Instead of dissolving the ZACC, the MDC would want to see ZACC up its game by bringing to book all perpetrators of heinous acts of corruption in both the public and private sectors. There should be absolutely no sacred cows.
It is a public secret that well–placed politicians within the ruling party and other people linked to the establishment are actively involved in serious acts of very high level corruption. Some people have imported expensive Rolls–Royce motor vehicles into the country using the proceeds of illicit funds and ill–gotten wealth.
We have reports of some people who have gone on a property – buying spree in posh districts of South Africa as well as overseas. It is these kind of criminals, crooks and wheeler – dealers who must be investigated and brought to book by ZACC.
Zimbabwe is too rich to be poor. The faction–infested and collapsing Zanu PF regime cannot even account for the billions of United States dollars that were siphoned from the Marange and Chiadzwa diamond–mining areas.
Not too long ago, President Robert Mugabe himself publicly disclosed that at least US$15 billion worth of diamond proceeds could not be accounted for. It is in these circumstances that ZACC should have immediately sprung into action in order to thoroughly investigate what became of all this money from the sale of the country’s diamonds.
As it is now, ZACC is a weak and lame duck corruption–busting institution that has dismally and hopelessly failed to bring into fruition the investigation and eventual prosecution of any cases of high–level corruption.
The national economy is virtually comatose largely due to rampant and unchecked corruption. Zimbabwe is bleeding from a thriving illegal foreign currency market that is mostly driven by people who are highly placed in both the public and private sectors.
Precious minerals such as gold, platinum and diamonds are routinely being smuggled out of Zimbabwe through the use of highly sophisticated and politically well–connected international corruption webs and cartels. Where is ZACC whilst the country’s resources are being looted in broad daylight?
Zimbabweans have to wake up and smell the coffee. None but ourselves can set us free. For as long as corruption is not promptly identified, curbed and eliminated, Zimbabwe’s economy shall remain on life support and in the intensive care unit.
MDC: Equal Opportunities for All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson