Mugabe’s legacy: stinking corruption – Jera

via Mugabe’s legacy: stinking corruption | The Zimbabwean 29.01.14 by Jera

Cuthbert Dube, CEO of Public Service Medical Aid Society, paid himself $230K per month. The board consumed $1M of members’ contributions, every month! And all this while PSMAS owes $38M to medical service providers.

Just as the nation was coming to grips with Cuthbert Dube’s treasonous pillaging, a fresh scandal emerged about a multi-million dollar insurance scam, running from 2009 to 2013 at Air Zimbabwe – a parastatal we all believed did not have two pennies to rub together.At the eye of the storm is CEO Grace Pfumbidzayi, who is niece to the secretary for transport, Munesu Munodawafa. How the fraud evaded the eyes of auditors and the transport ministry for four years in mindboggling.

Mugabe has readily labelled his opponents as sell-outs. Tendai Biti was charged with treason after announcing election results in 2008.

True Treason

But misuse of public funds is the true treason. For every dollar pilfered from government, an underprivileged child goes hungry. As a result of Cuthbert Dube’s self-enrichment drive, pregnant women failed to access medical assistance from hospitals. Medical service providers have become increasingly unwilling to accept PSMAS cards, owing to lengthy delays in processing claims. If Cuthbert Dube had exercised prudence PSMAS members would receive better healthcare.

Humourists have labelled him Cashbert Dube, Cut-Purse Dube but this offence is no laughing matter. The only joke in all of this is Dube’s résumé, which has a mile-long list of management awards and college degrees, proving correct the old adage that you cannot teach common sense. Common sense dictates that the CEOs should only award themselves salaries that match profits.

Corruption should not shock us. We have had 34 years to acclimatise. It was introduced to Zimbabwe by Zanu (PF). The Rhodesian government was oppressive. Thank goodness it is gone. But nobody bought drivers’ licenses from VID until Zanu (PF) came to power. If you were caught flouting road regulations, your goose was cooked. There was no ‘come let’s talk’ or ‘money for drink.’

Very early in Mugabe’s tenure, the likes of Kumbirai Kangai, Morris Nyagumbo and Fredrick Shava were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Shava had the ministerial stripes torn from his shoulders and Nyagumbo sipped a tot of pesticide in shame. Then we lowered his coffin at a shrine for heroes. Shava is living lavishly in a diplomatic home in China.

Teflon vest

More recently, Goodwills Masimirembwa provided us with a shocking distraction from our daily troubles, when he extorted $6M from a foreign investor, while simultaneously denting Zimbabwe’s bid to sell itself as safe investment destination.

There was no reprimand for the perpetrators. Parastatal CEOs are political appointments. Zanu (PF)’s party card is a Teflon vest, capable of stopping large calibre corruption charges, even at close range.

The fact that it is, of all publications, The Herald, that has revealed these scandals does not in any way mean there is a change at that governmental propaganda machine. The natives are restless: civil servants want better salaries, youths demand the promised two million jobs, civil rights groups are calling for alignment of the country’s laws to the new constitution.

But Zanu (PF) is at a loss for ideas. So the strategy is to throw out a few scandals which will never translate to jobs or food. What is worse is that the ministers and secretaries responsible for AirZim, PSMAS and ZBC will not be punished. Looting CEOs will neither be prosecuted nor have their assets seized.


Patrick Chinamasa has failed in a bid to obtain financial support from ‘all weather friend,’ China. Senior government sources revealed that the Chinese were unimpressed by Chinamasa’s Zimasset document, preferring instead ‘bankable projects.’ Such is the scarcity of money that Mugabe’s government has eaten large portions of humble pie and approached – would you believe – Britain’s Department of International Development, seeking funds for one million disadvantaged pupils under the Basic Educational Assistance Module.

Despite Mugabe publicly screaming ‘Blair keep your Britain,’ the evil British provided 13million text books and school fees for 300,000 pupils, between 2009 and 2013. Zanu (PF) will tell anybody who is silly enough to listen to them that China is an ‘all weather friend’ but even China can see Mugabe’s mythical ZimAsset for what it is.

Former finance minister, Tendai Biti, has likened Zanu (PF)’s mentality to broiler chickens which eat without stopping.

‘The biggest problem is that Zanu (PF) do not understand money and the economy. They are functionally illiterate. They think that money grows on trees.’ It would be difficult to dispute these allegations, considering Chinamasa thought China could simply surrender $10Billion of their money to him without wanting to know the finer details of his financial plans.

Biti said Zimbabwe has all the conditions suitable for a coup-d’etat. The conditions in which rebellions occur in Africa are a lack of leadership, the exclusion of some persons or tribes and a non functioning economy. Mugabe has sequestered himself inside State House since returning from holiday, effectively robbing the nation of leadership.

VP Mujuru does not have full presidential powers and would not want to make major changes, for fear of spoiling her succession ambitions. The recent formation of two new parties – Madhuku’s NCA and Mthwakazi Republic Party – suggests growing discontent.

Presidential confessions

In his first public appearance this year, Mugabe revealed previously unknown family details. He became head of the family, as a mere boy, after his father absconded. It turns out Mugabe Senior was taken with the ‘beautiful Ndebele girls’ and decided Matebeleland was more habitable.

Rejection is often a motive for murder. This explains Mugabe’s bitterness towards Matebeleland, upon whom he unleashed the full might of the Fifth Brigade. Tsholotsho, where Mugabe’s father sired two half-Ndebele children, bore the brunt of the army’s atrocities. Over 20,000 unarmed civilians were killed – a great portion burned alive in huts – under the guise of flushing out ‘dissidents’.


After the Chitungwiza land audit was completed, city council bulldozers were called in. Residents formed a human wall, preventing demolition and threatening the driver with violence. If only the masses had exhibited such bravery, maybe the country would not be in its current mess.. – Till next week, my pen is capped.


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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 8 years ago

    Chinamasa is brainless. He is all heat, hatred and anger to cover up his hollowness.

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    Zimbo 8 years ago

    And where is Morgan?One would think this corruption epidemic provides him with the perfect opportunity to reinvent himself.My advice to him is,smarten up.The revolution is going to leave you behind.

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    tsuro magena 8 years ago

    Saka todiyi…..munongopopota, frothing while sitting on a laptop. This is not a Tsvangirai matter. This is our matter.

    It pains me to see one of my intelligent and well educated uncles who used to be a “Mr” in Air Zimbabwe now selling tomatoes, yet his younger brother who ran away from home after failing RJC and went to Mozambique, now owns farms and farms, plus a top post in one of the parastatals and driving a 4X4.

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    reason 8 years ago

    Well the article appears to be well thought out but at the end of the day its just hog was written by a hate speech expert with no solution whatsoever to the problems bedevilling the country. Its even worse when the article quotes a drunken speech given by the useless and clueless Biti at a town hotel where he fell of from an executive chair in front of the audience due to intoxication. Be serious!

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    moyokumusha 8 years ago

    Uncap that pen and write more Jerra.

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    Ndebvu Mukomichi 8 years ago

    My View on RGM’s Legacy:
    1. Education for all: Zim has the highest literacy rate in Africa despite sanctions and other challenges.

    2. Peace and Unity: By putting down the Gukurahundi rebellion decisively and uniting the country RGM sowed the seeds of peace from armed banditry and division. The country is still reaping the rewards.

    3. Land Ownership: By righting this long-standing historical wrong, RGM has created an enduring legacy of indigenous wealth and prosperity. The current challenges can be likened to child-birth- the joy of parenthood always follows the blood sweat and tears of the birthing stool. This pain has failed to slow population growth and countries have had to use other means to prevent the population explosion. Lesson- the pain being experienced in Zim is temporary and should not cloud the long-ter vision.

    4. Strategic Alliances: Some of these alliances which date back to the liberation war have saved the country from external aggression.

    5. Mines and other resources——-.

    Corruption is a challenge affecting all countries – and exposong it is half the battle. That is why jails are full in many countries.

    Solution: Let all Zimbos work togther to develop the country.

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    Ndebvu Mukomichi 8 years ago

    Postscript: It seems that most African leaders agree that RGM is a hero of Africa. Hence they have made him AU Chairman.

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      Clive Sutherland 8 years ago

      They made him AU Chairman as this allows them to be just as corrupt as their godfather RGM!