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Government pre-empts parliament

Government today pre-empted parliament by announcing a new policy under which boards and chief executives for state enterprises will be appointed. It said it was establishing a Corporate Governance and Delivery Agency under the President’s Office to monitor the operations of all state enterprises, thus pre-emptying what the legislators were urging, a parliamentary committee to oversee the appointments. Parliamentarians from both the Movement for Democratic Change and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front were united that corruption was now destroying the country and they wanted to nip it in the bud. They said some of the government ministers were benefitting from the corruption in state enterprises under their ministries so it was important that parliament provide the oversight. While on paper, the recommendations seem to be aimed at combating corruption, they will be implemented by the very people accused of being corrupt or allowing corruption in their ministries. Some of the recommendations were culled from a commission of inquiry 27 years ago but were never implemented.

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