The Zanu PF Youth League has fired fresh shots, once again warning political heavyweights against abusing their positions to disadvantage those they lead.
Fresh from releasing what is now known as the ‘corruption list’ and promising to name more people allegedly involved in corruption, the youths have once again cautioned that criminal abuse of office is against the principles of servant leadership adopted by the new administration.
The warning was issued when members of the youths’ national executive led by the Deputy Secretary, Cde Lewis Matutu descended on Gwanda this Saturday on a fact finding mission on a long standing wrangle among youths in West Nicholson over a gold mine acquired through a tribute arrangement with Farvic Consolidated Mine (Pvt) Limited.
The dispute is despite a ruling by the Supreme Court favouring West Nicholson Youth in Mining syndicate in April this year.
It emerged during the meeting that a rival group allegedly backed by some party heavyweights had taken control of the gold rich claim, and in the process defying the Supreme Court ruling.
“These three people who signed the papers were representing all but surprising they started acting like e owners of the project,” said one youth.
“This other group has invaded our mine, claiming that they are working with a minister and this is in violation of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court in our favour,” another youth said.
Responding to allegations of his involvement in mining activities at West Nicholson B Mine, the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs, Cde Abednico Ncube dismissed the claims as false, saying his office has instead been engaging the feuding parties to try and resolve the dispute amicably.
“It is common in mining to have such conflicts but what is it important is that we find each other as members of Zanu PF and resolve our differences amicably,” he said.
Cde Matutu then warned against abuse of office by those in positions of authority, saying it is important for party leaders to also respect the rule of law.
“The President has said we should use our positions to protect those we lead. So what we are trying to do here is fight those who steal from the people. And most importantly, we all need to respect the law. The Supreme Court made a decision and that is that, we cannot go against it,” he said.
The youth leader revealed that further investigations will be done to establish if there was corruption involved in the case, saying that would warrant the intervention of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).
The warning from the Youth League comes on the backdrop of an anti-corruption crusade that has seen ZACC investigating graft cases, some of which involve government officials named in the party wing’s ‘corruption list.’
Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira was the first top government official charged with criminal abuse of office last week and remains in custody after being denied bail on her initial court appearance.