Destroy the roots of corruption

via NewsDay Editorial:Destroy the roots of corruption February 24, 2014

Incidents of corruption exposed in the media day in day out testify to the fact that dealing with individual cases of the scourge without going to the root of the problem will not help. Corruption hurts the poor who bear the brunt of lack of adequate services, poor health care and unemployment, among others.

This is the result when responsible officials, as in our case, deliberately prioritise activities that generate personal wealth at the expense of those that develop the country. But if we look closely at what is happening in this country, the real causes of corruption are simply ignored.

We seem to have a weak criminal justice system that is at the mercy of politicians. High-ranking government officials such as ministers are never prosecuted in this country in clear cases of corruption.

The system targets “small fry” leaving the big fish to continue with the evil practice. This causes fundamental problems because in a situation where some people get away with corrupt tendencies, their peers will emulate them.

The corruption webs exposed in this paper show that one of the root causes of the scourge is nepotism. We have situations where powerful politicians appoint relatives — regardless of their knowledge, skill and experience — to executive positions where they loot under their protection.

Unless these webs are broken and the big fish get arrested for nepotism, it will be difficult to stamp out corruption perpetrated by relatives of the mighty in key government and quasi-government institutions.

But the greatest problem in this country is due to the monopoly of power by a few individuals from the ruling party. Because the omnipotent in this country are also the ones who govern, they often use their power to either perform or sanction corrupt activities.

As a result of their unchecked power, we have seen how, more often than not, the lack of separation of powers has resulted in the Executive exercising undue influence on the Judiciary.

This is also tied closely to the politics of patronage prevailing in the country where those who toe the political line are appointed to key posts in the Judiciary.
That is why we see corruption by ministers and other top politicians being treated as political rather than criminal cases.

As long as we allow politicians to hoodwink the nation by dealing with selected individual cases of corruption, nothing will change.

What is needed is to go to the roots of the problem and exterminate them.


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    chessplayer 9 years ago

    It will be swept under the carpet.

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    so do you mean that Mugabe should be destroyed because he is the root of the corruption?

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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    If the whole state machinery is used to fool the nation into believing the party won the election, do not expect Zanu to self prosecute . This was further indosement to the disciples that you can loot as much as you want.
    This is one of the worst treasonous and criminal act in the short history of Zimbabwe.
    Zanu (to quote Whande),has lost us three generations of Zimbabweans. Gukurahundi, murambatsvina,DRC war, total destruction of farms and people’s livelihood when all this could be solved amicably. Total mismanagement of the economy and curtailing on people’s rights bringing about mass migration and breaking up families. The list goes on .
    This party must be chucked into the dustbin of history. Disbanded, no more, finito.

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    The root is Robert Mugabe. He started it. He can deny it all he freaking wants but he bred it nurtured it and watched it flourish for 30 odd years and never did anything to stem it. He recycled the same rotten seed round and round his cabinet every 5 years infecting everyone with their sickness. Before we knew it we were saddled with a rotten leadership lavishing in the pus they formented.
    look in their eyes that yellowy goo you see is the pus of corruption.
    Bob can go to his grave knowing he fathered corruption.

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    Zvakwana 9 years ago

    The root lies with the 90 year old.

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    Tongoona 9 years ago

    Don’t forget ZANU PF is a family not a political party. Everything is done along ZANU PF family lines. The head of this family is the leader of ZANU PF and ZANU PF government R.G.Mugabe. With this family structure disguised as a political party, it is obvious that nepotism and cronyism breed corruption. No amount of talk, criticism and denigration will effectively end corruption in this Robert Mugabe era.

    To end corruption, let us all vow to remove ZANU PF forever in 2018. We have a good four years to think about this. The whole ZANU PF lot must go in 2018. We are but our own liberators.

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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    Everybody is just longing for the opportunity to sell themselves

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    Sonofngwazi 9 years ago