Shut up, George Charamba told

HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has called upon President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba to shut up and let the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) carry out its constitutional mandate and investigate any official involved in graft regardless of social status or political rank and without undue interference.

The opposition party’s comments come at a time when some high-ranking Zanu PF officials are seemingly hell-bent on frustrating the current blitz that is targeting top party officials, including permanent secretaries and heads of parastatals.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the party supported the anti-graft commission’s latest clampdown that seems to have ruffled feathers, including in president Robert Mugabe’s office.

The raids seem to have irked some government officials, with the State media leading the crusade against Zacc, a supposedly independent body that Mugabe’s spokesperson Charamba now accuses of behaving like a “rattlesnake”.

In light of Charamba’s panicky response, Gutu said, the attack on the anti-corruption exercise showed that officials in the governing party have something to hide.

“The guilty are always afraid,” he said.

The Daily News was the first to break the news about the raids on parastatals last week, before a State weekly reported on the same matter on Sunday.

“I really wished they knew the kind of chaos they triggered in government with the stories they planted through the national press,” Charamba said.

Speaking to the Daily News, Gutu however, said Charamba has no authority to tell Zacc on how to handle its job, including conducting investigations.

“…Charamba has got absolutely no business and/or constitutional mandate to order Zacc who to and who not to investigate.

“The Zacc is an independent constitutional commission that should be left to carry out its duties without any undue and improper interference from the likes of . . . Charamba or indeed, from anyone for that matter,” he said.

He said Charamba must be investigated over his involvement in some of the companies where he was a board member.

“Charamba should just shut up and let Zacc carry on with its constitutional mandate to investigate all issues of corruption,” he said.

Zacc has in the past been accused of being a “toothless bulldog” after failing to record meaningful investigations in a country where corruption is rife.

“All the culprits, no matter who they are, should be promptly brought to book and the stolen funds should also be repatriated to Zimbabwe. It is only when this is done that the nation will sincerely believe that the anti-corruption blitz that was announced a couple of days ago is genuine and not just another façade meant to wood-wink the suffering and toiling masses of Zimbabwe,” said Gutu.

Comments (16)

What we all know deep down our hearts is that Charamba is one of the looters of our national economy, he is one of those who survive in polluted politics.

The Observer - 9 June 2016

vanhu imbavha avha they just want to make you believe kuti vakuita the right thing ivo pasina gavatsvange kwakayenda 15 billion kwete twuchange utwo.

bigi matiza - 9 June 2016

Charamba is very scared. His loot at PSMAS is well recorded and must be followed up. His hands are probably dirty at ZBC if proper investigations are made. He is trying to bully ZACC, but we know all those close to Mugabe are thieves togetjhert with their boss who prefers to look the other way when the boys are thieving because they also know his thieving ways, and learn ver well from theur Captain Tsotsi.

Dhonato - 9 June 2016

Dont panick.its only an investigation. Noone will be arrested wthout a proper charge.so dont stress if yu are not guilty.but if yu are guilty then run,do t waste time .

viola gwena - 9 June 2016

Charamba is panicking because he is also involved in some issues at ZBC. Why become the spokesperson for the action Director-General at zbc? He was busy looting PSMAS and now is attacking zacc. Let zacc do its job and if you are innocent let the due process take its course. Charamba ajaira kuba pose paanofamba naMugabe kunze kwenyika. Ask Jonathan Moyo and he will tell you more about Charamba

Dunga - 9 June 2016

of all the people, i did not expect to get such response from Charamba. How can you clear yourself through the media? Let the ACC clear you for any wrong doing. Do you think you are more important than others? What makes you feel so special? Vana Nyagumbo varipi ne corruption? They should sacrifice you because you are a civil servant not a politician like what you lie to the people. Kufandada is a qualified lawyer for your own information and akabata vana tanyanyiwa vaizviti havabatiki and apa uchapasura chete.

Pasipemuswe - 9 June 2016

@viola gwena - if your comrades in your so-called patriotic front party heed your advice - the govt will close down. i doubt that anyone senior is clean in this so-called govt.

Sagitarr - 9 June 2016

Charamba knows he has something to hide hence the panic. Zacc must be allowed to do its investigations including investigate the corrupt ridden so called president's office.

Inyika - 9 June 2016

Ngaimbovharwa Zim Gvt kuti pashaye anovhiringidza commission, becoz vanourawa

mukoki - 9 June 2016

THE GOOD THING ABOUT THE PRESENT SPATE OF INVESTIGATION S IS THAT EVEN IF THESE THIEVES /CULPRITS ARE CURRENTLY PROTECTED BY THE MAJOR LOOTERS, THE COLLECTED EVIDENCE WILL BE VERY USEFUL IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. VICTORY IS CERTAIN.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 9 June 2016

@Saghi my brother,corruption shuld never be an excuse.never to be encouraged.we want clean politicians ,that use brains to prosper,nt thieving.I have always said Ngwena is misunderstood on the reasns of uprooting corruption.He wants a clean government,respected by its pple AND police force.His Excellency cde Mugabe is in agreement,tottal agreement .Thats why he has emptied prisons for these new vasungwa.The prisons have been instructed tho to clean up the cells n make toilets work.its a good gesture for the incoming.

viola gwena - 9 June 2016

@viola gwena,have you read today's herald?Anti-corruption is targeting ZPF Mujuru led.ZPF is now an opposition purportedly feared by ZANU PF since it is planning to form a coalition with MDC-T.Rush to herald on line number 2 headline,'Govt plots end to cash crisis.'Read the comments

Nkululeko - 9 June 2016

Mugabe ndivo baba veCorruption. That bguy is so rotten. no onder why he looks away hama dzake dzichiba. vanotonyorana. Zvikomo zvinotambidzana mhute paumbavha! Kana ari Gire jatichatombotauri from that national housing scheme etc, Sally was in Willowvale...Bob ane achingotamba ari mune dzese obairira vamwe kana zvadhuuka.

Dhonato - 9 June 2016

Again,noone shuld be scared to be investigated if one is innocent,whether in zanu,mdc,zpf,uanc.investigations are meant to exonerate yu.so why feel the heat bfo the investigation?why getting jumpy. Face the law like a man.Yu call yoself a strong man bt the sight of a cop yu yu hav manyokas.Just open yo books and show them what the cops want.be a man.

viola gwena - 10 June 2016

The ZAAC must also look at high ranked security chiefs who are blood sucking the economy at the mess of the juniors. Check the ZRP, ZNA or CIO. Its now a chorus where they sing from the same hym book- corruption.

Mawuwa - 10 June 2016

CHARAMBA SHUT UP!!!!!!!!

FARAI - 10 June 2016

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