Time for Mugabe to set an example on corrupt chefs

THE comptroller and auditor-general’s report exposing colossal corruption and abuse of authority by government ministers and other top public officials leading to government losing millions of dollars last year could not have come at the right time given the damages the scourge has caused in the economy.

NewsDay Comment

Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira
Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira

It is unbelievable how Cabinet ministers and those linked to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) have deviated from laid down procurement regulations, lack of corporate governance and financial indiscipline in government departments, State-owned enterprises and parastatals to enrich themselves.

As if racing against time to enrich themselves at the expense of the majority poor Zimbabweans, public officials’ shenanigans have resulted in government losing millions of dollars in the last year.

President Robert Mugabe early this year also stated that Zimbabwe had lost in excess of $15 billion from diamonds revenue through unscrupulous means by several diamond companies and influential individuals.

Yet, Mugabe has still not ordered arrests of the suspected culprits. This is no wonder why Information, Communication and Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira, according to the auditor general’s office reportedly forced a parastatal under his ministry to advance him a $200 000 loan to purchase a flashy vehicle at a time government is failing to pay civil servants.

We believe the rampant corruption in government requires strict measures to curb further financial leakages if Zimbabwe is to revive the comatose economy.

How does government expect the international community to bail Zimbabwe when there is no financial discipline by the authorities? Mugabe should show seriousness by stopping the rot in government and the country in general. Auditor-General Mildred Chiri bemoaned the fact that government departments incurred almost $22 million expenses which were not supported by source documents, and making it difficult to ascertain whether the expenditure was properly incurred to constitute a proper charge on public funds.

What is worse is how on earth top officials could use government funds as collateral security for personal loans at the same time exposing government to losses of huge amounts.

All that is happening in how government departments are functioning leaves a lot to be desired. It speaks to poor oversight role by the OPC.

It is about time Mugabe wakes up from his deep slumber to save the country from this corruption scourge.

The biggest challenge is that this scourge has now permeated from top to bottom, and it’s as if corruption is now acceptable as part of the business norms where even the OPC is involved in pet corruption at the least.

Does Mugabe realise the damage all these corruption reports have done to his person and government?

We applaud Chiri for exposing corruption in high offices, and urge the President to stop the shenanigans by his office and government ministers.

It is time Zimbabwe is taken back to its founding ideals and not the “Me First attitude” exhibited by government ministers and top public officials in this country.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission must be given teeth to stop all this rot.

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10 Comments

  1. The magnitude of theft and corruption and the brazen attitude of the perpetrators shows clearly that they have a green light to pillage as much as they can and nothing will ever happen to them AS LONG AS ZPF remains in power. When fraudsters and thieves ingratiate themselves with the head of state and his wife, the wheels have fallen off the plane!

  2. Which Mugabe are you calling upon to deal with corruption? The very person who after taking over a corruption free country embarked on sowing the seeds of corruption and tenderly nursed them to fruition? Are you seriously suggesting that these things happen without Mugabe’s blessing?

    1. You are right. Am also wondering of this indeed is a genuine appeal to Mugabe to act on corruption. It is too late. We shall for a very long time suffer from the seeds of a tree (read corruption) that Mugabe planted, nursed watered and pruned to maturity.

  3. Who will guard the guard. Police the police. Animal Farm

  4. One big example by the President will go a long way to reduce corruption

  5. “Never, ever!!!!”

  6. In 1995 Ian Smith in a rare interview with ZBC TV said “These people are thieves. They will destroy the economy” How is it they are all millionaire ”
    He was right so you cannot set a thief to catch a thief

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  9. Those directly or indirectly linked with the President seem to be forgetting matters of national importance such as poverty alleviation, employment creation, economic reform and the general welfare of the Zim citizens as whole instead they seem motivated by corruption for instance VP Mphoko spent a shocking 300 thousand dollars in accommodation only and that is all tax payers money which should have been directed to other strategic sections like the deteriorating health system instead of seeking foreign investment which will create employment and improve the general standards of living the Cabinet fails to account for a shocking 15 BILLION dollars while the majority of Zimbabweans survive on less than a dollar per day, that money would have in no doubt revive the ZIMBABWEAN economy……………. its high time the President acts NO TO CORRUPTION change zim for the better

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