TRIB­AL­ISM BREEDS COR­RUP­TION: VP Mphoko calls on se­nior lead­ers to de­clare as­sets

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

THE scourge of trib­al­ism has to be ad­dressed if the coun­try is to over­come cor­rup­tion and re­vive the econ­omy, Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko said in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

VP Mphoko said he agrees with Act­ing Pres­i­dent Emmerson Mnan­gagwa that the coun­try should step up ef­forts to fight cor­rup­tion but em­pha­sised the need to in­stil a spirit of to­geth­er­ness and shun trib­al­ism, the mother of cor­rup­tion, among the peo­ple of Zim­babwe.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa last week re­it­er­ated the need to pro­mote the con­sti­tu­tion in fight­ing ram­pant cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism in pub­lic and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Speak­ing dur­ing a han­dover of 3 000 day old chicks un­der his poul­try project to res­i­dents of Mpopoma sub­urb at Bango shop­ping cen­tre yes­ter­day, VP Mphoko said: “I agree with Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa but I strongly be­lieve that it’s trib­al­ism that we should deal with first. It’s the mother of cor­rup­tion. It’s a de­struc­tive weapon that is used to op­press good gov­er­nance and pro­mote cor­rup­tion.

“We’re all Zim­bab­weans and no­body is bet­ter than the other. I de­spise trib­al­ists. A trib­al­ist is a piece of noth­ing to me be­cause dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle I had peo­ple un­der my com­mand and peo­ple died. Among the peo­ple who died there were all tribes of peo­ple found in Zim­babwe. Let’s ad­dress trib­al­ism”.

The Vice Pres­i­dent said it was sad that some of­fi­cials in the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion were cor­rupt peo­ple who did not de­serve to be part of that com­mis­sion.

“There are some of­fi­cials who ran away from Namibia and South Africa af­ter they com­mit­ted crimes. They will be ar­rested if they go back to those coun­tries but they have po­si­tions in the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion. Such a com­mis­sion will never be ef­fec­tive.

“It’s not healthy for the coun­try. It de­stroys the econ­omy. It’s like a teacher, some­one who is trusted by par­ents, rap­ing school chil­dren,” said VP Mphoko.

He took a swipe at some sec­tions of the me­dia for writ­ing neg­a­tive sto­ries about him adding that he is not a thief, a dealer or a gam­bler but a straight for­ward leader and busi­ness per­son.

VP Mphoko said it was im­por­tant for lead­ers in the coun­try, se­nior of­fi­cials in the Gov­ern­ment, paras­tatals and the pri­vate sec­tor to de­clare their as­sets for the sake of trans­parency.

He ex­pressed con­cern over a short­age of med­i­ca­tion and re­sources in hos­pi­tals although pa­tients were pay­ing hospi­tal fees, say­ing it was due to cor­rup­tion.

Mean­while, VP Mphoko vis­ited a num­ber of groups in Nku­lumane sub­urb who ben­e­fited from his poul­try project that he launched this year.

He said he was im­pressed by the per­for­mance of the projects, which are meant to em­power res­i­dents and re­duce poverty among fam­i­lies.

The project is ex­pected to cover the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces.

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko as­sisted by Mpopoma/Pe­land­aba MP Joseph Tshuma hands over a do­na­tion of 3 000 day-old chicks in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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