THE Zimbabwean government continues to blame ‘sanctions’ for the country’s economic woes yet it remains crystal clear that corruption and looting of national resources have largely contributed to the economic crisis in the country.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has apparently failed to walk the talk in the fight against corruption with his cronies being implicated in high level corruption scandals.
Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula denied any knowledge of the donation when contacted by the Namibian Sun. Shangula asked: “Where would we get those tests from? How can we donate when we don’t have enough?”
Clearly, one of the parties here wasn’t being honest. Questions, therefore, continued to be asked in both countries, prompting Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to issue a formal statement on 26 June flatly denying the donation and revealing that Zimbabwe’s authorities had apologised, saying that the “allegations” of the donation had been “unfounded and erroneous”. Senior figures in the government in Harare were left with egg on their faces.
Official government documents have exposed that the kits in question had in fact been supplied by a Namibian-registered company, Jaji Investments, linked to Mnangagwa’s aide. Jaji Investments sourced the kits in China, before supplying Zimbabwe at huge cost. Garikai Mushininga, a medical doctor based in Namibia, who said he was the managing director of Jaji Investments, confirmed to the Zimbabwe Independent that he bought the kits in China before they were flown to Zimbabwe by DHL. Credit: Owen Gagare
A top Mnangagwa aide was fingered in the case of Zimbabwe Miners Federation President, Henrietta Rushwaya who was apprehended at the Robert Mugabe International Airport while trying to smuggle 6.09kg of gold to Dubai. The gold was valued at US$333 000.
The Mnangagwa administration has also come under fire for failing to deal with high level corruption cases amid indications the government is playing a catch and release strategy.
The government also has been threatening as well as detaining journalists for exposing high level corruption.
In August 2019, Auditor General, Mildred Chiri revealed that government books were in shambles adding this created fertile ground for corrupt activities in various government departments. She also highlighted that there was no accuracy in terms of expenditure patterns at government departments.
Chiri however remains a lone voice in the fight against corruption with the government failing to act on her findings and recommendations.
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In January 2020, the head of the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC), Justice Loice Matanda Moyo said Zimbabwe was losing nearly US$2 Billion annually due to corruption and expressed frustration with the manner in which the government was tackling corruption.
This comes at a time the Special Anti Corruption Unit in Mnangagwa’s office has been accused of acting as an extortion vehicle that has fuelled rather than acted to eradicate corruption.
In August 2020, Mnangagwa while speaking at a function at State House, praised ‘philanthropist’ Scott Sakupwanya for being ‘patriotic and determined’. Sakupwanya went on to make the headlines when in one of his pictures 9on social media) he was showing off US$5 Million cash while in the other pictures he was showing off bars of gold and cash as well.