MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai Sunday castigated what he called “shameless and primitive” accumulation of wealth by government officials.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai was addressing party supporters at Lobengula Hall in Bulawayo.
In an apparent reference to Local Government, Rural and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo’s reported massive wealth, Tsvangirai said he was dismayed when he recently read news of Chombo’s wealth.
“He has 15 cars. What does he want to do with all those cars? It is like a baboon that goes into a field and takes a maize cob and puts it under one armpit and then the other side. As it is walking it is attracted to another cob and breaks it again leading to many cobs collecting on the ground,” said Tsvangirai.
“That is primitive accumulation of wealth and it’s a shame.”
He said devolution of power would ensure that all provinces benefited from their resources.
“MDC has national solutions to regional problems than some parties that have regional solutions to regional ethnic problems,” said Tsvangirai.
He said foreign investors were wary of investing in the country because of serious inconsistency in policies.
“You agree on one thing and a week later someone is saying they want to take 51% of a company, something that is not even supported by the Constitution,” said Tsvangirai.
“Investors have come to my office asking ‘what is wrong with your old man?’ His problem is that he makes one decision and changes his mind later,” he said in apparent reference to President Robert Mugabe.
He said once the MDC-T got into power, it would attract direct foreign investment to change the lives of people.
He said many people had been barred from airing their views in the just-ended constitution outreach programme making the exercise flawed.
“I know of Operation Chimumumu in Masvingo where people were barred from contributing in outreach meetings. However, it is better than the status quo,” said Tsvangirai.
“Whatever comes out is better than what is there. It is a transitional document but will give Zimbabweans a chance to speak.”
He called for co-operation with various members of civic society who wanted to bring about change in the country.
“Let us join hands. The other parties that want to remove Mugabe from power should join us. How could we share an animal before it is killed? Let us hunt for it and then we will share the meat after it has been killed,” said Tsvangirai.
“You will hear someone coming eight days before the election saying he is interested in being a President yet he does not even have Members of Parliament to start with,” he said.
Chombo’s alleged wealth has come into the spotlight following demands by his estranged wife Marian for her share of the minister’s property, which includes many vehicles, houses, residential and commercial stands, proceeds from the Chiadzwa diamonds and numerous other properties.
The minister has denied ownership and knowledge of some of the properties which Marian wants part of.
There was public outrage at Chombo’s wealth with some people, including Justice and Legal Affairs deputy minister Obert Gutu, calling for his resignation.