via MUGABE RUNNING SCARED OF the MONSTERS THAT HE CREATED | www.sunrise2all.com FEBRUARY 20, 2014
FORMER State Enterprises and Parastatals Minister, Gorden Moyo,on Wednesday came out guns blazing accusing President Robert Mugabe for lacking guts to deal with corruption because the military behind such acts is protecting Zanu PF’s rule therefore controlling the state, rendering him powerless.
Moyo said the president has no power to stop the rot and corruption taking place in the country because the military had embedded itself in those institutions and they were the ones fuelling corruption.
Speaking at a “salary-gate” dialogue meeting in Bulawayo, Moyo said Zimbabwe had become highly militarised as military personnel occupied almost all spaces in government institutions, which is why there were non-performing.
“When I was the state enterprises minister, I called all parastatal board members to my office. I was surprised most introduced themselves as retired brigadiers, retired colonels, retired generals and retired commanders. Why is this is a problem? It is a problem because the current government has been propped up by the military.
“From 2002 up to the recent elections the army has been safeguarding Zanu PF’s rule. The president has no guts. He can’t stop this because the army is behind the survival of the regime, this is the truth, hard fact,” he alleged.
Through its various arms, the country’s militia has been occupying spaces and positions in government, they are everywhere, Moyo said.
“During the liberation struggle there was the military wing and the political wing. After independence, these formed the politico-military alliance, this saw military personnel deployed in state enterprises. It was deliberate policy of government deploying its cadres. Then those in parastatals became a funding model and would mobilise resources for those politicians in government. Corruption then became institutionalised, it became formal, as state is now militarised, it is beyond civility, until that model is changed it would continue,” he explained.
Besides militarisation, the Makokoba legislator, also identified factionalism, structuralism and politicisation as factors why corruption was rampant in these non performing parastatals.
“There is politicisation of state enterprises. They have become a retirement home for military ex service men and women, diplomats and former ministers and members of the politburo. They are appointed to those boards to be appeased.”
Because of this, Moyo also accused the ministers of having no spine to rule autonomously as they had to follow a set chain command.
“There is a structure that is followed in the party and it is followed differently from what is in the government. Ministers follow a Zanu PF line up, which consists of who was what during the days dating back to the liberation struggle. Ministers who are recently appointed also appoint board members from their own factions. Every minister that comes in will appoint those colleagues from his own side. Factionalism is at play,” he said.
“This is a big headache for the president, he has to deal with it. He has to act decisively and risk antagonising the factions. he has a problem of balancing his party.”
Moyo said it was surprising and raised eyebrows why the country’s financial intelligence failed to unravel salary-gate sooner, as individuals were receiving hefty money in their bank accounts every month.
“How can one earn over $300 000 and that money goes into ones back without the country’s economic and financial intelligence acting on it or investigating how one makes that kind of money. This means the government can be toppled by anyone, anytime as anyone can fund terrorism or fund the opposition. The government knew about this, they knew if they took these corrupt people to court, alternatively it would be itself in trial,” he said.
When asked why he thought all these “salary-gate” issues were coming out now, Moyo said the president would retire ultimately therefore making way for a new leader therefore opportunists were using corruption to ascend towards the presidency.
“The president is turning 90 tomorrow (21 February) and that means something is imminent in this country. There would be a change of guard and the stakes are high considering there is an absence of opposition contestation. The contest is within Zanu PF, therefore someone is fighting using corruption,” he said. radio dialogue