The Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai today said corruption has become part and parcel of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front which has been in power for the past 36 years.
“ZANU-PF and corruption have become like inseparable Siamese twins,” the party said in a statement.
It said the ruling party had literally turned a blind eye on corruption since the Willowvale Motor scandal of the 1980s which saw five cabinet ministers losing their jobs.
“The so-called indigenisation policy actually took the 'art' of corruption to the next level. Senior government officials that passionately and incessantly drove the indigenisation mantra actually became so hopelessly corrupt,” the MDC-T said.
“They flagrantly abused the power and authority that was entrusted upon them by openly soliciting for bribes and demanding huge kickbacks from company owners and other affected business executives. They became so wealthy that one of them built a 50 bedroom mansion that he hoped to convert into a hotel in case things went the other way. No one spoke a word as it was business as usual within the ZANU-PF regime.”
The main opposition party said former Local Government Minister Ignatious Chombo acquired several immovable properties nationwide through blatant and corrupt of office and is now one of the wealthiest cabinet ministers in the ZANU-PF regime. No one uttered a word. And to date, Chombo is still a free man!
“One Cuthbert Dube literally brought down the PSMAS by, amongst other corrupt shenanigans, paying himself a staggering and obscene salary in the sum of $500 000 per month for literally doing nothing. No punitive government action was taken against him except giving him a golden handshake!
“Then followed the $15 billion dollars diamonds scandal. President Mugabe casually mentioned the issue and thundered from the podium that such corruption was amazing. The issue was to be investigated; a polite tactic to keep the public anger under control.”
The MDC-T said Energy Minister Samuel Undenge entered the scene and blindly awarded a $500 million tender to one Wicknell Chivayo, a secondary school dropout from Cranborne Boys' High in Harare who is also an ex convict.
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