Diamonds: Spare us the drama, Mr Mugabe!

via Diamonds: Spare us the drama, Mr Mugabe! by Luke Tamborinyoka for NewZimbabwe 23/09/2013

LAST week, President Robert Mugabe went a notch higher in a desperate attempt to rebrand himself when he used a luncheon after the official opening of Parliament to launch a seemingly spirited campaign against corruption.

Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa was to be the sacrificial lamb in the latest laughable pretence against corruption.

At the luncheon last week, Mugabe – who has presided over one of the most corrupt governments in Africa – began a rebranding campaign as a true statesman who has a strong position against ills such as graft, avarice and corruption.

Ironically, his 33-tenure in office is replete with the most obnoxious examples of corrupt practices that he did absolutely nothing about before he suddenly found his voice last week after three and half decades in office.

Let us get down to the facts.

Some of Mugabe’s Cabinet Ministers, including a few he reappointed for the umpteenth time only last week, are on record as having stated that they were over 100 percent disabled as a ploy to loot the War Victims Compensation Fund.I do not want to get into the details of what was said by  the now Police Commissioner-General in terms of his war injuries when he got his loot from the Fund, which Fund was one of the many feeding troughs the Zanu PF elite has enjoyed over the  years.

This is the same Chihuri that Mugabe is now portraying as having been one of the innocent by-standers in the so-called diamond saga which is about to claim the latest scapegoat, Masimirembwa.

This is not to mention the Willowgate scandal. Despite having a so-called Leadership Code in place, Zanu PF chefs in the late 1980s abused a car loan facility and resold the vehicles for high profit. Mugabe never fired anyone for this vice, except one Maurice Nyagumbo who fired himself not only from government but also from this earth when he committed suicide in shame.

Are we now to believe that Mugabe has suddenly found his voice to speak on corruption that has been a major trait that has blighted his regime over the years? Is there a catch somewhere? Is he addressing legacy issues, so that history will at least say he did something about corruption, albeit in his twilight years?

But the sacrificial lamb, Masimirembwa, is a far much small player than the main characters we have known to be the big players in this corruption game. Zimbabweans know that top government officials became multiple farm owners after a supposedly successful land reform exercise meant to benefit the ordinary Zimbabwean, not to mention the number of farms Mugabe himself has personally acquired for his family.

We also still remember, by the way, the VIP Housing scheme and how it sucked in the first family, not to mention Obert Mpofu who Mugabe implied was an honest minister who was unaware of the many shenanigans surrounding the country’s diamonds, particularly in the Masimirembwa saga.

But this is the same Mpofu who, as Minister of Mines and with a monthly salary of about US$800, managed to buy a stake in a bank for around US$35 million.In a country with a leadership that is really serious about corruption, he would long have been investigated on how he managed to raise the millions with such a salary.

Tendai Biti, as Minister of Finance, and Morgan Tsvangirai, as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, have had meetings with the President and Mpofu himself over the non-remittance of billions of diamond revenue to Treasury. Nothing was done.

But now the President is suddenly serious about the issue of corruption in the diamond industry as if he has just heard it for the first time. We are talking here of three Cabinet Ministers belonging to Mugabe’s political party, three ministers he recently reappointed.

Saviour Kasukuwere, Nicholas Goche and Mpofu were protected by the police who prevented the Anti- Corruption Commission from searching the three Ministers’ offices. If the three had nothing to hide, they ought to have allowed the Commission to execute its Constitutional mandate and absolve them of any crime.

Now the President wants to tell us that his government, particularly his party to which the three Ministers belong, is now serious about dealing with graft. Give us a break!

The simple truth is that Mugabe cannot lecture us on corruption which has been a major affliction of his party in government over the years. If he is to catch all the culprits involved in stealing diamonds, will there still be a Cabinet left, let alone a party called Zanu PF?

But there is a world of difference between Robert Mugabe and one Morgan Tsvangirai, who fired an entire council for corruption in Chitungwiza. The councillors were protected by Ignatious Chimbo, the Zanu PF Minister of Local Government who allowed them to stay but they were no longer MDC members.

It is a simple tale of two different leaders, qualitatively. Believing that Zanu PF is serious about fighting corruption is like entrusting mosquitoes to lead the anti-malaria crusade.

So please, spare us the drama, Mr President!

Luke Tamborinyoka is spokesperson to MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai. He can be contacted on e-mail:



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    ZimJim 10 years ago

    “The truth will out”!

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    Clifford Chitupa Mashiri 10 years ago

    Well done Luke. You said it precisely and concisely. Mugabe is a hypocrite when it comes to corruption. He is corrupt, having purchased properties abroad and used diamonds cash from Chiadzwa as allaged in the leaked secret JOC documents published by the Mail on Sunday and later by The Zimbabwean to finance the the rigging of elections, he is fooling noone by orchestrating an anti corruption campaign in order to woo Western investors.

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    We all know what this monster really is and the hypocrite is putting on a show to tell the world that he is sweeping clean, but his broom broke 33 years ago and he thinks we believe him…poor idiot.

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    Zeezee 10 years ago

    Well done Luke, I couldn’t have said it any better! The most corrupt of them all says he wants to stamp out corruption, it is a bloody joke! Ha ha ha ha Mr Mugabe, I nearly fell off my chair laughing at your ludicrousness…..

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    simon 10 years ago

    well said luke!!!

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    At least someone has guts left in the country. Well said that man!!

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    shepard 10 years ago

    This is true Luke but nothing we can do only God knows

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    ZANU PF SHARE THE MONEY 10 years ago

    Talking the Talk is easy, Mr President, the achievement is when one’s Talk is reflected in their own Walk. Always practice what you preach or what you preach may fall on deaf ears. Pls sober down to normality, for the first time in 33 years. Pls read what our snoptic gospel Luke has said and open your eyes.

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    soothsayer 10 years ago

    Everything said about corruption is very precise from the first word go,1980 but alas some of us have short memories or we don’t just care.

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    Shame 10 years ago

    @Luke Tamborinyoka

    Listen to this:

    “…But there is a world of difference between Robert Mugabe and one Morgan Tsvangirai, who fired an entire council for corruption in Chitungwiza…” and “…It is a simple tale of two different leaders, qualitatively…”
    There, you went into overdrive making wrong contrasts. The two compare very well, they are just one and the same thing.Maybe you never met the former and never again to be PM; MRT,or heard about his deeds, did you? Let me help; Former PM fired everyone else and never touched himself. But he has $1,5 million PM mansionbuilding state funds missing from his coffers on top of $1 million more. Then he paid $36 000 for Locadia’s lobola, plus $300 000 in court damages. Oh, not to mention Loreta Nyathi, Eliz, bluh bluh bluh. They say behind evry embezzelment of state funds, there is a polygamous empire. What have you to say of that? Where did MRT get all these monies to sustain his fonication research methodologies? To hear some one say “…But there is a world of difference between Robert Mugabe and one Morgan Tsvangirai…” makes me laugh! Its like trying to adorn Satan Diabolos with the High Priest’s frock.

    Now ain’t that a shame?

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    maisokwazo 10 years ago

    Well said, well done son of ZIMBABWE Can we get and find a few more like you. I don’t know who Mugabe thinks he is HOODWINKING and FOOLING.
    First he distorts Zimbabwe’s history of liberation. The truth is he positioned himself way way back for this unethical and dictatorial rule even during his boyhood when as a goats herder he would errupt into feats of rage and anger but thanks to Kutama mission who tried to mould him into a human being yet it was just for a short period of time as we see him getting a missionary education which he later condemns and label colonialistic.He takes a teaching post in Ghana comes back as the elite teacher with all the knowledge, HOODWINKED the then revolutionaries like Nkala got imprisoned and got the opportunity while in jail to get all the degrees he parades today as a learned man -book learned yet humanely barbaric.
    Hoodwinked people through chicanery to be secretary general of ZANU PF in Mozambique and embarked on a mission to eliminate anyone who seem to stand in his way just like he does EVEN UP TO TODAY,. No fluke– where is Josiah Tongogara? where is Chitepo? where is Josiah Mujuru,? Manyika, Mahachi the list is endless and is not yet ended. Where is Tsvangirai wife? Pamire? Learnmore Jongwe? and the unheralded other fallen. Yet Mugabe says people should show PROOF of ACCUSATIONS on his corrupt Liuetenants. YES he said SHOW US the proof!!! What other proof Mugabe besides want is seen by everyone and WHO do you THINK you are fooling? Zimbabweans? Zimbabweans are not that foolish its BECAUSE ZIMBABWEANS love peace and are PEACE LOVING people but are not COWARDS nor FOOLS and ZIMBABWEANS FEAR God and you are taking them for fools and you the smart one who can outwit everybody and everyone else even the whole world. A mad man playing his own drums. What do you want proved? You never seem to want to stop musing Zimbabweans and now you talk of fighting CORRUPTION turning your own gun at yourself- what a fallacy.