Anti-corruption blitz must be genuine and all-embracing

Anti-corruption blitz must be genuine and all-embracing

The MDC welcomes the recent announcement by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to the effect that several individuals and corporations have been formally placed under investigation for corruption.

We have always argued that corruption in Zimbabwe has become so deeply entrenched to the extent that it is permeating through all facets of our lives; from politics, to business, to the churches and even in the field of sport. Corruption is a cancer that has wrecked havoc in the entire socio-economic fabric of our society. As a direct result of corruption in both the public and private sector, billions of dollars worth of taxpayers’ and other public funds have been siphoned out of the country over the past 36 years.

A few months ago and in a rare public admission of the existence of high level corruption, President Robert Mugabe himself stated that no less than $15 billion worth of diamonds from the Marange and Chiadzwa diamond fields has been stolen. Unfortunately, to date, not a single individual and/or corporation or organisation has been held accountable for this staggering theft of diamonds money. Little wonder Zimbabwe is in such a financial and economic mess!

Corruption has become endemic in the Zanu PF government. Day in and day out, we read about reports of Cabinet Ministers and other top level civil servants being implicated in cases of massive corruption. The rot at the Ministry of Energy and at ZESA Holdings is a case in point.What boggles the mind is the fact that in spite of these reports of naked corruption, Energy Minister Samuel Undenge, the ZESA Holdings CEO Josh Chifamba and several other bureaucrats who have been implicated in the $400 million dollar Gwanda solar project scandal are still scot free and reporting for duty as if nothing untoward has happened.It turns out that the Zanu PF regime has never been genuinely interested in firmly identifying, clamping down and ultimately, eliminating corruption. The Zanu PF regime has become insipidly corrupt; from the highest office in the land right down to the shop floor worker. This is just how corrupt this regime has become!

Going forward, the MDC expects the ZACC to not only talk the walk but to also walk the talk. The blitz on corruption must and indeed, should be all-embracing and holistic. No corrupt politician, civil servant, businessperson and/or business entity should escape the clampdown on corruption if at all Zimbabwe is going to meaningfully exorcise the ghost of graft from within our society. In this respect, therefore, the MDC also calls upon the ZACC to immediately institute investigations into how the $15 billion dollars from the country’s diamonds was stolen.

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.

MDC: Equal Opportunities for All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson
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Zanu PF and corruption are like inseperable siamese twins

Zanu PF and Corruption are inseperable siamese twins

The MDC is thoroughly unimpressed with the indifference exhibited by President Robert Mugabe when issues of corruption in his government are exposed. Everyone is getting concerned with the level of inertia that Mugabe continues to show ; particularly when cases of corruption by top government officials are exposed.

The past 36 years under Zanu PF rule shall go down in the history of Zimbabwe as a bunch of wasted decades as a few well-connected individuals became fabulously rich by draining the economy whilst the majority of the people were pauperised and reduced to vendors and beggars in their own country of birth.

Since the Sandura Commission that exposed the Willovale motor vehicles scandal in the 1980s, no other effective remedial action to expose and combat corruption within the public and private sectors has ever been instituted by the Zanu PF regime. Over the past decades, corruption has become part and parcel of the Zanu PF regime's DNA. Zanu PF and corruption have become like inseparable Siamese twins.

The so-called indigenisation policy actually took the ''art'' of corruption to the next level. Senior government officials that passionately and incessantly drove the indigenisation mantra actually became so hopelessly corrupt. They flagrantly abused the power and authority that was entrusted upon them by openly soliciting for bribes and demanding huge kickbacks from company owners and other affected business executives. They became so wealthy that one of them built a 50 bedroom mansion that he hoped to convert into a hotel in case things went the other way. No one spoke a word as it was business as usual within the Zanu PF regime.

In 2014, elephants were poisoned by cyanide. No one from the top government offices ever bothered to check how cyanide was imported. Obviously it was a heavy duty ring. Elephants died in their hundreds. Money changed hands. A few villagers were sacrificed to serve lengthy terms in prison as the real culprits( government ministers) reaped huge profits and walked away scot free.

When one Ignatious Chombo became the Minister of Local Government, he acquired several immovable properties nationwide through blatant and corrupt of office. Little wonder, therefore, that Chombo is now one of the wealthiest Cabinet Ministers in the Zanu PF regime. No one uttered a word. And to date, Chombo is still a free man!

One Cuthbert Dube literally brought down the PSMAS by, amongst other corrupt shenanigans, paying himself a staggering and obscene salary in the sum of $500 000 per month for literally doing nothing. No punitive government action was taken against him except giving him a golden handshake!

Then followed the $15 billion dollars diamonds scandal. President Mugabe casually mentioned the issue and thundered from the podium that such corruption was amazing. The issue was to be investigated; a polite tactic to keep the public anger under control.

Minister Samuel Undenge entered the scene and blindly awarded a $500 million tender to one Wicknell Chivayo, a secondary school dropout from Cranborne Boys' High in Harare who was also an ex convict. The controversial man would splash resources and do nothing on the project. To cover his tracks, he would spoil Grace Mugabe and her children with restaurant meals and designer clothes. He would also do a publicity stunt by rescuing hunger fleeing ladies from Zimbabwe now in Kuwait in search of jobs and livelihood (thanks to the Zanu PF regime's ineptitude). Nothing happened to Samuel Undenge and he still walks free because he is one of the Zanu PF regime's wheeler dealers!

The maddening story goes on and on. Now Zimbabwe is on its knees. The country is now a fully-fledged banana republic as the nation awaits the introduction of bond notes (effectively Zimbabwe dollars by another name) within the next few months. This is the tragic story of Zimbabwe after 36 years of Zanu PF's ruinous and disastrous rule.

MDC: Equal Opportunities for All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson
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