Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will have to up his game to prove that masamba asiyana in his quest to curb corruption because the majority of Zimbabweans have resigned themselves that no one can do anything to end the scourge.
Four out of every five Zimbabweans believe that the government is failing to combat corruption, which is on the increase, according to a survey by the Mass Public Opinion Institute carried out in November last year.
The findings were released last week.
To make matters worse, a quarter of those surveyed are afraid to report corruption because of adverse consequences.
One in five said there is no point in reporting corruption because nothing will be done, while 14 percent felt that corruption is now a normal part of life.
Nine percent said the reason they do not report corruption is that the officials to whom one reported are themselves corrupt.
Some 2 400 Zimbabweans were interviewed for the survey.
Almost two out of every five said there is nothing ordinary Zimbabweans can do to combat corruption.
But surprisingly, though the majority said the government had failed to fight corruption, half said the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is better able to deal with corruption in government than the opposition.
Only a quarter said the opposition is better placed to fight corruption while 19 percent said neither the government nor the opposition parties are most able to fight corruption.