Minister, MP ask for $120k bribe, #mugabe warns of imminent arrest | The Herald

via Minister, MP ask for $120k bribe, Attempt to fleece investor, President warns of imminent arrest | The Herald March 15, 2014 by Tendai Mugabe

Mugabe yesterday revealed that a Cabinet minister and a female Member of Parliament last week demanded a US$120 000 bribe from a prospective investor.
The Head of State and Government also warned of the imminent arrest of senior Government officials over graft allegations.
Speaking at a belated 90th birthday party hosted in his honour by the Civil Service Commission in Harare, the President said corruption had ruined Government’s operations and those of Africa at large.

His remarks come in the wake of the salarygate scandal that has implicated senior executives at State-linked firms who were awarding themselves hefty packages of up to US$500 000 a month at the expense of service delivery.

The belated birthday celebrations were held under the theme “A legacy of serving the people” and were attended by Cabinet ministers and civil service staff.

Although the President did not name the two officials, he indicated imminent arrests of senior Government officials involved in illegal activities.
“I was being told last week that a businessman who wants to invest was led to a lady in Parliament,” he said.

“This lady says ‘yes, yes I can take you to more important people, but give me US$50 000 then I will open the way for you’.
“He (the investor) went to another highly-placed minister, he said he wants to establish some company, take me to the President; ‘yes, but give me US$70 000, US$30 000 elsewhere’ and so on. And ndozvazviri.

“What sort of people are we? We will punish each other. Zvitadzo zvitadzoka. We punish. Zvedu tinopunisher pano pasi. Mwari anopunisher kudenga and that is why Va(Paradzai) Zimondi vanawo majeri pano apa and we will send them senior persons there netie dzenyu ikoko munonodzibisirwa ikoko,’’ he said.

“Momboenda kujeri. Takaendeswawo kumajeri takange tisina corruption. Tairwira nyika. Mombonobvumbiswawo ikoko majeri guard ariko. Zvese izvi zvinobvumburudzwa izvi.”

The President, who has declared zero-tolerance to graft, said corruption had also crept into the police force.
“We do not want people to undergo unnecessary suffering. But this is what is happening everywhere — people vanoda chemuhomwe, chemuhomwe, chemuhomwe ichocho.

“Sharia law — hatina sharia law. MaArab vanayo … vanodimura mbavha. So let us do our work well. We have a beautiful, beautiful, well-cultured civil service. Tose. Zvino chirwere ichi chakadanhirawo nekumapurisa kwese. Kwete. Hatidi izvozvo.”

President Mugabe said his Government was undertaking comprehensive investigations on the operations of mining companies in Marange and if it discovered that it was prejudiced in any way, then heads would roll.

“We will be watching and watching kwese ikoko, kunana Chiadzwa uko kuMarange kwese uko,” he said. “Tinoda kunyatsoona kuti zvinhu zvange zvichifamba sei. Kana kwange kuine corruption yange ichiitika tikaidzumbunura chete people will answer for it I can tell you.”

To be a servant of the people, President Mugabe said, required high levels of professionalism and zero tolerance to corruption.
He said people were expecting a change in the way Government business was executed.

“A lot has been said about corruption in Zimbabwe’s public service,” he said. “The people we serve are expecting to see a difference in our conduct, particularly given the imperatives of Zim-Asset. They expect efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and an onslaught against all forms of corruption.”

President Mugabe said achieving that goal required additional expertise throughout the public service, especially with ICTs in mind.
He said Government had already started introducing e-governance to reduce distances that people travelled to access services.

The President described Zim-Asset as the panacea to the country’s problems saying it demanded the collective effort of all Government employees to succeed.

“Zim-Asset is what will take us forward, but I am cognisant of the fact that Zim-Asset will not drive itself,” he said. “It needs drivers, champions, indeed people to propel it forward. We, however, should always remember that the most brilliant of strategic plans are worthless if there are no people to drive them.

“All programmes need dedicated men and women who will stand for the values espoused in them, ensuring that through implementation, what was mentally envisaged by the leadership is brought to fruition.”



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    tophaevy 8 years ago

    Lets see the first minister you arrest Mr President, then I will take you seriously, other than that it will be the usual loud barking and no bite, thereby bolstering the belief that you are part of the corruption system, rendering you impotent to act at all.

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    Senzachena 8 years ago

    What a load of bollocks. Surely we dont have corruption in the Zimbabwe Govt, or in the ZRP!!!! In Zimbabwe surely not!!! Mugabe becomes more pathetic each time he opens his mouth. A thieving incompetant ruthless piece of trash

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    Taneta nenyambo dzakule hw mny minister s were arrested just bcoz of corruption . Dat why Smith said blacks are not yet redy to rule

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    it just like a hippo claiming not to love water thus promising to rid Limpopo river of the water. Mugabe lives in corruption, drinks it and washes with it! what happened to misimirembwa, war vet looting scandal, drc diamonds, chiadzwa looting, Russell taking the mine in kadoma and owing employees 350,000 in salaries, leo Mugabe exporting wheat, multiple farm holding? why is the cabinet half made up of his relatives – supa mandiwanzira, mike bimha, joey bimha, gina mbocho, walter zidhakwa? how did fort hare scheme begin? why are grace and the marufu family own 10% of all fertile land in zim? the salarygaters have technically got away with murder!!! anyone thinking that this geriatric will suddenly start fighting corruption is living in cold cuckooland!

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    obert 8 years ago

    He mustnt target one minister, his entire cabinet of recycled dead wood is corrupt. Mugabe built up corruption single handedly by allowing power to corrupt him.Now he wants to exonerate himself before the grave, its too late oldman. You have destroyed the country, please go before people start eating each other nenzara.

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    kutongwa nonjazi 8 years ago

    Kuda kurasisa vavengi. 34 years dzese kana wataona achibatwa tamushaya isu. The end is near, corruption is doing more harm to Zanu than anyone else.

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    Reverend 8 years ago

    The nature of the beast Im afraid!

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    Doris 8 years ago

    Name and shame.

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    Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

    Even in print ,you can just capture him struggling to make sense. The man is finished. Today they era already telling him that part of the money was for his statue. Then he will come out and say he was misled.
    He is corrupt to the bone.
    If the police is corrupt, fire Chihuri then. Can you dare?
    Treasonous malcontents
    Pasi nembava.
    Pasi na Mogabe mutengesi mukuru.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    more hot air, let us see you do it Mr President, and follow the case(s) right to the end not just the warned and cautioned stage…

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    Jono Austin 8 years ago

    …and Mugabe is the most corrupt of the lot!! Look at his wife, look at his theft of farms. How much property does he own? Did he own a house in Hong Kong? The elephant in the room. This clown has presided over 34 years of theft and corruption. Under his watch Zimbabwe has collapsed.

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    Bla bla bla!

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    MikeH 8 years ago

    Three words come to mind …… POT, KETTLE & BLACK

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    Brian 8 years ago

    I grieve for the innocent people of Zim. Will they rise up as the people of Egypt, Syria and Ukraine have? No. They fear the homicidal violence if the Zim police and the Army -who feast on the beast and want nothing to change. They are the hyenas devouring the corpse of Zim. Mugabe’s historical place is assured. A corrupt, mendacious, killer of his own people. RGM, I’m still waiting to join you as you die to ask one question. Happy with what you’ve created?

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    Peterb 8 years ago

    As long ago as 1996 I met a fellow at a hotel in Vumba who happily told me his job@ was to connect donors with the relevant politicians. His fee for doing this was 10%. When I asked him why donors could not contact the relevant ministries direct he said that this was not the “Zimbabwe way”. Nothing has changed!!

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    gizara 8 years ago

    when there is a conviction and sentence by a court of law then we will rejoice, otherwise dont waste your eardrums listening to fables

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    gizara 8 years ago

    nothing for nothing

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    gizara 8 years ago

    There is no revalation here! These newspapers don’t know how to write news stories. Give us the names of the 2 indiduals otherwise everything will remain hidden.

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Jorno what is of interest to this forum are the names of the Ministers. If you know them please give us details. Ichi chirahwe chawakanyora chinotoda kurapanurwa. Do or do you not know the culprit ministers. What you have given us is a waste of the forum’s reading.