Mugabe vows to act against corruption

2012-12-10 08:14

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.  

  • denis.delaport - 2012-12-10 08:25

    yea! they cant have a kick back on every deal, mmmmmmmmmmm perhaps every alternate, they must share with him.

      albert.m.burger - 2012-12-10 11:13

      No no Bob, suicide is never an answer... ; )

  • Lucky - 2012-12-10 08:26

    he must have had a pillow chat to our glam sisulu, who of course flew to zim by private lear on offical business!

  • apgreeff - 2012-12-10 08:43

    Ha-ha-ha. Election talk. How can the most corrupt say this and expect anybody must believe this? You, Mr Mugabe, has been a fool and remains to be one. You cannot be trusted nor can anything you say be taken seriously....

  • Michael - 2012-12-10 08:49

    Robert needs to overdose on lead, preferably administered in one dose to the back of the head.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-12-10 09:06


  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-10 09:35

    From the biggest evil corrupt man of all. The devil already owns his soul.

  • scholesss - 2012-12-10 09:36

    he is. corruption himself

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-12-10 09:57

    So says the biggest thief - amazing how these leaders dismiss the reality of thier own behaviour and actions - simply mind-blowing......!

  • koos.vanzyl.98 - 2012-12-10 10:11

    How do you act against yourself? In the mirror?

  • Watkykj - 2012-12-10 10:19

    And in other news, pigs learn to fly....

  • harald.voney - 2012-12-10 10:36

    "victims of the rogue ministers." is this guy for real?? he is the worst of the worst... Its like Zuma pointing fingers at anybody; it has no ligitamacy... I hate election politicying... they such Hypocryts!!!

  • jarred.myers.904 - 2012-12-10 10:48

    Sounds like Bob's advocating hara-kiri, hear hear.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-10 11:34

    Mad Bob obviously hates competition.

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-12-10 11:45

    Oh god he is funny,he has stolen anything not nailed down.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-12-10 14:15

    Should he not start with himself, and reverse the results of the last 3 or 4 general elections?

  • lazarus.kapesi - 2012-12-10 14:28

    For the first time since I was born I will agree with Mugabe. Zimra and police officials needs to be dealt with b4 its too late.

  • trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-12-10 14:37

    Act on corruption, what corruption. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha gie gie gie ha ha ha what a joke, SILVER BACKS ALWAYS GET THE CREAM

  • ljmostert - 2012-12-10 15:16

    My word! My word!! For how long will the masses be fooled by this imbecile corrupt idiot! JZ's role model!!

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-12-10 15:49

    and Robert made his millions how .... ?????

  • Sherwin Prim - 2012-12-10 17:48

    Paaaaaahahahahah! I rest my case, the current ANC and ZanuPF fall under the same umbrella!

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