NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

Corruption to blame for economy’s collapse


THE November 2017 coup benefited Zanu PF bigwigs who felt outclassed by the emerging G40 at the time. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed dismally to clean up the Zimbabwe’s image.

A once vibrant economy has been ruined. Many people have fled the country to seek greener pastures in other countries as the economy collapsed.

Corruption has become endemic in a nation that has been ranked 160 out of 180 by Transparen­cy Internatio­nal.

Mnangagwa’s anti-corruption drive has not yielded any fruits.

He is pretending to be fighting corruption, but deep down in his heart, he knows that he lacks the stamina to eradicate it.

He is surrounded by vultures which have an insatiable appetite for looting and are not leaving anything to chance.

Corruption is driving the prices of basic commoditie­s up and sending the Zimbabwean dollar tumbling.

Due to corruption, some internatio­nal organisati­ons are cutting ties or slowing re-engagement with our government.

The mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business” is dying a silent death. There is need for integrity, transparen­cy and accountabi­lity in order to achieve our goals as the nation.

Many people are living in abject poverty and government is failing to build and upgrade critical infrastruc­ture such as hospitals and clinics.

It is disturbing to note that since 2015, US$24,4 billion has been looted from Treasury, yet authoritie­s blame sanctions.

The scourge of corruption has made even the most ethical, religious and morally upright societies vulnerable.

Corruption eats the moral fibre of State and cascades down to the lower rungs of society.

Most of these so-called revolution­ary parties masqueradi­ng as people’s government­s are a replica of colonial government­s which relentless­ly looted the country’s resources.

It is just a change in looting methods and the faces of the looters. We need accountabi­lity, transparen­cy and people-oriented government­s.

Some government officials unashamedl­y line their pockets when the whole country is languishin­g in poverty.

Leonard Koni

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa

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