'Leaders fuelling corruption'

HARARE - Harare lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni, who runs an anti-graft organisation, has said corruption is being fuelled by leaders who abuse the youths for personal gain.

Mthombeni said this while making a presentation on the role of youths in the fight against corruption in Krakow, Poland, where he represented Zimbabwe at the International Youth to Youth Summit that ended on Sunday.

“Corruption does not originate from the youths…but it originates and is mainly perpetrated by people in high offices. Youths on their own cannot fight corruption, they also need help. The youths are simply copying or imitating their parents or leaders.

“The behaviour of today’s youths is simply reflective of what they see their parents and leaders in society doing. As such our elders or leaders must mend their ways first before we can expect much from the current generation of youths in so far as fighting corruption is concerned,” Mthombeni said.

According to a recent report by corruption watchdog, Transparency International, Zimbabwe ranks among the most corrupt countries in southern Africa.

According to Mthombeni  Zimbabwe is failing to tackle the corruption scourge, which he said now pervades both the public and private sectors.

However, in his presentation, Mthombeni, who is the Zero Tolerance-wise Youth Trust founder, said leaders should come clean and be exemplary in the fight against corruption.

Mthombeni said for people to effectively fight against corruption, resources must be availed.

“The truth of the matter is that the world over, youths are being abused by individuals for their own selfish benefits,” Mthombeni said, citing politicians as the main perpetrators.

He said, youths are unable to fight corruption because of lack of resources, adding that leaders sometimes push them to participate in political violence.

“…even if the youths report cases of alleged corruption and similarly bad practices nothing is done or they are victimised and fear is instilled in other youths,” he said.

Comments (3)

Straight-talking. Thumbs up for you Mthombeni. The time of fearing reprisals for talking straight is over. The destroyer of our country can threaten to silence us by bringing his dimunitive friends to monitor our communications but it will all come to naught.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 27 April 2016

the maignancy has metastased to the youths mr mutomben. all of us are into corruption one way or another, willingly or unwillingly! for pple to survive and spare the $ one has to do something shaddy & underhand, from parking a car to getting a tender. we are in a vicious circle and breaking the yoke & chains as mammoth as taking everest on foot. however welldone for coming out against the odds who purpotes all things to be fine.

SaManyika Chaiye - 27 April 2016

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