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Mugabe vows to act against corruption

Dec 10 2012 08:14 Malcom Sharara, Fin24's correspondent in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

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Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened to take corrective action against delinquent senior government officials and ministers whom he says are in the habit of demanding kickbacks for every foreign investment deal. 

The president’s remarks made in his official opening address of Zanu PF’s ongoing 13th Annual National People’s Conference  confirms the high level of corruption in the country’s inclusive government. 

Mugabe also said rogue ministers made the illicit demands using his name. He said he had irrefutable evidence proffered by former SA President Thabo Mbeki that South African companies were the biggest victims of the rogue ministers. 

“The relevant authorities will be moving to curb such rot and act harshly against those caught on the wrong.”

Mugabe also spoke against the corruption at road blocks:  “You come to a roadblock and your car has no brakes, the policeman asks for $200 from you and lets you go.”

He pointed out police and Zimra officials as the main culprits of the graft scourge. Zimra officials were accused by the president of fleecing ‘poor’ cross border traders who passed through the Beitbridge Border post and other ports of entry.

“Honest money goes towards the upkeep of the family but that which is obtained dishonesty is spent recklessly on alcohol and women. We are all men and I know what my fellow men do!”

The president said the penalty for acting dishonestly will be drastic and harsh.

Zimbabwe was rated 163 out of 176 countries by Transparency International’s corruption perception index making it the most corrupt nation in the SADC region.

Corruption in Zimbabwe remains the country’s major hindrance to the attainment of an upward and transparent government where some public figures such as politicians have amassed wealth.  

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