Exposés bad for Zanu: Gumbo

The exposure of widespread corruption should be “properly managed” or it could ruin the party, Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo has said as internal discord over the issue reaches boiling point. Gumbo told The Zimbabwean that if left unchecked the uncovering of graft at various institutions could destroy the party.

Rugare Gumbo
Rugare Gumbo

“What is critical is that the exposure of corruption needs to be properly managed because if it gets out of hand it will end up being a witch hunt,” Gumbo said.

His comments come as people have begun to question just how far up the rot goes, especially after Presidential spokesman George Charamba was implicated in the Premier Service Medical Aid scam where he pocketed over $109,000 in one year. The exposure campaign has been spearheaded by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo who has said that corruption was rampant among the nation’s 78 parastatals and state enterprises and the 92 local authorities.

There is widespread speculation that the whole exposé is part of the succession battle within Zanu (PF) with Gumbo said to be aligned to Mujuru while Moyo is said to be loyal to Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Corporations that have been exposed for paying exorbitant salaries to executives include the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Premier Service Medical Aid Society, while in the local government sector the Harare City Council’s top management has been laid bare.

Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo, recently reinstated Harare Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, who had been suspended after reports he and other top city executives were earning around $37,000 a month, a move which has been roundly condemned in the state media.

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