Mugabe says heads will roll as corruption continues but…….


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President Robert Mugabe has once again promised that heads will roll as he tries to curb corruption. He said he had received a report that one lady Member of Parliament and a cabinet minister had demanded bribes to pave way for an investor only last week.

Mugabe did not name the two but said the legislator had demanded US$50 000 and the minister US$70 000.

The woman wanted the money “to open the way” for the investor which is a clear indication that there is political meddling in the approval of investments.

The country’s parliament has been debating corruption for three weeks with one legislator calling for capital punishment to end the rot.

Mugabe yesterday came shot of that stating that in Arab countries they had Sharia law which says that corrupt people and thieves should have their hands cut off. Zimbabwe did not have that but those found to be corrupt would have to rot in jail.

“We will be watching and watching kwese ikoko, kunana Chiadzwa uko kuMarange kwese uko. Tinoda kunyatsoona kuti zvinhu zvange zvichifamba sei. Kana kwange kuine corruption yange ichiitika tikaidzumbunura chete people will answer for it I can tell you,” he was quoted by The Herald as saying.

Mugabe has vowed that heads will roll before but has done nothing yet. The fact that a minister and a legislator had enough courage to ask for a bribe at the height of the debate on corruption is a clear indication that Mugabe’s administration is toothless.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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