Ex-Minister says corruption must be treated like cholera

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By Staff Reporter

FORMER State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo (pictured below) has urged the Emmerson Mnangagwa led government to deal with corruption with the same urgency displayed during the recent cholera outbreak that killed 49 people.

Moyo, now Public Policy Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PPRIZ) Executive Director, said this in a statement Friday.

“Government must marshal all energies, resources and time towards combating state corruption.

“The scourge of corruption must be treated like cholera and HIV/Aids before it devours all economic recovery effort,” he said.

At the height of the cholera menace last month, government quickly declared it a state of emergency, paving way for a concerted effort involving both state and private players to fight the scourge.

In his comments, Moyo, who was state firms Minister during the now defunct government of national unity 2009-13, also said the country’s parastatals were stinking with corruption, adding that nothing short of drastic measures by those who wield state authority could end the rot.

President Mnangagwa has vowed to fight rampant corruption in a country which by global corruption indexes place among the worst on the planet.

The new state leader is keen to woo foreign investors into an economy weighed down by decades of public sector corruption which has largely gone unchecked by authorities for reasons political or otherwise.

In a bid to break away from the tendency, Mnangagwa has cleared the arrest of some former cabinet ministers for offences committed during their terms of office.

Among them are Ignatius Chombo, Walter Chidhakwa, Walter Mzembi, David Parirenyatwa and Saviour Kasukuwere.

Ex-Energy Minister Samuel Undenge has emerged worst of the lot after he was convicted and jailed for two and half years for corruption offences committed during his tenure.

However, Moyo is least impressed with Mnangagwa’s antics and urges government to employ remedies which match the size of the monster.

“The current government is fully aware of the extent, scope and magnitude of the scourge of corruption in this country,” he said.

“Its rhetoric against it is not enough. It must be weeded urgently if economic recovery is to earnestly take root.”

He added, “The new administration should take urgent measures beyond rhetoric to address this social ailment. For example, State enterprises and parastatals are stinking with corruption.

“Government departments including magistrate courts, vehicle licencing and immigration departments are all havens of criminals.

“Local authorities have become citadels of illicit deals involving residential and commercial stand allocation among other circuits of primitive accumulation.

“Corruption has found fertile breeding ground in all corners of society.”