The circus goes on, but who cares!

AUDITOR General (AG), Mildred Chiri, has tabled reports in the National Assembly that make for sad reading.

A perusal of the voluminous documents produced by the AG, who must be commended for her courage in telling it like it is, confirms what we had long feared; that there is a complete break-down of corporate governance practices in government, where everything seems to have gone horribly wrong.

The maladministration, corruption, poor oversight, and plunder of public funds in ministries, parastatals, statutory bodies and government agencies has been left to go unchecked such that it has now reached alarming proportions.

It may just be a matter of time before we plumped to the levels of strife-torn Afghanistan, ranked the worst governed country in the world and where in 2009 alone, the Kabul administration funnelled about $2,5 billion in bribes — roughly one quarter of that country’s Gross Domestic Product.

In some of the previous editions of our sister publication, the Daily News, it was reported that 15 Sate-owned enterprises are on the verge of collapse because of rampant mismanagement, undercapitalisation and graft.

One of the parastatals, the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, paid $25 000 in fees to a non-existent board.

At the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, $28 million used to fund the 2012 national census cannot be accounted for, while the Defence ministry was mum on the whereabouts of $2 million, which they cannot account for.

At public hospitals, where patients cannot access essential drugs due to poor funding, there is also unbridled abuse of the taxpayer’s money and hospital fees, with machinery at some of the institutions, lying idle.

The list is endless.

This could just be a microcosm of the rot gripping our society, which calls for comprehensive reforms to improve the nation’s hygiene.

Short of a root-and-branch shake-up that starts with the government itself that requires a major overhaul of its systems, it may just be a matter of time before it becomes a dog’s breakfast in the civil service.

Sadly, there is no political will in the Executive to confront the decadence.

Government should have swiftly responded to these damning revelations by the AG by assigning competent forensic auditors to dig deep into her findings to enable the long arm of the law to catch up with those who are abusing public funds, while at the same time uprooting incompetent civil servants that are a burden to the taxpayer.

One government minister has suggested that government should establish a committee to look into Chiri’s reports. What for?

Who doesn’t know that government uses committees to buy time and wash its hands on issues that might blow up right in its face?

There has never been political will on its part to ensure that justice is done to adverse reports produced by the AG, including taking up Chiri’s recommendations.

Since her appointment on February 24, 2004, Chiri has been churning out reports alerting government to its shortcomings but her advice and findings have been ignored time without number.

This has been the trend, even during Eric Harrid’s time and even before then.

These voluminous reports are gathering dust in high offices. And life goes on!

There must be a good explanation why government is not acting on these reports.

We cannot help but suspect that the ruling Zanu PF party, its officials and senior government officials are benefiting from this rot because they should have descended on the bureaucracy like a tonne of bricks if their hands were clean.

The blame, however, lies with us Zimbabweans.

We have not been able to push President Robert Mugabe’s government to account.

We have also been too soft with our representatives, be they councillors, Members of Parliament or Senators, whom we treat with kid gloves.

In certain instances, we have been hero-worshipping people whom we elect into public offices instead of insisting on servant leadership.

The end result has been that the public servant has become an arrogant master, who has become greedy in the process.

The AG has done her part. Her role is to provide independent assurance that governmental activities are carried out, and accounted for consistent with Parliament’s intentions.

It is now up to Parliament to exercise its oversight role to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.


 

Comments (3)

Dictatorship may be one of the reason why our old leader is so much fond of countries like China but the big difference is that countries like China do not tolerate corruption and plundering of national resources by the ruling elite.They have got the stiffest punishments in terms of their law when it comes to public officials stealing from the government and other public offices .The result is a booming economy which is the world second largest after USa.Here in Zimbabwe we are under the twin burden of dictatorship and and a comatose economy.I remember a few years ago watching on Press TV a former mayor of one of the cities in China being sentenced life in jail for corruption when he was still in office.In Zimbabwe the more corrupt ministers and public officials are,the more their chances of getting promoted.If it were in China,the likes of Obert obedient son Moyo,Jonathan Jonso,Moyo,Saviour Tyson Kasukuwere,in fact the whole of The old dictator's cabinet would have been behind bars a long time ago.

Janana wa Bikaz - 3 July 2017

Dictatorship may be one of the reason why our old leader is so much fond of countries like China but the big difference is that countries like China do not tolerate corruption and plundering of national resources by the ruling elite.They have got the stiffest punishments in terms of their law when it comes to public officials stealing from the government and other public offices .The result is a booming economy which is the world second largest after USa.Here in Zimbabwe we are under the twin burden of dictatorship and and a comatose economy.I remember a few years ago watching on Press TV a former mayor of one of the cities in China being sentenced life in jail for corruption when he was still in office.In Zimbabwe the more corrupt ministers and public officials are,the more their chances of getting promoted.In Zimbabwe the looting continues unabated

Janana wa Bikaz - 3 July 2017

they need tsvangirai in power.....chikurubi pfeee

chatunga - 4 July 2017

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