Unite against corruption

EDITOR — The world will today be commemorating World Anti-Corruption Day.

One of the biggest scourges in Zimbabwe is corruption and it has greatly stalled development in the country.

Graft has proved costly to the country. Most of the country’s State enterprises have either collapsed or are on the brink as a result of this ill.

Steel giant Ziscosteel was fleeced of cash and equipment until it went on its knees.

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is performing below capacity today and yet it is supposed to be the cheapest mode of transport.

Signals are not working on most railway tracks and personnel have resorted to using cell phones to warn of approaching traffic on the same line.

The Dabuka-Harare electric train ceased to operate several years back following vandalisation of the power line.

The country’s economy is on its knees largely because of corruption, which has become endemic and has not spared the private sector.

If the state of affairs in the country is allowed to go unchecked, the country will not move forward.

The main problem that has become a major hindrance to the fight against corruption is the lack of political will among the country’s politicians who have continued to enrich themselves at the expense of the welfare of the general public.

In order for us to prosper as a nation, we have to put in place mechanisms to safeguard public institutions against corrupt elements, especially at management level of parastatals.

Institutions such as the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which are of strategic importance, have been reduced to mere shadows of their real selves.

In this regard, they end up losing their integrity hence it will be difficult for them to foster a spirit of togetherness.

Now that the farming season is upon us, government must ensure that farming inputs are distributed fairly regardless of political affiliation.

The politicisation of farming inputs and food aid have often fuelled corruption and nepotism.

As law abiding citizens, we must strive to make Zimbabwe the best country we wish it could be.

This will inculcate the spirit of patriotism in which we regard national institutions as strategic apparatus which help not only in the implementation of government policies but also act as strategic safeguards against corruption.

Government must also ensure that they pay civil servants well so that they are discouraged from participating in corrupt activities.

We should all get united as Zimbabweans and fight corruption from at all levels and salvage what is left of our ailing economy.

Desire Murwira

Comments (2)

This is a stupid article. You want who to unite with who? the only way t sort things out is the one you idiots are afraid to mention. Shut up until you have the balls to say it.

liz - 16 December 2014

Once in our lives, we must stop praising-singing the thieves and work for the good of the country or, else, it will soon be sold to the highest bidder - the Chinese and their friends.

Yepec - 26 December 2014

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