Chamisa backs Zanu PF youths
OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, pictured, said he will put politics aside and join hands with other Zimbabweans, including suspended Zanu PF youth leaders, in the fight against corruption and cartels.
This follows the stunning revelations that were made by suspended Zanu PF youth league leaders Godfrey Tsenengamu and Lewis Matutu that there are cartels in the country who are behind the suffering of ordinary Zimbabweans while they, along with some politicians, amass wealth.
For naming so-called corrupt cartels, including some who are reportedly very close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, Matutu and Tsenengamu were suspended from Zanu PF last week on the grounds that they breached protocol.
After his suspension, Tsenengamu called upon every Zimbabwean, including those in the opposition, to join forces with him in the fight against corruption which he said is a cancer that has crippled the country’s development prospects.
And in posts on micro-blogging platform Twitter, Chamisa said he is ready to work with like-minded Zimbabweans to put an end to pervasive corruption.
Reacting to Prosecutor-General (PG) Kumbirai Hodzi’s stunning revelations that cartels were fuelling corruption in the country, Chamisa said time has come to take the bull by the horns.
“The PG confirms the serious and systemic nature of rot permeating the State. As ever, the fish rots from the head. If the top prosecutor is moved to make such public complaints then he is not getting support from the political leadership to perform his constitutional role.
“It is a call to action when the country’s prosecutor-general confirms that cartels have captured State institutions. This reflects a captured and compromised State and that the regime is not fit for purpose. Politics aside, we must now unite in this big fight against corruption,” said Chamisa.
Piling up the pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa — who has been accused by western governments of failing to walk the talk on corruption, Chamisa said the country requires commitment towards fighting corruption instead of rhetoric.
“The anti-corruption rhetoric is a mere facade designed to hoodwink Zimbabweans and the world. Over the past two years, the level of corruption and state capture has escalated to obscene levels. There cannot be sustainable prosperity when national wealth is in the hands of a few,” said Chamisa.
“These parties (Zanu PF and MDC) are twins. So that mentality of saying let them deal with their own problems is not right, this is our problem, look at what is happening there.Those whom we elected to be leaders have turned themselves to be looters on both sides. There are thieves in Zanu PF. There are thieves in the MDC. Let’s come together. We have corruption in local councils where the MDC is in charge and those who are in charge have turned into looters,” said Tsenengamu.
Last year, Chamisa set up an anti-corruption panel chaired by renowned Harare lawyer Thabani Mpofu that will work closely with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and the police to weed out graft in his party.