Mnangagwa selectively punishing ‘thieves’

FORMER Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo must be wishing that he had been Joram Gumbo.

By Kaitano,Our Reader

Not that I condone what Chombo has done to ruin Zimbabwe. He deserves what is happening to him.

Anyone who is corrupt must be dealt with according to the law, and anyone suspected of corruption must be investigated accordingly.

While President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to deal with corruption, the only problem we have with him is that he seems to be selectively punishing the suspected thieves, targeting those with links to the former First Lady Grace Mugabe, while turning a blind eye to corrupt activities by members of his Lacoste faction within Zanu PF.

Gumbo reportedly ordered the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) board to approve the awarding of a $33,3 million tender to Indra Sistemas and Homt Espana SA for the finance, supply and installation of an airspace management system without going to tender, but he is one of the ministers Mnangagwa chooses to take with him to South Africa on his official visit to that country.

The report about Gumbo ordering the Caaz to award a project without going to tender warrants that he be arrested.

Knowing as we do, an arrested person is innocent until proven guilty, so there wasn’t anything amiss for Mnangagwa to order the arrest of Gumbo, who then had to prove himself innocent in a court of law.

Gumbo was one of Mnangagwa’s favourites, as evident from his being part of the President’s first trip out of the country as Head of State. He is one of the untouchables.

So how will Mnangagwa end corruption when he turns a blind eye to it when it involves members of his Lacoste faction?
It seems he is doing the same thing as his mentor and predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabweans must reject this and vote Zanu PF out in the next elections.



  1. The arresting has all to do with factions. If you are in the right faction then you will not be arrested. Look at Mpofu, he is even now in charge of police. They even arrested Chipanga despite not finding any corruption in him but had to scrounge for some charges because he was in the wrong faction. Such is the new administration.

  2. Zanu policies didn’t change, only the face did. Slavery will continue by those companies which sponsor Zanu, stealing will continue by those thieves who sponsor Zanu and preferred individuals, victimasation will continue to those who give different views from the mainstream zanu, banks will continue legally stealing from depositors, ministers will continue taking money from circulation to sponsor their adventures abroad at the expense of business people. And besides a change in Zanu has no benefit to the country, Zanu is for it’s supporters only, to change policies takes outvoting Zanu at election time, nothing else.

  3. That indeed seems to be the case. The independent private media must continue with stories like these without ever tiring until it becomes too difficult for ED to continue protecting the suspected individuals.

  4. Corruption will be the litmus test for the new government. Command agriculture inputs distribution is so corrupted that you wonder whether the soldiers are not compromising the whole project. Those responsible should just visit Bindura District to see the confusion which is there. There is no order thereby making it a fertile ground for corruption

  5. What is outstanding is the naive belief amongst us Zimbabweans of mistaking intent for action and that the “new” government will do “new” or different things. Yes, we’ve seen a few of those, but they are cancelled out when old criminal faces from the same cruel and ruthless party called Zanu PF still exist and are alongside the “new” president.
    …and folks HOPE is not a plan.


  6. This is not a legit President. he was planted and nobody elected him Lets have free and fair elections and vote the people’s choice not these of a coup d’etat

  7. I honestly think Mr Gumbo did the right thing , things to do with air space and air crafts are very sensitive you cant just have anyone do it because they got “the tender” I dont think its the same as a tender to build a bus stop. If you had complained about why the hell chivhayo is still boasting all over the show nemari yamagetsi yachakadya chichitoita seyacho, then you would make sense

    1. Mhanya unovhiye mbudzi munin`ina.

  8. I agree with those believing in fighting corruption without favouritism. The new President MUST consider arresting all corrupt officials irrespective of the faction. Many will support a President who doesn’t act like Mugabe. Leaving other known thieves like Jorum Gumbo, Energy Mutodi and Obert Mpofu is detrimental to the new dispensation. I urge VaChiwenga to intervene and manhandle these thieves. LET ALL THIEVES BE BROUGHT TO BOOK PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!

    1. l think they are together in committing these crimes that is why its difficult for them to arrest.

  9. The independent media has been complicit. They no longer tell it like it is.

  10. zanu were/are so corrupt if Ed prosecuted everyone with shady dealings there would be NO ONE left to run government

    1. thats why we should vote FOR MDC

      1. Your Biti is quite easily the King of no-good politicos… and why should we be saddled with this fake?

  11. Go to Kadoma and see for yourself what Jameson Rushwaya is doing to Tolrose Gold Mine. He booted out the major share holder Partterson Timba and he is stilling gold and threatening people that he is untouchable because he is close to the president and ZACC chairman. I dont think the president is aware of that. His name is being abused like that. He went to tolrose with retired army officers and robbed the mine sunday night but up until today he is still looting while the police are folding their hands. Thats the new administration for you

  12. true people like Obert Mpofu must not feature in the new government,l dond know if the President don’t know that he mpofu is the most corrupt among the corrupt ones.


  14. Mwari ndewemunhu wese, not a selected few

  15. People say ZanuPF out okay fair and fine but whats the alternative a cancer President? He will be good for how long,lets be serious, we all assumed that with Mugabe gone things will be better overnight lets be realistic in our approach,Industry and Retailers and Bankers arent cooperating why not start by demanding changes there E.D in own belief is doing a good job lets be patient with him.LETS MAKE ZIMBABWE GREAT AGAIN.

  16. In the article above, reference to Homt Espanna SA – the letters SA are an abbreviation for Soviets Annonym is equivalent to our use of Private Limited (and not South Africa)

  17. Correction of an auto-spellcheck typo:

    In the article above, reference to Homt Espana SA – the letters SA are an abbreviation for Societe Annonym is equivalent to our use of Private Limited (and not South Africa)

  18. I do trust all of the ideas you’ve introduced on your post. They are really convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are too quick for novices. Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  19. I think we must be careful of not resorting to the norm of greasing the palms of who ever and what ever to achieve prosperity. A very good example of this is two of our Greek community Peter Haritatos manages two shops in chakari and Dalny mine and delivers the daily bread to mine workers. The same man now somehow owns mines and farms and loves dis Grace. He has squirrelled money away in USA with his son and Rsa and Greece with his wife’s Angela family. Secondly we see small man syndrome full of charm but full of deviousness aka Nic Polenakis this individual physically and sexually abused young boys at Plumtree high school in 1987-1988 his father paid hush money to the headmaster and Polly was then sent to the bush away from young boys to become a guide. Today we see the Polenakis clan greasing palms to ensure access to game liscence and access to lucrative foreign tourists. This money is now whittled away in Greece

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