Ministers corrupt label misplaced: Mnangagwa

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said Zimbabweans are innovative when it comes to stealing, adding that people who label ministers as corrupt are “misplaced”.

Answering a journalist who had questioned how the government was going to do deal with corruption on their mooted $500 million agriculture programme, during a press conference in Harare, Mnangagwa said: “Zimbabweans are very innovative. They may find a window of stealing from that scheme”.

“...but we cannot be afraid of implementing a good programme because someone stole something last year, so we are going to implement this,” he said.

The programme will see identified farmers being given irrigation equipment and farming inputs and are required to commit five tonnes per hectare to government as repayment for inputs.

“Those who would be found wanting, the records are there, you must pay there is nothing that is for free and if you are found corrupt we have our courts to deal with you.

“...the perception that the corruption is in Cabinet and not with you is misplaced”.

In recent months, analysts and opposition parties have savaged the Zanu PF government saying the main source of the current economic woes is “corrupt ministers”.

The Cabinet ministers have also been criticised for taking advantage of programmes meant to benefit the people to line their pockets like the controversial land reform and indigenisation policies.

However, Mnangagwa said they were going to implement stiff measures on those found on the wrong side of the law.

“The extension officers in the ministry of Agriculture will supervise those in the programme.

“More than 2 000 farmers will come into this programme and I think the ministers do not exceed 1 000, you can count your fingers as well, you can get all the ministers from that, so don’t be afraid of ministers being corrupt.

“Secondly, I don’t think all ministers are farmers, I am a farmer but I am not corrupt and I am very productive. Currently, I produce ten tonnes per hectare. This season we... harvested 7,8 tonnes per hectare but my average is ten.

“We hope that every farmer who comes into this programme is a serious farmer.”

Comments (12)

Ministers should be out of this project because they had their share already .

Gumandafa - 27 July 2016

Ministers are thieves, including Dhakisi himself. Finish and klarr

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 27 July 2016

Look who is talking, he is only second to his boss.

Galore - 27 July 2016

are you looking for the most dangerous thieves in Zimbabwe? let me help you for no pay: 1. joice mujuru stole diamonds for 3,5 billion from chiyadzwa; half of all the commercial buildings in bandura, several farms in cahoots with Solomon and a doctorate degree from the uz. 2. Robert Mugabe who stole a wife from goreraza, a series of elections from the mdc-t and the people of Zimbabwe, power from the war vets, several farms around the country. 3. didymus mutasa- 35 tractors, 11 farms; gina chombo- at least 5 farms; several kasickvere- at least 5 farms. the list is very long but at least you now know the main culprits.

josphat mugadzaweta - 27 July 2016

Munangagwa, you can say what you like but you know the real truth. However, that aside, stand up and be a man. Be bold enough to tell RG that he is past his sell by date, and to hold the country and its citizens to ransom on the pretext that you are being diplomatic is cowardice. Time is running out and the people are suffering. PLEASE STOP PLAYING THE NICE GUY CARD AND STOP THIS ROT. AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE ONE WHO CAN STOP IT!!!!

MR COOPER - 27 July 2016

MR Ngwena nyaya yamatanga iyi that's way we are saying Zunu pf yaora......for us to give you support tell mukuru kuti kwai maka of selling you as a candidate is past and take charge.... after that mr ngwena carry all the reforms project for a free and fair for only six month them we will give you a pump and rimember you for that after six /after elections we need someone who is clean whom we can sell and acceptable to everyone including the international community and reverse all dirty work and start afresh....afresh a new force no fight all with too much wealth must put back 3/4 of it to the state coffers we start with you.....then everyone must follow nation we will never move forwad if we fail to address this and after that any corrupt practice will attract a stiff penalty include banning that person to hold any political office

dofo - 27 July 2016

Hiding with your finger won't help you ZanuPf looters

Mugabereka - 28 July 2016

Th VP I think, with due respect, will struggle to get support if he continues the denial strategy. Facts are there the ministers and government officials are totally corrupted. This is a fact. We want to know how you will deal with corruption. I can predict that that US500 million will amount to nothing.

Cde Sinjonjo - 28 July 2016

Is it a strange coincidence that every program the govt ever implemented lacks controls. From vetting to remove riff raff and evaluation and corrective mechanisms. For a prospective presidential candidate to work through hope is, in itself, offering hopelessness. Do we not have proficient project managers in this country..real people who can see real projects from inception right up to maintenance?

Sagitarr - 28 July 2016

How do we expect vp to supervise and impliment good ideas when fudgets like mahoka n this hure frm mutare are allowed to denigrate him in public.Johnathan Moyo yu must see what yu created.Zvido zvako.hendei

viola gwena - 28 July 2016

Very interesting that Emmer thinks we do not know his shenanigans. Right now Rugare Gumbo has awarded Geicker and China Habour the tender for Masvingo/Chirundu. The initial value was 2.2 Billion yet when it got to his office for the final signing, it was inflated to 2.7 Billion. Now Emmer who is getting that half Billion? This despite the fact that the Group 5 consortium offer was 2 Billion plus a track record. The walls have ears.

Zacc - 28 July 2016

I pity the fools that put their trust in this man, they will wail more than the morons (those that are still surviving at least) that now cower in shame for putting mgabe at the helm. It will all end in tears

Galore - 28 July 2016

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