Corrupt officials quake in their boots [?]

via ‘Corrupt officials quake in their boots’ – The Standard February 23, 2014 in News

A number of cabinet ministers, parastatal bosses and other senior government officials are quaking in their boots amid reports that the long arm of the law is catching up with public and private sector officials implicated in high-level corruption.

Sources yesterday said following remarks by President Robert Mugabe last week that corrupt officials should be locked up; the different law enforcement agencies had sprung into action with indications that arrests were imminent.

An official close to ongoing investigations said Mugabe’s statement during an interview with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to mark his 90th birthday, had set the tone for the arrest of bigwigs implicated in corrupt deals.

He said quite a few cabinet ministers and Zanu PF politburo members were under investigation after they were implicated in corrupt deals involving parastatals and other state enterprises.

“Crimes were committed and the police and Prosecutor General are seized with quite a few cases involving top officials,” said the official.

“There is great panic, even among members of the security forces who are suspected of protecting some of the individuals implicated in corruption. The net is closing in on those members of the security sector who were offered shares and money to scupper investigations of top business executives fingered in fraudulent deals.”

He said a crack team from the President’s office which is leading investigations had been instructed to leave no stone unturned in its investigations as Mugabe was determined to leave a “clean” legacy.
The official said Mugabe openly showed his displeasure at some of his top lieutenants suspected to be involved in dubious deals.

“He [Mugabe] said those caught up in the corruption muddle will have destroyed themselves and there is nothing he would do to protect them,” he said.

Mugabe likely to reshuffle cabinet

A government official said the possible arrest of a few cabinet ministers would pave the way for a likely mini cabinet reshuffle and a shakeup of Zanu PF’s politburo.

“The President is furious and there are strong indications that he will soon crack the whip. This is why in the last politburo meeting he quizzed Vice-President Joice Mujuru on her standing over the issue of corruption,” said the official.

Mujuru recently attracted controversy when she reportedly questioned the on-going anti-corruption drive, in widely publicised comments, dismissing the “Salarygate” scandal as the work of enemies allegedly trying to destroy Zanu PF from within.

The VP has however made an about turn saying she was misquoted and is fully behind the investigation and prosecution of corrupt officials.
Asked to comment on Mugabe’s calls for the arrest of corrupt official, Prosecutor-General, Johannes Tomana yesterday said his office was ready to deal with cases brought before it, but would wait for other institutions responsible for investigations to complete their work.
“We are ready to receive the dockets when they are prepared with the evidence and witnesses,” he said.

Tomana said it was incumbent upon all Zimbabweans and institutions in the country to cooperate in order to ensure that the scourge of corruption is effectively dealt with through the right channels and processes.

Police spokesperson, senior assistant commissioner, Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment. But recently she said the law enforcement agents were waiting for completion of forensic investigations to be completed at parastatals rocked by allegations of corruption and fraud.

Three former senior managers at Air Zimbabwe have been arrested on allegations of corruption that prejudiced the national airline of millions of dollars through an insurance scam.

The three are acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga, company secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi and former chief executive officer Peter Chikumba.

Several other managers running the country’s loss-making parastatals and municipalities have been accused of corruptly awarding themselves hefty salaries and perks in what is now being dubbed the “Salarygate”.
Former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) boss, Cuthbert Dube was reportedly earning US$500 000, in salary and allowances.

At the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), suspended chief executive officer, Happison Muchechetere was reportedly earning over US$44 500 per month in salaries and allowances.

His three general managers, Elliot Kasu, Tazzen Mandizvidza and Allan Chiweshe were each reportedly taking home US$26 875 every month.

Harare town clerk, Tendai Mahachi and other council executives were said to be earning around US$37 000 at a time the municipality was failing to pay workers and provide essential services.



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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    Lots of hot air . He is old and corrupt himself,and he has already forgotten what he said the day before. 34 years he has been singing the same song and never acting.

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      Mukanya 9 years ago

      Well said it “Roving Ambassador” we are accustomed to this sloganeering.

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    Jogo Bonita 9 years ago

    Noone will be arrested.

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    One of the following will happen.
    Scape goats will be sacrificed
    Some will meet their maker in a Mercedes accident.
    Nothing will happen.

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      apolitical 9 years ago

      Scapgoats mean MDC mebers according to the propaganda press.
      In fact the former director/now dismissed of Energy and former ministers girlfriend – oh we arent allowed to say that because he is MDC.
      There are many and I speak as an individual who was instrumental in bring Zesa officials down who were appointed by the corrupt director and her boyfriend – she was caught getting a kick back of 40 million presumably shared wither boyfriend.
      Tsvangerai’s son imported the illegal pre-paid meters – in spite of the minister/AG/serious crime saying they are not compulsory stating this in the press that there is no legislation.
      people are still being forced to have them as it was an MDC order – and pay the cost and installation at whatever charge they like as a private company.
      Where is the journalist who is apolitical that will investigate this which involves all residents of Zimbabwe.
      Something is happening, but stop defending crooks because they are in the party you are affiliated to.

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        ndoronya 9 years ago

        If you talk of corruption at Zesa then go to their Mabvuku Office in Harare Drive Mandara. Those guys are asking for bribes during the day. They charge people for inspections, installations and connections of power so to mention but a few. Vanhu veDamafalls vaona moto nekutorerwa mari. This is not a secret because everyone at that station knows the game.

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    gorongoza 9 years ago

    Lies! Nothing will be done. None of Mugabe’s corrupt friends will taste jail. Maybe some very small fish will be caught and later pardoned. The corrupt junta will continue to plunder in collaboration with Mugabe and Grace!

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    The only remaining chance for Bob to leave some legacy

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    munzwa 9 years ago

    well might as well look into the affairs of Zimbabwe Cricket over the last 20 years, lots of money squandered there….

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    What will Bob do. Make us all suffer now so that we die of hunger and dont complain. This is blatant murder and the world keeps quiet but cry foul of Syria etc .WHAT BLOODY HYPOCRITES.

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    Mapingu 9 years ago

    Zimbabwean police is well-know for arresting first & investigating later. That’s the trend we know about Zim police force, so if they really mean to arrest looters why are they out and lavishing in the streets now. Why cant the modus operandi apply?

    Zimboz, stop being fooled RGM has always been very much privy to the goings-on in parastatals and nothing will ever happen to those loyal zanu pf functionaries. At best the noise can only succeed in giving the old man an excuse to pounce on those he perceives to have grown disloyal to him. Otherwise, all those loyal cadres are safe, home and dry – no one will touch them. I bet, those who are purportedly suspended are now frequent visitors at Mickles and other posh hotels, busy squandering the millions they have been syphonying from public entities and are just waiting to be assigned to other public enterprises for the looting to continue unabated.

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    shadreckchando 9 years ago

    There is need to establish national whistle blower platform to further expose corruption in government institutions and the private sector.The country is bleeding more is yet to be heard.

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    Tongoona 9 years ago

    The best birthday present Mugabe at 90 can give the nation is to make sure that he cleans thoroughly all the corruption litter generating a bad stench in and around his legacy even if it means jailing all the fingered in high and low offices. If the jails are not enough to hold these criminals, civil society is ready to build more jails free of charge. The President must walk his talk, some of us are taking him seriously. Action and more action is what we want to see Cde President.
    Virtually all the twelve comments posted here are urging the President to make sure that justice plays its part urgently. What else are you waiting for Cde President? The majority says arrest these crooks and put them where they belong- in jail.

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    KIBBS 9 years ago

    Starts with mugabe himself. There will be a few scape goats and the rest will just fizzle out.

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    Harry 9 years ago

    Recalling an Abba song where the lyrics went,”HA! HA”said the clown