#mugabe is part of the corruption

via Mugabe is part of the corruption – The Zimbabwe Independent March 14, 2014 by Herbert Moyo

FORMER chairperson of the parastatals commission Ibbo Mandaza has blamed President Robert Mugabe for the pervasive culture of corruption at public institutions, saying the scourge which is currently being manifested through parastatal bosses’ grossly inflated salaries is unlikely to be dealt with as long as the nonagenarian remains in power.

Speaking at an Alpha Media Holdings public seminar (AMH Conversations) at a Harare hotel on Wednesday night, Mandaza said Mugabe has presided over the systematic subversion of state institutions, thus weakening and contributing to the pervasive culture of state corruption which he is now too old to control.

“In my days (as chairman of the parastatals commission, the president (Mugabe) would go through every board, every appointment of the chief executive officers as he did with respect to the appointment of ministers,” said Mandaza.

“But what has happened over the years is that this centralisation of functions in one person literally has led to an institutional framework. As is natural as he got older, he has commensurately lacked the capacity of oversight. To put it very bluntly, we have a head of state that is too old to be doing this kind of function and is therefore unable to do it.”

Mandaza also blamed Mugabe for dissolving the Parastatals Commission which he chaired from its inception in 1988 to 1990, saying the commission had done a good job in its oversight role over public institutions, which ministers had run as their personal companies.

“He (Mugabe) announced that Ibbo’s commission had done a good job but the job is finished,” said Mandaza of Mugabe’s decision to dissolve the commission which had worked to establish rules for the appointment of boards and personnel to run the institutions based on criteria of competence and national outlook.

Another speaker, executive director of Transparency International Zimbabwe Mary Jane Ncube concurred with Mandaza and castigated government for promoting corruption by subverting corporate governance and the rule of law to the politics of the ruling party.

She said “salarygate”— as the expose of “obscene” salaries at public institutions has been dubbed — is symptomatic of the “clientalism and patronage politics” of Zanu PF and questioned the sincerity of government which has no precedent of convicting anyone over corruption.

“What is the intention behind this sudden expose? Why is it advantageous to let the public know?” asked Ncube.

“There has never been a successful conviction. Who was ever convicted over Willowgate, the housing or even GMB scandals? We have commissions whose findings have never been acted upon so what is this intrigue all about now? There is no plan of action and this is another scandal that will go down in history with no lessons learnt and no action taken,” said Ncube.

Since the beginning of the year, revelations of executives of parastatals and state enterprises earning outrageous salaries and perks hit the headlines, with the most shocking being that of former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) boss Cuthbert Dube, who was earning over US$500 000 per month.

Mandaza, who said “salarygate” started in 2009 when Zimbabwe adopted the United States dollar, however bemoaned the public’s tendency to look at the issue from a narrow and personalised manner which fails to appreciate the role of the state.

“I am surprised at the lukewarm response of the public at what has been one of the most scandalous revelations in Zimbabwe,” said Mandaza. “I do not know why the public (response) has been lukewarm and when the analysis has been done and when there have been responses, they tend to personalise and look more at the nature and content of those who run the state,” Mandaza said.

He said the salaries scandal reflects the broader problem of pervasive state corruption also seen in other scandals like in the mining sector where billions of dollars from the sale of minerals has not been accounted for.

Ncube cited stories of people being killed, beaten up or disappearing and said through such scare tactics the state security institutions had created a state of fear “within our psyche”.

“We are sitting on a lot of information we cannot move forward because of the lack of will in the police and anti-corruption commission when high-profile politicians are involved,” said Ncube.

Another speaker Procter Nyemba also lamented the pervasiveness of corruption but urged the public and civil society to work with government to achieve the desired results.

“Let us join hands with government to fight corruption,” said Nyemba who added that students in schools and universities must also be sensitised on the vice.



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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    kutongwa nonjazi 9 years ago

    The public I am sorry to say that they have given up, vaneta vakoana, 34 years of ruthless suppression. They just can’t do any more but I know that everyone is praying for God to intervene

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    Sekuru Mapenga 9 years ago

    Mugabe is not part of the corruption – he is the corruption. After 34 years he leaves a nation without self confidence, with distorted moral focus, with absence of leadership, without a national agenda, without direction, focused only on survival of their immediate families. Pray God that we do not have any more years of this man as our ruler.

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    He has been president for 34 years. The buck stops with him!

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    That Buck should be booted out . Even Banda went but look what he did to his country . Stuffed it up. I and all Zimbabweans do not want others to give us aid . We managed bèfore Mugabe came and we can do it again. Just let Bob go so we can start again and with or without Zanu preferably without the clowns.

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    Dhonodzo 9 years ago

    After all is said nothing will be done so why open your mouth to spoil our day with dull news

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    Zvamusina Kumbirai 9 years ago

    Yes he (Mugabe) is involved we are quite aware. What is the way which can serve Zimbabweans from the hands of this evil and corrupt government. We are sick and tired about people who are good at talking and without action. We need people who can lead us to fight and take control of everything that can help Zimbabweans. Mugabe must go and his government thus 100% true. Can he just say guyz I’m going with my thieves. We are living powers to you. No he can’t because he is ready to die on the post. And his followers are so power hungry. By so doing we need people who does have construction ideas who are not scarred to fight for the better. We all know that Mugabe has got all forces to defeat us. He has army, police and even security guards. And we have stones in our hands. Is difficult but is the only way. Talking without action is not different from a bucking dog which don’t bites. 100 of Zimbabweans has already died let him finish US all. If we keep watch we will also die we need way out.

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    Reverend 9 years ago

    This article is like saying water is wet, and ice is cold, oil is oily. For goodness sake does anyone have to be told that mugabe is part of corruption? Solomon Majuru who mugabe murdered had a $9Billon estate, and I believe mugabe has to be worth in the realms of $15 -20 Billion of stolen cash. He may realize soon the futility of all this money, but yes it is time for a close to quiet diplomacy, and people need to start reacting to this evil. While I believe in God, I do believe that our sad situation is self inflicted and we have to work now to destroy this iniquetous evil that is destroying us.