Anti-corruption nets should target big fish

THE number of arrests for alleged corruption continued growing last week, but what is increasingly becoming obvious is how one-sided they are, with only people perceived to be aligned to the vanquished G40 being arrested.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into power promising to deal with corruption, while this is laudable, questions are beginning to rise on why only politicians from a certain Zanu PF faction are being arrested.

To add onto that, when the military intervened, they said they wanted to deal with “criminals” surrounding former President Robert Mugabe.

It is, therefore, rather questionable that people are being arrested over “small crimes” like beans, rice and television sets, when the expectation was that the new administration would go to the root of the corruption that Mugabe allowed to prevail in his time in power.

The nation expected to hear about the arrests of people involved in minerals looting and those who had allegedly funnelled large amounts of forex out of the country, but so far nothing of that sort has happened.

The anti-corruption crusade, with each passing day, now resembles a political witch hunt, more than a legitimate anti-graft campaign.

While the arrests of former ministers suspected to be involved in corruption is always welcome, there is desperate need for the net to be cast wider and more alleged criminals should brought to book.

Failure to do that will mean this crusade is not legitimate and the strategy to bring former political foes to court will soon unravel and, in the court of public opinion, those that are charged may soon be seen as victims rather than perpetrators.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) must also be seen to be doing its work quietly and independently, without being seen to be used by one political grouping or the other.

There are many cases that Zacc has brought to the courts in recent days, but it must not be seen as a vindictive exercise, but rather a legitimate legal route to ending corruption.

To observers, the arrests of a few former ministers is nothing more than tokenism and there is need for the Mnangagwa administration to walk the talk and bring anyone suspected of corruption to book.

There are many cases that have been reported in the past and the Auditor-General’s annual reports are a good place to start in the fight against corruption.

If authorities continue only prosecuting perceived former adversaries, the anti-corruption drive will be seen as nothing more than a charade and soon Zimbabweans will begin asking what happened to the pledge to combat graft.

2 Comments

  1. Very true….as it is, there are some cases that were brought to ZACC’s attention as far back as 2016, one would expect them to deal with issues chronologically with ZACC updating the nation on progress so far.

    The ICT ministry/Supa/MetBank/Potraz/NetOne/Kangai corporate/individual corruption issues is a case in point. The ZACC chairman needs to come out clearly and cleanly on what his MO is…
    Once the public starts viewing this ZACC office as an extension of Zanu PF it’s very easy to see what nonZanu PF voters’ reaction will be.

  2. Death By Corruption

    Well said, Newsday. Well said. None of the cases prosecuted so far compare to what Supa Mandiwanzira is accused of. The evidence of his corruption and capture of state institutions is so obvious and so frightening that it is unbelievable President Mnangagwa has allowed him to remain a minister even for a moment.

    We are a laughing stock of the world because of keeping this thief in office.

    Corruption is be definition the abuse of office or power for personal enrichment. Supa stinks of corruption right now like a civet cat (Chidembo) that has been dunked in a full Blair Toilet.

    How arw President Mnangagwa and our gallant General Chiwenga able to hold their noses long enough to sit together with him in a cabinet meeting?

    It is fact that that Goodson Nguni is also definitely corrupt. Specifically he has been corrupted by Supa. Evidence of Nguni’s corruption and how he has been compromised by Supa is already on its way to the Prosecutor General, a Zimbabweans now believe is incorruptible and can not be intimidated.

    We have faith that the Prosecutor General is not as stupid as Supa and Goodson Nguni think he is.

    I am very sure that our P-G will not this case rest.

    But I beg you Newsday, as the one fearless, uncaptured newspaper left in the country, dig deeper into this issue. Your investigative skills should not go waste but used for the good of this nation: an analytical series of articles exposing this cancer on the new Presidency we have hope in is called for.

    Supa is a thief. Even my blind grandmother can see this.

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