Zanu to fight corruption: Gumbo

Zanu (PF) plans to guard against looting of the country’s mineral resources after the setting up of the new Cabinet, President Robert Mugabe has said.

Rugare Gumbo
Rugare Gumbo

Speaking at his inauguration ceremony last week, Mugabe said the incoming Zanu (PF) government would use the country’s mineral resources to generate economic growth.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, the party’s spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, said his party would put in place policies to ensure that corruption “is dealt with”.

He said transparency was key to ensuring Zimbabweans benefitted from the country’s mineral resources.

“We need to be transparent in whatever that we are going to do. We do not think that we can tolerate corruption. It must be dealt with using all the power that we have,” he said.

Last month, MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai, blamed Mines Minister Obert Mpofu for looting the country’s mineral resources for personal aggrandisement.

Gumbo said that in order to ensure transparency and guard against corruption, there was need to make the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission more effective.

“That is why we set it up, to ensure that our society is free from corruption,” said Gumbo.

He admitted that the ZACC had not been able to effectively carry out its mandate in fighting corruption in the country.

Analysts are on record saying the ZACC lacks the wherewithal to reign in Zanu (PF) bigwigs implicated in corruption cases.

In March, the ZACC was barred from conducting searches in the offices of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board to investigate underhand dealings. This was despite the fact that the officers were armed with a search warrant from the High Court.

ZACC spokesperson, Goodwill Shana, said the decision to approach the High Court for the search warrant was reached after efforts to get the document from the police and the magistrate court failed to yield results.

As part of their search, the ZACC officers were targeting the offices of Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu and Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

The ZACC was blocked from conducting searches in the offices of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Nicholas Goche as well.

“It (ZACC) has done a good job but more work needs to be done and stronger mechanisms have to be put in place to ensure that they perform well,” said Gumbo. “We have vast deposits of gold, platinum, coal, iron ore and diamonds and we are quite satisfied that those resources would be able to propel our economy.”

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