Cor­rup­tion scar­ing away in­vestors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Cor­rup­tion is eat­ing away at the na­tion like a ter­mite. In­vestors the world over con­sider the level of cor­rup­tion in an econ­omy in mak­ing de­ci­sions to set up shop in a coun­try.

In Zim­babwe cor­rup­tion have proved to be one of the ma­jor fac­tors that scare away ef­fi­cient and po­ten­tial in­vestors.

Prom­i­nent elite cit­i­zens have been as­so­ci­ated with shady deals and none of those ac­cused has solidly proved their tales.

Re­cently, the me­dia had been awash with sto­ries al­leg­ing that top Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and paras­tatal bosses had looted thou­sands or mil­lions of dol­lars for their per­sonal gain.

Let not any in­di­vid­ual pro­tect these bad ap­ples in our econ­omy, de­spite their sta­tion, suf­fer­ing Zim­bab­weans will heave a sigh of re­lief if those who abuse tax­pay­ers funds are brought to book.

In the same vein, the prin­ci­ple of in­no­cent un­til proven guilty should be al­lowed to play out. As a con­cerned cit­i­zen of this coun­try I feel it is high time wheels of jus­tice start turn­ing in all the cases of cor­rup­tion. Al­though pub­lic opin­ion is not a court of law, their sen­ti­ments of roundly con­demn­ing acts of cor­rup­tion calls for ac­tion from the re­spon­si­ble stake­hold­ers.

It is com­mend­able to note that the con­sti­tu­tion­ally formed body — Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion — have been re­moved from the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs to The Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net.

This will give ZACC strength and re­spectabil­ity as said by VP Mnan­gagwa.

The me­dia on its part is do­ing one of its prime func­tions to in­form.

That watch­dog func­tion should con­tinue to pre­vail in or­der to ex­pose those who think they are above the law due to their big po­si­tions.

Let’s not these guys try to prove their in­no­cence in the me­dia whilist we have right plat­forms where they ca de­fend their cases. Thumbs up to the Ex­ec­u­tive of this coun­try for declar­ing zero tol­er­ance against cor­ru­pion. Gareth Nkomo, Bu­l­awayo.

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