Let there be no sacred cows in the $15bn probe

THE Norton member of Parliament Temba Mliswa-led Mines and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee’s call to summon former President Robert Mugabe to Parliament to answer and explain his 2016 claim that $15 billion worth of diamond revenue went missing is a welcome development, but it depends on how this process would be conducted.

We believe that after serving this country for a long time, the soon-to-be 94-year-old should be accorded a fair hearing in a transparent manner and not as a vindictive process.

Clearly, the grilling should not only end with Mugabe or the former ministers responsible for Mines — Obert Mpofu and Walter Chidakwa — but must include all those whose failings are a matter of public record, who are now part of the new regime.

There is no doubt that at 93 years, most Cabinet ministers and top government officials close to Mugabe or his wife Grace, could have taken advantage of the geriatric politician to line their pockets. Hence, everyone who is found wanting should face the full wrath of the law, if the fight against corruption is to be taken seriously.

While the public has welcomed the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government’s drive against corruption — including past misdeeds — indications are that the blitz has largely targeted those suspected to have been part of the Zanu PF G40 faction linked to Grace, while those that had thrown in their lot with the new President have remained untouched.

We believe that a whole national programme to fight corruption must not be implemented in a partisan manner. In fact, the new government must do lifestyle audits on all the ministers to establish how they were able to accumulate the wealth they have beginning with the command element of the ruling party and government. Mnangagwa could be immune to prosecution in this regard, but he should lead by example by subjecting his ministers to lifestyle audits without delay. This will be a litmus test for his sincerity in fighting corruption.

If, indeed, there are no sacred cows in terms of the oversight role of Parliament, as Mliswa would want us to believe, then Parliament must do the right thing and institute a comprehensive programme that spares no-one in the fight against endemic corruption.

This is the only way that the new government will be able to command the respect of the population. A partisan approach in the fight against corruption will not cut it. It cannot engender the confidence that the new government desperately needs. The message that corruption from whatever quarter will not be tolerated must ring loud and clear.

The population is watching and if things are not done properly, the new regime will lose whatever little goodwill that the masses have invested in it.

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6 Comments

  1. Ntokozo Tshuma (TheTruth Bearer)

    It’s important to have the former President be brought to account for the missing $15 billion dollars along with the relevant ministers that where at the helm of the Mines Ministry at the time. A lifestyle audit of the then ministers should also be done and this should include both local and foreign owned assets, the source of funds they used to amass this wealth, and whether they did remit their taxes in respect of Capital Gains, Income etc to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Failure to account should lead to the forfeiting of all assets and freezing of all accounts (local and offshore) and prosecution as well….In a case where funds were obtained through abuse of state resources…all their account balances should be taken over by the state and the offshore funds be remitted back to Zimbabwe.

  2. In Harmony with Nature

    The move by the portfolio to deal with corruption in the way they explain it in this article makes a lot of sense.
    I would prefer they also look into Zim Parks , to tell you there is rot beyond rot , bosses’s wifes are on payroll , bosses are always on honeymoon and i wonder how an authority can have salary backlogs of up to more than 4 months .
    The ‘donations’ of motor vehicles by China are suspicious, i think are a payment for the elephants or something else.
    There is no corporate governance, fraud and abuse of our resources by top management Please save our nature by investigating national parks and Muchinguri

  3. Anti - corruption

    Ahhhhhhh Boses wife on payroll, enjoying honeymoon uko mhuka dzichiisirwa Cyanide, ivo havana kana basa nazvo…….investigate them please

  4. shamiso karimadora

    One of the accusations and therefore bandied around as one of the grounds for impeachment was that Mugabe was now incapacitated and slept in meetings even cabinet, which somebody was now chairing in his place. In other words, the man has become senile. For the same parliament to expect the same senile guy to be able to answer to any issues committed or said in that state is short of expecting a miracle or the committee is simply trying to be mischeavous. If I were Cde Mugabe, I would not decline the invitation but gladly attend and then sleep in front of the eminent committee members zvangu, and even fart loudly. Thats what 94 year-olds are expected to do anyways. Let the man rest!!

  5. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…On the eve of the proposed impeachment, Mliswa was attending the zpf meeting which coordinatng the whole process. The starting point is Obert Dumbuguru Mpofu,his brother-in-law(Masimirembwa), ED, Chiwenge, Chihuri, Gono, Gire and then Mugabe. All are fithy rich and must account source. Mliswa is singing for his supper.

  6. @ProfJNMoyo has given a hint.Former V.P Mphoko is his communication to SADC Chair highlighted that USD $ 12 BILLION dollarsbelonging to Pres ED Mnangagwa & Chiwengwa was held & frozen by the Chinise gvt.Former ZANU PF Secretary for Youth Affairs K.Chipanga hinted that E.D & Chiwengwa shld account for the missing USD $ 12 BILLION dollars.What more do you need.That is a starting point for the parliament portfolio committee.

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