Bl­itzkrieg scums so­ci­ety

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Per­spec­tive Stephen Mpofu

COR­RUP­TION is like cancer. If left to spread and flower the scourge blights the im­ages of state in­sti­tu­tions, lo­cal author­i­ties and the name of our coun­try in the eyes of the global com­mu­nity with detri­men­tal con­se­quences all round.

When you con­sider the hor­ren­dous na­ture of cor­rup­tion, as this pen does, you can­not help but shower ku­dos to the Par­lia­ment of Zim­babwe for or­gan­is­ing a work­shop to ca­pac­i­tate jour­nal­ists and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions with the nec­es­sary skills to fos­ter ac­count­abil­ity for pub­lic funds par­tic­u­larly in state in­sti­tu­tions as well as in lo­cal author­i­ties.

Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Cde Edna Mad­zongwe, called, when ad­dress­ing the work­shop in Bulawayo on Tues­day, for the jour­nal­ists and mem­bers of the civil so­ci­ety to work to­gether in ex­pos­ing cor­rupt per­son­nel and with that cleans­ing the in­sti­tu­tions in point of abuses of funds in the in­sti­tu­tions in ques­tion.

This pen has not ever put a foot in the door of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and pushed it to look in­side to dis­cover just how clean their in­testines and hands are and there­fore in­su­lar to cor­rup­tion in or­der for their mem­bers to play a role in weed­ing out cor­rup­tion, as urged by Cde Mad­zongwe.

But as a vet­eran com­mu­ni­col­o­gist, this pen can state with equa­nim­ity that, by their very na­ture and char­ac­ter, jour­nal­ists are born to play a piv­otal role in blitzkrieg­ing cor­rupt and other evil ten­den­cies hi­ber­nat­ing in so­ci­ety while at the same time in­form­ing, ed­u­cat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing that same so­ci­ety.

As such print and broad­cast jour­nal­ists must be driven in their work by an un­flinch­ing in­tre­pid­ity to rake the muck in the so­ci­ety so as to in­still fear of the law and of God’s wrath among would-be-cor­rupt and other po­ten­tial crim­i­nals.

But per­haps the great­est ca­pac­ity-builder for jour­nal­ists and for mem­bers of civil so­ci­ety feed­ing them with in­for­ma­tion about cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als to ex­pose, is a piece of no-non­sense leg­is­la­tion against flitfin­gered han­dlers of cash or those with easy ac­cess to funds in lo­cal author­i­ties as well as in state in­sti­tu­tions.

Thus, while it was all very well for par­lia­ment to set up the work­shop to em­power me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers and civil so­ci­ety mem­bers for them to ef­fec­tively fight cor­rup­tion, for these peo­ple to name and shame cor­rupt pub­lic of­fi­cials will be akin to the ti­tle of Shake­speare’s play, Much Ado About Noth­ing with­out the back­ing of a stiff anti-cor­rup­tion law.

As the leg­isla­tive arm of the Gov­ern­ment, it is in­cum­bent on the leg­is­la­ture to pass such a law to deal cor­rup­tion a death knell.

Equally im­por­tant, the jour­nal­ists them­selves will need pro­tec­tion against law­suits by those they ex­pose soil. as cor­rupt; oth­er­wise the scribes will risk run­ning the gaunt­let of law­suits for al­leged defama­tion of char­ac­ter by those that they name for fid­dling with their em­ploy­ers’ money.

Yet an all out crack­down on cor­rup­tion is some­thing long, long over­due in this coun­try with ex­ec­u­tives and oth­ers known in­creas­ingly to be in­volved in rat races for riches us­ing ill­got­ten money.

Fre­quent Press re­ports about ram­pant cor­rup­tion frighten, or even de­ter po­ten­tial for­eign in­vestors to the detri­ment of this coun­try’s wound­ed­knee econ­omy that needs an ex­ter­nal fi­nan­cial life­line to re­vive it from the on­slaught of il­le­gal Western sanc­tions im­posed as pun­ish­ment for the in­tro­duc­tion of the land re­form pro­gramme to cor­rect his­tor­i­cal im­bal­ances in the dis­tri­bu­tion of that vi­tal nat­u­ral re­source, the

is pen also be­lieves that an ur­gent need ex­ists for the Church to weigh in strongly with a pos­i­tive outreach cam­paign against any evil deeds, be they eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal or so­cial for God the Almighty to in­ter­vene and re­store law­ful­ness and or­der in our so­ci­ety.

Whether hu­man­ity re­alises it or not, likes it or not, the pos­i­tive outreach of God’s peo­ple, the Church, alone stands the only chance of bring­ing san­ity, le­gal­ity and or­der to our trou­bled globe with rav­ages of vi­o­lence, cor­rup­tion and gen­eral law­less­ness de­pict­ing what ap­pear to be signs of end times.

Cde Edna Mad­zongwe

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