‘Corruption worse than sanctions’

Source: ‘Corruption worse than sanctions’ – Sunday News May 8, 2016

THE cancer of corruption is now deeply imbedded in Zimbabwe and it has had a more telling blow on the economy than the illegal sanctions that were imposed on the country by the West, Cde Paddy Zhanda, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation, Irrigation and Development Responsible for Livestock, has said.
Addressing livestock farmers at the Sunday News Agribusiness Indaba at a Bulawayo hotel recently, Cde Zhanda said corrupt Government officials were undermining attempts by the Zanu-PF administration to grow the economy and empower citizens.

“I hate to admit it, but we cannot hide from the truth, corruption is cancerous in Zimbabwe. In fact I am convinced that it has cost us more than sanctions. I don’t like to talk about areas that are not under my jurisdiction, but I will, Dr (Douglas) Mombeshora (the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement) had to fire most lands officers because they were corrupt. Most of them were now driving Mercedes Benzs. Where did they get the money to buy those luxury cars? From corrupt activities,” said Cde Zhanda.

Cde Zhanda told delegates that corruption was so cumulative in Zimbabwe so much that it has stolen the wealth of the nation and impoverished the people.
“Black people were given opportunities by President Mugabe to run banks. What did they do? They abused people’s money and plunged many into poverty. Such people are criminals, they should be in jail, but they are walking in the streets.”

The Zanu-PF Goromonzi North Member of Parliament also touched on the Government’s strategy to combat the effects of drought. He said the Government’s response was not co-ordinated and there was no chain of responsibility because ministries were not united.


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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    Rubbish, what sanctions! !! Involuntary inherent incompetence! !!!!

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    Blame blame blame. Get your fat bums off your high chairs and get the job done. It’s taken you 36 years to figure out that. Bloody idiots.

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    C Frizell 6 years ago

    I always laugh when I read “illegal sanctions”. What then are “legal” sanctions?

    But that is beside the point, what is of interest is that an article in Pravda actually admits corruption. This is a bit ironic as The Bhobho has nurtured and encouraged corruption ever since 1980 because that way he’s got them all by the balls.