Case of birds of a feather

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Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa launched his wife Auxilia’s Zibagwe-Chirumanzu constituency campaign by declaring that President Robert Mugabe will name and shame corrupt ministers.

But Mugabe has a history of paying lip service to graft. Mnangagwa might want to cast his eye a little back in the past and recall that Mugabe protected the late Kumbirai Kangai and said that he had no money to pay for his corrupt tendencies.

Kangai along a whole host of Zanu PF officials have over the years gotten away with genocide, murder, fraud, theft, rape, gender-based violence, child labour and all forms of evil.

Vincent Pamire’s maize deal, the Willowgate vehicle scandal, the 100% War Victims Compensation Fund, looting of Zimcord and other investment monies and bribery of investors have all been consistently coarse and commonly directed by Zanu PF officials.

Diamonds have been looted all along eastern Zimbabwe; so have emeralds and other minerals.  Zanu PF has consistently refused to get anything to work or be implemented from the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project to commission reports on Gukurahundi genocide or Operation Murambatsvina.

Mugabe appoints ministers and their deputies, but none are accountable to anyone. He should walk the talk.

Apparently it has been acceptable to ignore corruption because we presume it comes right from the very top. Leaders who accept changes to constitutions of their parties at the stroke of a pen and oust colleagues because they cannot accept criticism can only lead their countries down the abyss.

We would like Zanu PF to concentrate on getting the country back on its economic feet so we could read better news than the tired look at MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth Macheka alleged marital problem, real or imagined.

We have long cried for responsible and accountable governance and have long craved for a government that would take its electorate seriously.

We are aware too that the Anti-Corruption Commission was muscled out of action because it dared challenge corruption at high circles.

We wait with bated breath Mugabe’s naming and shaming of ministers he has presided over for more than three decades committing heinous crimes against Zimbabwean people.