At a time when the nation is angry following the ongoing revelations about scandalous salaries being earned by parastatal bosses, Acting President Joice Mujuru has got the guts to try and silence the media.
The remarks she made over the weekend have left ordinary Zimbabweans shocked, to say the least.
What makes the whole development sad is that she sees conspiracy theories where there are none.
What is political about the media raising genuine concern over somebody earning close to $40 000 yet his employees have gone for six months without salaries?
What is so political about the media questioning why a CEO of a medical aid society earned $230 000 per month yet neglected to settle $38 million owed to service providers?
Why should Zimbabweans be made to suffer because Zanu PF heavyweights are fighting among themselves?
Those been found guilty must be prosecuted and if need be, locked away in prison.
There is no justification whatsoever why Mujuru, as a senior political figure in the country, would try and defend the indefensible.
In fact, Mujuru should have celebrated the revelations made through the media as they played their watchdog role. At a time when President Robert Mugabe has declared corruption as a cancer that needs to be uprooted, the VP should actually have been singing from the same hymn book!
Questioning such exposure of corruption in parastatals managed by her government leaves people with more questions than answers. Would she rather the scandals continued unchecked?
The opposition political parties, while not clean at all, are right in calling for her resignation. Zimbabweans no longer feel safe under her leadership.
Surely, do Zimbabweans deserve a leader who would rather the media treat corruption in the public sector with kid gloves? We don’t think so. It’s a tragedy when leaders claim the exposure of corruption in government is the work of detractors!
The forthcoming Zanu PF politburo meeting should treat corruption with the ruthlessness it deserves and take a clear stand on the matter otherwise they will remain a party that is long on statements and short on delivery.
Zimbabweans are tired of the cancer of corruption which government has been talking about for years, but without really doing anything about it.
This is the time to go beyond sloganeering and deliver if they are to win the confidence of the people.
Like MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said, the country should not expect action from the same party in which ministers and other senior officials claimed they were 100% disabled so they could loot the War Victims Compensation Fund. Someone should put an end to this rot.