via Punishment? | The Zimbabwean 02 July 2014 by Jera
If he wants names of senior government officials involved in scandals we can give them to him: Frederick Shava, Goodwills Masimirembwa, Munyaradzi Kereke, Christopher Chigumba and his nephew Temba Mliswa.
Frederick Shava is now our envoy to China, which is his punishment for the Willowvale mischief – if you can call having a team of bodyguards, duty free imports and glitzy dinners with world leaders punishment.
Masimirembwa is happily collecting a salary at CMED after Mugabe recently rewarded him with that parastatal’s top post, only a few moons after calling him a swindler of foreign investors. Without much of an official enquiry, Mugabe, in journalism parlance, ran a back page retraction in very small print, when he later said the foreign investor’s story did not quite add up.
Mliswa makes a living from introducing businesspeople to his uncle – the Gamatox man. In law books, there is a name for this sort of enterprise. It is called extortion. The Chitungwiza residents who were conned out of their life savings by land barons – some of them Zanu (PF) members – still face the prospect of homelessness, as the spectre of the demolition crew still hangs in the air.
Naming names will not help Zimbabwe. Naming ministerial names will certainly not help Kudzayi’s bid to continue breathing – for it is inside prison where men facing trumped charges up are found swaying from the rafters. It is often said we learn more from history than from school.