The Mugabe family has become the biggest accumulators, spendthrift and looters of the countryâ€™s natural resources while the ordinary people who should be benefiting are suffering as the economy tumbles.
It is criminal and narrow-mindedness that when the countryâ€™s economy is on its knees with the government is failing to pay civil servants their monthly salaries, Mugabe, during their frequent trips to Singapore and other countries, take away over $3 million in cash from the Treasury.
Instead, the meagre revenue collected by the government, which should be directed towards critical needs like health and education, is raided by Mugabe and his wife Grace, who is a known compulsive shopper, for their frequent but pointless foreign trips.
In the first five months of this year, Mugabe had used over $60 million in foreign trips, money which would have been channeled for other critical needs.
Mugabeâ€™s grabbing of the countryâ€™s resources is also reflected in how he has managed to seize multiple farms across the country in total breach of the countryâ€™s Constitution.
Mugabe and his family own vast tracts of farm land, which include game parks where ordinary farmers were removed from.Â Some of these farms are;
- Gushungo Estates â€“ 4046ha
- Gushungo Dairies â€“ 1000ha
- Mazowe Iron Mask Estate â€“ 1046ha
- Sigaru Farm â€“ 873ha
- Gwina Farm â€“ 1445ha
- Gwebi Wood â€“ 1200ha
- Banket Leverdale Farm â€“ 1488ha
- Banket Highfield Farm â€“ 445ha
- Norton Cressydale Estate â€“ 676ha
- Norton Tankatara Farm â€“ 575ha
- Norton John Oâ€™Groat Farm â€“ 760ha
- Norton Clifford Farm â€“ 1050ha
- Norton Bassivile Farm â€“ 1200ha
- Buckland Estates
The total farm land owned by Mugabe over 16 000ha.
However, the countryâ€™s Constitution is clear on land ownership.Â According to Section 293 subsection (2); â€œThe State may not alienate more than one piece of agricultural land to the same person and his or her dependantsâ€.
This is why Mugabe is against the setting up of a land audit commission that will among other issues deal with the issue of multiple land ownership.
The commission will also ensure accountability, fairness and transparency in the administration of agricultural land.
It is also hard to believe that Mugabe is in the dark on the leakages of diamonds at Marange, where over $15 billion worth of diamonds have been looted by Zanu PF officials and their partners.
In 2013, Mugabeâ€™s gang managed to sell eight million carats of diamonds, netting $684, 5 million.Â However, only $40 million was channeled to the state coffers.
The diamond heist has been going on for years under Mugabeâ€™s watch and over $15 billion has been stolen.
In 2013, there was a furore when Mugabe made sensational claims that the then Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) chairperson, Goodwills Masimirembwa had extorted $6 million from a Ghanaian company that sought to invest in the Marange diamond field on a joint venture agreement with ZMDC.
The people expected heads to roll and arrests to follow but up to now, nothing has happened, showing how deeply Mugabe and his wife are involved in the looting of the Marange diamonds.
It is therefore foolish and naÃ¯ve that Mugabe and Zanu PF his ministers will reform from their corrupt acts.Â Clearly, the centre cannot hold.
Mugabe has only managed the country to sink deeper into economic turmoil characterised by unemployment, hopelessness and fatalism.
This is why as the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP); we reiterate our position that Zimbabwe needs a soft landing through the creation of a National Transitional Authority (NTA).
The NTA will create a win-win situation and provide hope to the millions of ordinary Zimbabweans.
PDP National SpokespersonPost published in: Featured