Break the silence, take action

via Break the silence, take action – DailyNews Live 4 JUNE 2014

Early this year, Zimbabweans were jolted through media reports how predatory local elites were enriching themselves through drawing scandalous salaries and other perks by covert means which created the impression that government would swiftly nip the rot in the bud.

Ordinary people thought President Robert Mugabe would walk his talk as part of his election campaign narrative to fight all forms of corruption on the basis that corruption and lack of financial probity among loss making parastatal and quasi-governmental organisation executives misdirected resources meant to uplift the nation

But alas, time has passed, the excitement that corruption had finally met its Waterloo seems to have waned.

The disappointment and frustration has set in because of the blithe manner government has gone about dealing with and tackling the issue.

Zimbabweans are beginning to fear that the entire hullabaloo surrounding the corruption issue was a smokescreen decoy to divert attention from more pressing national matters.

Even our avowed resource nationalism intentions might have little road to run unless drastic steps are taken as a benchmark to forestall a few feathering their nests and persuade them to walk the straight and narrow.

Most see this semblance of benign efforts by government to come to grapple with core issues of corruption as a plaster patch solution to heal a gangrenous wound — a timid effort to tackle a cancerous blight.

A report by the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by former UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan, suggests that well-connected foreigners often purchase lucrative assets in Africa at prices far below market value, by offering inducements to predatory local élites.

Consequently, Africa’s resource wealth has bypassed the vast majority of the ordinary people and built vast fortunes for a privileged few. Frantz Fanon wrote of post-colonial Africa: “Concessions are snatched up by foreigners; scandals are numerous, ministers grow rich, the members of parliament feather their nests and there is not a soul down to the simple policeman or the customs officer who does not join in the great procession of corruption.”

That script is a mirror image of our nation at the moment, in sharp contrast to the aims and goals of our vaunted economic blueprint on whose successful implementation many people pin their hopes for an improved quality of life.

While the media has not relented in its endeavours to uncover and expose corporate and institutional resistance to financial discipline and malfeasance among executives, the public remains unsettled by official ambivalence to bring culprits to book.

People wonder and agonise silently whether the day when offending parties are made to account for their misdeeds will ever come.



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    INVESTOR 8 years ago

    The EU is aware of this and His Excellency has a written letter pertaining to the facts! The AU of which his Excellency is Deputy Chairman are aware, S.A.D.C. Brussels, and other international parties including Russia and China have been informed. I believe His Excellency Legacy is more important that of Hon MP Temba Mliswa and action will be taken soon.

    This matter is vital for the success of ZIM-ASSET.

    His Excelly President R.G Mugabe DOES NOT like people using his name in vain for personal gain and will deal with this accordingly.

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      mark longhurst 8 years ago

      you are deluded and blind, nobody calls muGARBAGE- his excellency,—-his Genocide is a better monika.

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      KIBBS 8 years ago

      @ Investor. Might I suggest “His Rabid Toothless Dog”

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    INVESTOR – got your brain washed in north korea? Mugabe is a a mass murderer and thief. no one sees him otherwise outside of africa.

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    mandevu 8 years ago

    Good try INVESTOR. but fortunately we all know who has ripped us off and when the time comes they will get their just rewards – and its coming soon

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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    March them off to our snakepit in or new chikkrs

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    Maipisi 8 years ago

    The process to deal with corruption I believe has started. It is howevr important to note the complicity of the problem. Firstly corruption as a cancer affects the whole social structure of a country. In dealing with corription,a wholesum approach is critical to avoid reccurrence. It can never be a rushed thing.We thus need to be patient and focussed in order to completely wipe the corruption cancer in our biology.

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    mwana wevhu 8 years ago

    RGM, ZPF & everyone connected to them are “CORRUPTION”. PROOF:1.How they get and stay in power. 2.How they are deafeningly quiet about clear/blatant cases of corruption. 3.How all the corrupt individuals are rewarded & pardoned. Was in MAZOE recently…GRACELANDS is expanding!

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      The problem is that you are not rational in your assertions . Bar talk will remain bar-talk.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    Investor is probably just being too polite for reasons known to themselves but it is true all the buffoons are in it together hear hear Gracelands is explanding in Mazowe , probaly this place was owned by the Gadaffi’s

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    Petal 8 years ago

    find the stolen money

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    Petal 8 years ago

    Hello what sort of organisation will give a post to a thieving murderous scumbag like bob All Useless(Au) perhaps they doing because he is very soon to leave the world – still it is not good enough prosecute the scumbags AU

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    Before you arise and take action, think of these memorable 2013 quotes from non other than Morgan Tsvangirai :
    a. “Iam the main actor that’s why i did not die in the accident which killed my late wife.”
    b. “I had relationships with many women at the same time because i was in search of love.”
    c. ” Zimbabweans should return home as the country is now safe.”
    d. ” Iam a bachelor who should be allowed to have many affairs—-and many more.”

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      Petal 8 years ago

      as well as Bobs famous quote Zimbabwe is Mine Leave my Zimbabwe

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      roving ambassador. 8 years ago

      You got it all wrong , this is not a Morgan is ok site. This is a lets build a better Zimbabwe site. Zanu cannot claim to have done that. We have had 34 years of destruction ,corruption ,murder and treason.
      Zanu must go.

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    Saddened 8 years ago

    What is the leadership of the Public Services and it’s members doing about the PSMAS saga. Surely they, unlike like the rest of us, are effected personally. I find this passivity very difficult to understand.