 March 2014

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Nothing new - chakabaya chikatyokera. Tommy Tafirenyika Mapfumo sang about this scourge years ago and then you haunted him out of the country. Talking, taliking, talking! Let's not be like toothless bulldogs. Tendeni!

Dopori - 17 March 2014

with a bit of luck the oldmans eayes are opening up but it will only be temperarly.

jack - 17 March 2014

It's all a smoke screen guys don't get to happy for nothing how many times has this happened check you history not one of them has ever gone to jail.The old man knows whats going on don't be fooled and he also knows that people won't remain patient forever so his trying to buy time but sooner or later the powder keg will exploded and all hell will break loose.

Roland Dube - 17 March 2014

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