Award-winning theatre actor, director and producer with Vhitori Entertainment, Silvanos Mudzvova, will on Wednesday embark on a one-man demonstration in Harare’s central business district to call for Parliament to craft a law that compels public officials to declare their assets before taking office.
Mudzvova will march from the corner of First Street and Nelson Mandela to Parliament Building between 10am and 2pm.
The demonstration, according to the artist, aimed at compelling MPs, the Attorney General Johannnes Tomana, Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, civil servants, mayors and councillors to declare their assets before taking office.
“It is my hope that after the demonstration Parliament will craft a law that makes it mandatory for every public office holder to declare assets,” Mudzvova said.
Mudzvova said the abuse of public office had been going on since independence. Such a scenario, he argued, meant that government commissions meant to investigate such cases would be crippled to produce results.
“We end up with a commission that doesn’t bring out results, hence the need to call for a law that makes it criminal to abuse public office,” Mudzvova said.
He called on willing individuals and organisation to assist with materials relevant for distribution to people, including fliers and brochures, in the six-hour demonstration, which he said had been cleared by the police.