Artuz to launch anti-corruption clean-up campaign

Obert Masaraure

THE Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) is planning to launch an anti-corruption clean-up campaign tomorrow, which will coincide with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s monthly national clean-up campaign.

Artuz president Obert Masaraure yesterday told NewsDay that the campaign entails lobbying and advocating for the cleansing of State institutions of corruption, incompetence, bias, nepotism and capture.

“Artuz will officially launch its campaign by targeting Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec), Public Service Commission (PSC), the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare, Treasury and Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco).” Masaraure said the campaign would also run on social media under hashtag #cleanUpZimbabwe and #FightBackFriday to enable citizens to share their experiences and identify the root causes of corruption at State institutions in the country.

“The President of Zimbabwe declared every first Friday of the month as a day to clean up our streets from physical litter. The campaign has not been embraced by many citizens who view this as an exercise in futility.

“Artuz posits that if Zimbabwe’s public finances and resources are well-managed, then local authorities will have the capacity to clean the streets of physical litter. Zimbabwe will not need to dedicate a day to carrying brooms.

“The litter we see on the streets is a reflection of the rot in State institutions. Cleaning up State institutions will also help to enhance social service delivery including healthcare, water provision, education and housing among others.”

“If State institutions are cleansed of the rot, then Zimbabwe will have the capacity to pay teachers decent salaries and provide inclusive quality education. We already have a venue but we will not announce it now,” Masaraure said.

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