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Mujuru welcomes robust debate on corruption

Vice President Joice Mujuru today commended parliament for the quality of debate in the two houses and said if the legislators maintained this momentum then real progress was guaranteed in Zimbabwe. Parliament has been debating good governance for the past three weeks and insists that it wants an oversight role to curb corruption especially in the appointment of members of boards of state enterprises as well as the chief executives. Mujuru came under a lot of flak during the debate because of her statement that those who were exposing corruption had a sinister political motive. She had a totally different tone today when she said: “Zim Asset will succeed when we observe dignity at home and at corporate levels. Hunhu hunokosha. We should all shun corruption in all its forms. Government is unanimous in its resolve to eradicate this scourge, and I wish to urge legislators to support this effort. We may differ in the implementation but the objectives are the same.” Members of Parliament from both the Movement for Democratic Change and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, however, united to condemn corruption arguing that corruption had nothing to do with which political party one belonged to. The legislators also named several top executives of state enterprises and government ministers for being involved in corruption prompting the Speaker Jacob Mudenda to make a ruling that according to the country’s constitution legislators could not make unsubstantiated allegations.

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