Mugabe must demand Parirenyatwa explanation

YESTERDAY, we reported that parliamentarians from across the political divide united and called for an explanation on why Health minister David Parirenyatwa had been paid $100 000 by the struggling Premier Services Medical Aid Society.

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The legislators also called for an investigation into Parirenyatwa and a number of officials, including President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, as they suspect they unduly benefited from the medical insurance company.

Such bipartisan advocacy from our parliamentarians is rare and should be applauded and encouraged.

More often than not, legislators stick to party lines, sometimes no matter how irrational, and fail to put the country first.

We commend the legislators for taking the lead in fighting what they suspect to be corruption by the Executive and we urge them not to stop there, but rather pursue the matter vigorously until corrupt elements are uprooted.

Our Parliament has often been accused of being a paper tiger. We have not seen them taking the lead in such a manner, hence it is refreshing to see them take the initiative.

As the legislators rightly noted, the Auditor-General’s reports often detail misappropriation of public funds, yet no one has been brought to book for these transgressions.

Thus, Parliament should be given powers to summon errant officials and, if possible, prosecute them for their involvement in corruption.

For long, corruption has been cited as one of the cancers eating at the core of our nation, but far too little is being done to address it.

It was disheartening to hear Charamba saying Mugabe would not act on Parirenyatwa because no one had reported the matter to him.

A President should not only act because there is a direct complaint, but a sign of good leadership is anticipating a problem and acting pre-emptively before it festers into a cancerous wound.

The media and Parliament have also been quite loud, demanding an explanation from Parirenyatwa — and now Charamba — and the ball is firmly in Mugabe’s court. The President must act now and decisively.

The President has waxed lyrical about dealing with corruption, but if he lets Parirenyatwa off the hook, without as much as a public explanation from the minister, then it is clear Mugabe is only paying lip service to the fight against graft.

Unfortunately, Mugabe’s inertia sends a wrong message — particularly to bureaucrats — that they can do anything and get away with it.

It is important that we reiterate that the best way to fix our economy is by dealing with the variables within our control and eliminating corruption is one such variable.

The government can moan about sanctions, but that is an external issue that we have no control over and we should concentrate on what we can change.

Without passing sentence on Parirenyatwa, we believe if he were to explain himself at least, or at best, pay back the money, he would earn a number of admirers. But the longer he keeps quiet, the more the court of public opinion believes he is guilty.

We praise our colleagues at Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, who reportedly refused to interview Parirenyatwa until he cleared his name in this murky affair and we wish they could extend such courtesy to any government official accused of graft.

It is our hope that as the ruling Zanu PF decidedly looks East, they should also take a leaf from China’s books, as the Chinese deal with corruption in a very decisive and often harsh manner.

We hope parliamentarians have got their groove back and they should put in place legislation and tougher penalties for any financial improprieties and corruption.

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  1. oh AMG, what an article, very spot on, we want such articles which are very balanced and seek to correct societal vices. corruption is cancerous, we need to deal with decisively in the Chinese manner suggested by AMG. Lets keep on exhorting the president to be decisive. Corruption is destroying Zimbabwe. But the media must report it in a non partisan manner.


  2. Fighting corruption is not a priority of this govt. The state of the economy is not of concern to this govt. The priority of this govt is to retain power at all costs by dealing ruthlessly with all dissenting elements. If this govt was serious about corruption the majority of these chefs would be in jail. The
    plain fact is that “the fish rots from the head downwards”. With these guys in power corruption will not be eradicated in Zimbabwe.

  3. There is a false perception amongst many that corruption resides in government alone and the private sector and individuals in general are spotlessly clean. You do not miss this in several literature by self proclaimed analysts. i agree if we were to say government plays an oversight role in the economy and fighting corruption becomes one of its priority areas. But i equally disagree with this unfounded and unresearched notion that corruption in Zimbabwe resides in government. This is untrue and i can write a thesis on it defending every comma and fullstop.

  4. Probing Parirenyatwa does not change the status quo,his escapade is just a tip of àn ice burg.Expediency and prudence would not allow us to explore the full extent of corruption in government.Vehicle grabbing by ministers at the expense of intended beneficiaries,flagrant abuse of state resources and apparatus to promote party/individual interests,housing units that have been annexed by bigwigs at the expense of intended civil service beneficiaries,bogus mining deals with foreigners like Chinesse benefitting the system and multiple farmland ownership etc.The only solution is to replace this corruption-mongering government with a new generation of God-fearing political leaders who thrive on Bible centred virtuous conduct and integrity.That aside we will cry corruption,without any visible change.

  5. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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  6. jamengweni Godonga

    Parirenyatwa is just one of the many, sadly so. There is nothing which will be done because that can have ramifications for the ruling elite. Corruption is the in thing, what with Phillip Chiyangwa fleecing the poor through his pyramid scheme? Do we need to go to the president to report this? Did he not take oath to protect and uphold the constitution? Thieves to the bone.



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