Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) statement on parastatal corruption, obscene salaries and poor service delivery
The Coalition notes with alarm the current developments in parastatals,state enterprises and local authorities such as Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Public Medical Aid Association (PMAS), Harare City Council (HCC) and Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) among others.
The Coalition would like to register its sternest disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability, widespread corruption in public institutions and death of conscience in public officials who have become shockingly parasitic on the State by siphoning large millions of public funds through obscene salaries, and shadowy transactions.
What is more abhorrent is that most of the hardworking employees in these organisations were wallowing in abject poverty and going for many months without receiving their meagre salaries.
The Coalition notes, with great consternation, shock and outrage that some of these underhand dealings were known to government officials several months ago, but the disturbing information was withheld for political reasons ahead of the July 31 elections.
Reference is being made to the ZBC, ZMDC and PMAS sagas where it has emerged that , information regarding the underhand deals and shocking salaries was kept under wraps during the inclusive government either to frustrate the opposition or to preserve people perceived to be aligned to Zanu-PF.
The Coalition would like to boldly state that this calculated delay, deliberate withholding of information and reluctance to act on such malfeasance especially by responsible ministries is the biggest corruption scandal since independence.
It is also sad to note that some independent newspapers were denied information in the form of public documents when they got track of the corruption many months ago, leading to delays in stopping the prejudicing of lean government coffers.
It is even tragic that Ministers like Ignatius Chombo are unashamedly pandering to the political hoax of calculated exposures by refusing the elected officials of the Harare City Council led by Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni the unhindered room to investigate possible malfeasance by council directors.
We boldly flag out the warped mentality, chicanery and charade by Chombo which is calculated at frustrating those who genuinely want to investigate these scandals in order to protect public funds from further abuse.
The Coalition is also worried by the soft approach being taken by government in terms of dealing with the public officials involved in these ridiculous prejudices of state coffers. The Coalition is disturbed by the subdued approach of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) as well as the inertia by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), as they are always waiting for political direction to investigate, or arrest as the case may be.
- The unequivocal censure of public officials through dismissal for awarding themselves obscene salaries; Where the salaries were not approved by parent Ministries there should be clear investigations and appropriate punishment meted out; and the overhaul of the Boards of parastatals that approved such salaries.
- The immediate cession by the Zanu-PF government of all manners of concealment of corruption or delayed and calculated exposures while parastatals continue to bleed.
- The immediate stoppage of the practice by government departments of withholding information from private media especially if such information is relevant to the exposure of corruption or looting of public resources.
- That government set up clear guidelines that criminalise obscene salaries and clear steps that should be taken in the unfortunate event of such practices.
- That government should immediately investigate all parastatals most of which are loss-making to sniff out any untoward tendencies of the kind recently unearthed.
- That government should broaden the muck-racking to other public spheres in order to bring to a halt the bleeding of state coffers.
That government should embrace a multi-sectoral approach in dealing with corruption, including acknowledging the relevance of private media, opposition parties and civil society to stem this looming scourge that constitutes a threat to economic recovery.
Issued by: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
1. Mfundo Mlilo, Spokesperson, Mobile: +263 772 127 397 / +1 612 483 0685
2. Joy Mabenge, Acting Executive Director, Mobile: +27 11 838 9642,