Cape Town - Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has reportedly called for the resignation of the country’s vice president Joice Mujuru for “condoning corruption in government and state-owned enterprises”.
The Zimbabwean media has in recent weeks been awash with reports exposing obscene salaries in public institutions.
The most shocking revelations have related to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which President Robert Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba is effectively responsible for as permanent secretary of the information ministry.
An even bigger scandal has emerged at the government-run health insurer for civil servants PSMAS, where the chief executive earned $230 000 per month while service providers were not paid and members had to pay cash upfront for health care.
But, according to the Herald, while addressing a women’s conference over the weekend, Mujuru castigated the exposure of the corrupt activities in parastatals and related companies in the media, saying this might be the work of detractors bent on destroying the government and stalling its programmes.
The MDC, however, reacted with disgust and outrage over Mujuru's utterances, saying she should be investigated by the anti-corruption commission and the police, said a newzimbabwe.com report.
In a statement, MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora called for action from all Zimbabweans and urged them to stage a massive demonstration against the corrupt activities.
Mwonzora said the utterances by Mujuru were meant to threaten and prevent the press from reporting on corruption by Zanu-PF officials.
Mwonzora also demanded to know what was going on in the diamond industry “because that is exactly where a lot of corruption was done by Zanu-PF and state officials”.
Information minister Jonathan Moyo revealed during the weekend that President Robert Mugabe was “dismayed” by the pay scandal and instructed that ministers act to stop the rot.
Analysts have, however, treated investigations by the government into the operations of state enterprises with suspicion, saying the ongoing purges were likely part of a grand scheme of political cleansing as the same executives were appointed by parastatal boards appointed by government ministers.