Arrest corrupt ministers to regain trust, Mugabe told

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe must arrest his corrupt ministers, if ever he is to regain the electorate’s trust ahead of the 2018 elections, Norton MP Temba Mliswa has said.

Speaking to the Daily News, the outspoken former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson said the recently-turned 93 leader has been preaching zero tolerance on corruption, but has been acting insincerely.

“To me, and unfortunately, even in winning the (next year’s) elections, there are…issues which Zanu PF cannot deal with; the economy, unemployment and corruption more particularly has hurt the people,” Mliswa said.

“The president will have to arrest 10 to 15 Cabinet ministers and he will certainly get the vote but without doing that, it becomes difficult,” he said, adding that “people are aware of his (Mugabe’s) weaknesses... in not being able to zero-in on corruption. At the end of the day, it is just a talk show”.

Critics and the opposition accuse Mugabe of failing to tackle high-level graft and argue that endemic corruption is one reason investors are reluctant to commit their capital to Zimbabwe.

Mugabe has at times admitted to corruption among his ministers but says police lack the evidence to prosecute.

Mliswa further stated that the succession battle in Mugabe’s Zanu PF party, which has gone into overdrive with tables seeming to be turning against a rival faction reportedly baying for the Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s blood, was more criminal than factional.

Kasukuwere’s so-called Generation 40 (G40) faction, believed to be fronted by Mugabe’s wife, Grace, faces a stiff challenge from Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, an enduring politician known as ngwena — the Crocodile.

Comments (4)

Why oh why do you keep giving coverage to this Mliswa fellow? He talks a lot of tosh, how can the biggest beneficiary of corruption arrest the minnows who do his bidding, does that even make sense? Mliswa knows this like many citizens, afterall fish rots from the head.

Galore - 20 April 2017

his exellence is #1 when we talk of corrupt pple in Zimbabwe , woza 2018 lets get the new president with pple at heart Oginye iZAPU uginye icala satsha ngeZANUloMGABE

safa ngendlala - 21 April 2017

his exellence is #1 when we talk of corrupt pple in Zimbabwe , woza 2018 lets get the new president with pple at heart Oginye iZAPU uginye icala satsha ngeZANUloMGABE

safa ngendlala - 21 April 2017

his exellence is #1 when we talk of corrupt pple in Zimbabwe , woza 2018 lets get the new president with pple at heart Oginye iZAPU uginye icala satsha ngeZANUloMGABE

safa ngendlala - 21 April 2017

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