via LATEST: Lets Fight Corruption – Vice President | The Herald March 12, 2014 by Farirai Machivenyika
VICE President Joice Mujuru today urged legislators to assist Government in fighting corruption and urged them to enact laws that facilitate investment to ensure successful implementation of the country’s economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.
The blueprint was adopted by Government last year after Zanu PF’s victory in the harmonised elections and will run until 2018.
VP Mujuru said this while officiating at the two-day Zim Asset awareness seminar for parliamentarians at the Harare International Conference Centre.
“Zim Asset will succeed when we observe dignity at home and at corporate levels. Hunhu hunokosha. We should all shun corruption in all its forms. Government is unanimous in its resolve to eradicate this scourge, and I wish to urge legislators to support this effort. We may differ in the implementation but the objectives are the same,” she said.
“The thrust of the economic blueprint is to open up business opportunities in all sectors of the economy. As such it becomes our responsibility, as stakeholders, to ensure that we have a conducive legal framework that facilitates ease of doing business. This necessitates collaborative effort in eliminating structural and other barriers to business.”
Government has embarked on processes to rid public enterprises of corruption following publication of exorbitant salaries and flouting of tender procedures in most parastatals.
She added that it was important that Parliament plays its oversight role over the executive.
“In pursuance of Zim Asset objectives, the legislative, representational, public debate and oversight roles of Parliament become quite critical. As parliamentarians your oversight role in ensuring that Government policies, programmes and projects are successfully implemented to realise economic growth, development and prosperity for all Zimbabweans remains paramount.
“To that end allow me to say the quality of work coming from our two chambers is quite commendable. If we maintain that momentum, then real progress is guaranteed,” VP Mujuru said.