Corrupt ministers face jail: President

via Corrupt ministers face jail: President | The Herald August 30, 2014 by Lloyd Gumbo

Cabinet ministers and senior Government officials must not be corruptible and those caught on the wrong side of the law will be prosecuted, President Mugabe has said. President Mugabe, who is winding up his week-long State visit here, said this on Thursday during an interview with Guangdong province’s top television station, Guangdong TV. “Corruption, corruption is part of us to make a choice between right and wrong,” the President asserted. “What is a right thing for us to do? The ethics of our actions.”

He said there were a number of ways in which corruption could be curbed adding that it was not the role of Government and law enforcements agents to fight the vice alone.
“First, your society must be well-schooled on what is right and what is wrong and that’s why we also insist that the schools, the churches and other organisations must give instructions to people as they grow,” said President Mugabe.

He said even if they were taught on morals, people would naturally be tempted to fall prey to the vice, as such any corrupt people would be punished.
“If you detect people who have committed theft, who have defrauded an organisation or company, they must be punished and punished by being sent to prison. We send them to prison.
“And those in the leadership must lead by example . . . Ministers of Government, officials in Government they must be the model of good behaviour, of good conduct, of respecting the ethics of their actions,” said President Mugabe.

Turning to bilateral co-operation between Zimbabwe and China, the President said the relationship had come a long way.
He said while China helped Zimbabwe militarily during the liberation struggle, the focus now was on economic co-operation to improve the livelihoods of citizens of the two countries.
“It’s a fact that the Chinese are part of us as we keep away the British and the Americans.

“They are partners, they are very constructive. Very positive whereas Europe and America . . . when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions and that is our objection,” he said.

The President said some of the conditions that they imposed were immoral, for instance the demand that countries in Africa embrace homosexuality for them to get aid.
He said it was clear that Europe and America used propaganda to castigate Sino-Africa relations.

“We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control, China uses aid to promote the African personality.

“The Africans remain in control of their resources and all they are doing is joining the Africans as partners in order to produce more. To add more value to their natural resources. Surely, there is the aspect of benefits. China doesn’t do it always and I think here and there they will be generous and give things for charity.

“They come as joint ventures and as joint ventures you do business together and share profits. Now the Europeans don’t like that but apart from that they think Africa is their God-given territory because once upon a time they oppressed us. They had colonies in Africa. They had shared Africa like a cake, this part belongs to the British, that part to the Belgians and that other part to the French, the Germans. There was that scramble for Africa. Not so with the Chinese,” said President Mugabe.

The delegation toured one of the leading diamond cutting companies in Guangzhou which also has branches in South Africa.
President Mugabe expressed satisfaction with the firm’s performance adding that there were possible areas of co-operation between Zimbabwe and Guangzhou especially in the mining sector.

He said Zimbabwe would want to engage companies with technical skills, efficient machinery and financial clout to exploit minerals in the country especially deep-seated diamonds like kimberlites and conglomerates.

Some firms extracting precious gems in Chiadzwa last year told Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa that they had hit a hard rock after alluvial diamonds were exhausted.

They requested more mining concessions saying it was too expensive to extract conglomerates and kimberlites on current claims since they did not have efficient machinery.
Minister Chidhakwa, who is , part of the President’s delegation, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm that is into explosives manufacturing that wants to open a firm in Zimbabwe.

He said opening of the plant in Zimbabwe would see the country cut down on exporting more than US$25 million on explosives every year.
Minister Chidhakwa said Zimbabwe would also export the explosives to other countries on the continent since it would be first such plant to manufacture them.

COMMENTS

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Madness comrade robber muggers commander in thief and whore vets …madness is a symptom of syphillis any Herr doktor will tell you

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    This has surely gotta be the ” saying of the year ” !!!!!!!!!! Betters even the ” no one could have done a better job on the economy than me ( the obedient son of Jesus ) “. Slang parlance for ” looting “

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Why do we need a chinky explosives factory ?? Zanupf has already successfully ” exploded ” mugabeland into smithereens

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    Chaka 8 years ago

    Sure sir, if we could start at the top with these arrests

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    The man seems oblivious to the fact that the Chinese achieved their economic ‘miracle’ in part by opening up to the West after Nixon.

    As for corruption, this lends to the claim that the Chinese have pressed ZANU PF to address 3 key issues: succession, corruption and security of investments. While the securitization seems to have been acknowledged in the recent ‘mega deals’ the other two are, as we are reminded by Mugabe above, mostly fatuous yap-yap for now.

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    Charles Chamunorwa 8 years ago

    Mugabe said this in China were apparently Zimbabwe’s Ambassador, F. Shava, was saved from serving time for corruption by none other than Mugabe himself.

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    chiremba wemberengwa 8 years ago

    Ministers can rest assured that nothing will happen to them because those who must investigate them have hands which are just as dirty or worse, We understand that all the corruption that was reported by the press earlier this year with a lot of ministers fingered will not be investigated and so lets all just shut up about this corruption talk! By the way what happened to the search warrants that the anti corruption commission got from the High Court the other year? The commissioners themselves got arrested and that was the end of the story and we continue to think one day corruption will dealt with, my foot!!!

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    chiremba wemberengwa 8 years ago

    If there is will to deal with corruption, why not start investigating the former Ministers of Mines and Transport as well as Minister of Local Government for wealth which they themselves cannot explain?????

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    China uses aid to promote the African personality – Theft and corruption?

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    Today who are the biggest donors to Zimbabwe, USA, UK and EU…

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    Shenanigans 8 years ago

    In Blighty we say “POPPYCOCK OLD BOY”.

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    Mugabe is a total arze wipe. Just name one Minister who has been jailed for corruption, Since the Willogate Scandal right through to Kangai emptying the country’s silos, the false claims of disability by the likes of Hunzvi to the cancer that corruption has spread now?

    Simple answer is NONE.
    SO WHO IS TRYING TO LIE TO?

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    everyone is corrupt except of course for Robert Matibili himself !

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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago

    MAKAINONOKERA COLGATE BABA MUGABE!

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    The man is sickening. Why does he waste breath on this rubbish. He does not believe a word of it himself .

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    Tinomunamataishe 8 years ago

    How can Mugabe try to tricky anybody, maybe in China he can do that.
    Firstly, Mugabe is the most corrupt of them all and his ministers and officials know that and they also know that they can be as corrupt as they can be but nothing will ever happen to them as long as corrupt Mugabe is in power.

    Early this year he said “in two weeks ministers will be arrested for corruption” and nothing happened and therefore nothing will ever happen. The corruption has the blessing of their supreme leader.

    Until there is a new leader in Zimbabwe corruption will continue unabated and all we will see will be the leaders getting even richer with money from corrupt deals while Mugabe from time to time will condemn corruption but deep down he will be laughing.

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    Mseyamwa 8 years ago

    Heading should have read “Entire Cabinet off to Prison”, then.

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    saddened 8 years ago

    I could waste my time & breath but I won’t except to say. Please shut it Bob you know nothing will be done!

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    JOHNSON 8 years ago

    Kikikikikiki Arrest ministers for corruption? kikikikikiki. When will that utopia come to pass? kikikikikikikiki. halllaaaaaalah! funny cok ‘n bull stories you tell grandchildren for them to go to sleep. kiikikikikkkiikkkkii

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    “If you detect people who have committed theft, who have defrauded an organisation or company, they must be punished and punished by being sent to prison. We send them to prison.”

    HOLLOW BELLOWING OF SUPPOSEDLY HOT AIR!!

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      roving ambassador. 8 years ago

      “If you detect people who have committed theft, who have defrauded an organisation or company, they must be punished and punished by being sent to prison. We send them to prison.”
      I bet he meant ‘send them to parliament’

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    I agree with you Museyamwa. Then the President will have no cabinet.

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    bingo wajakata 8 years ago

    What a joke! A sad joke. The only thing Mugabe has ever done is to make the people of Zimbabwe suffer, nothing else. Infrastructure has decayed, hospitals have become death chambers, a good education has becoming a preserve of the rich, corruption is the operational word in the police, intimidation, torture and murder is rewarded for as long as its done in furtherance of ZANU PF. Mugabe is a madman and worse than Hitler!

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    Johno 8 years ago

    If awarding the Chinese mega contracts without going to tender is not “strings attached” then I don’t know what is! Either this man thinks Zimbabweans are blind or he is plain stupid.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    ho ho ho has he taken a good look at himself in the mirror before uttering such words ho ho ho how hypocritcal can one be ho ho ho!

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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago

    TOO MUCH DRAMA

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    kutongwa nonjazi 8 years ago

    Ndashaya kana pekuhwanda nekunyara. Ko kunyarara munhu mukuru undi. Zimbabwens are both intelligent and very restraint. They know exactly what’s happening. Who is not corrupt in Zanu fpiii efu