Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has lambasted the ruling Zanu-PF government’s inaction in fighting a rapidly increasing scourge of corruption.
In a statement sent to News24, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu took a swipe at President Robert Mugabe, saying his administration had failed to take any steps in the fight against corruption.
Gutu said the last time that Mugabe and his government had ever done anything about corruption was in the 1980s when the "Sandura Commission exposed the Willowvale motor vehicles scandal".
Gutu claimed that more people in the country were alarmed by the levels of corruption engulfing the economically struggling southern African nation.
"The past 36 years under Zanu-PF rule shall go down in the history of Zimbabwe as a bunch of wasted decades, as a few well-connected individuals became fabulously rich by draining the economy whilst the majority of the people were pauperised and reduced to vendors and beggars in their own country of birth," Gutu said in the statement.
Power and authority
He further claimed that the country's indigenisation policy had exponentially increased the levels of corruption in the country.
Gutu alleged that senior government officials, who "passionately and incessantly" led the implementation of the indigenisation policy, were enriching themselves at the expense of poor Zimbabweans.
He claimed that they did this by demanding money from the company owners who had businesses in the country.
"They flagrantly abused the power and authority that was entrusted upon them by openly soliciting for bribes and demanding huge kickbacks from company owners and other affected business executives. They became so wealthy that one of them built a 50-bedroom mansion that he hoped to convert into a hotel in case things went the other way," Gutu stated.
Mugabe's regime demanded that foreign-owned companies hand over a 51% stake of their companies to locals.
Reports indicated that at least 1 000 out of 1 200 companies had complied with the law.
Mugabe recently told his party that the country's indigenisation programme was motivated by the losses sustained by black Zimbabweans at the hands of the colonial power.