- Published: 20 December 2014
- Written by Herald
Government will track down all suspected and reported cases of corruption and will leave no stone unturned to make perpetrators accountable for their actions, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
He said this yesterday while commissioning 68 A1 Settlement Permits here on his first Government assignment since his appointment as Vice President last week. The Acting President's remarks came barely 24 hours after police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri said his charges would heed President Mugabe's call that corrupt people be brought to book if evidence was availed against them.
The remarks also come in the wake of reports that police had intensified investigations into allegations of corruption and abuse of office by former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru, who was recently fired from Government for behaviour inconsistent with the discharge of her duties.
Several officials linked to the ex-VP's dealings have reportedly been sent on forced leave to facilitate investigations.
"Handina tsitsi necorruption (I don't have mercy with corrupt people)," Acting President Mnangagwa said to wild cheers from the crowd.
"Saka vanenge vakaita corruption kare ndinokuyambirai pano tiri munyika yaChirumhanzu endai munochera zvikomba pasi mopfira mate moti zvagumira pano (Those who have been practicing corruption must stop, and be warned).
"Asi kune vamwe vakare nekuti hatingavakanganwire, tichavatevera. Asi kana wange uchizviita chera chikomba nekuti masamba asiyana. Masamba asiyana. (There are some we are not going to forgive. But if you have been involved in corruption stop it now because this is a new era).
Cde Mnangagwa said President Mugabe, who is on his official annual leave in the Far East, had given him free rein to deal with the vice that had permeated all facets of the economy.
"Saka President vedu VaMugabe vakatipa masimba ekuti tipwanye, titsonde, tipukute corruption," he said.
Cde Mnangagwa said the economy was on a massive rebound, adding that Western countries that imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe were now warming up to the changing times.
He said Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi were involved in discussions with Western governments to access economic assistance.
Cde Mnangagwa said the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were also opening up to Zimbabwe.
He said Government's major priority was to implement ZimAsset, for the benefit of the generality of all Zimbabweans by 2018.
Turning to the recent Zanu-PF 6th National People's Congress which saw several party heavyweights failing to make it into the Central Committee, Cde Mnangagwa said party members should respect the will of the people and contend with the congress' outcome.
This came in the wake of moves by ousted secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa who has been on a crusade of trying to discredit the outcome of the congress to the extent of courting regional countries to reverse the resolutions of the congress.
Cde Mnangagwa said in politics people were the judges and politicians should not take them for granted since they had the power to elevate or depose politicians.
"We had elections for Central Committee but now it over. Those who won are just the same with those who lost," he said. "Hapana anoti ini ndiri shasha kupfuura mumwe. Nhasi ndechako mangwana ndecheumwe. Garai makaziva izvozvo.
"Hapana chisingagonekwe nevanhu. Ungakura zvakadii, vanhu vanokugona. Ungaita muduku sei vanhu vanokugona, vanokwanisa kukusimudzira kana kukudzikisa pasi. Saka munhu ndiye mukuru munyaya dzezvematongerwo enyika (there is nothing beyond the power of the people, no matter how big or small you are, the people can deal with with."
Cde Mnangagwa said Government was realigning laws to ensure greater participation of indigenous people in the national economy.
He challenged the A1 farmers who received the resettlement permits to ensure that the country was self-reliant in food production.
Land and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the permits were permanent and could be inherited by family members.
"Today we are giving 68 A1 farmers who have signed their papers, but we intended to give 100 today but they have not yet finished completing the required paperwork," he said.
"We want to give documents that give you guarantee that you are now permanent owners of your land."
The commissioning of the permits was attended by several ministers and Members of Parliament from the Midlands province.