TODAY Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world to commemorate International Anti-Corruption under the theme United against Corruption.
Every year US$1 trillion is paid in bribes, while an estimated US$2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 percent of the global GDP.
In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated to be at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.
Despite that no country is immune to corruption, our case is alarming and shocking and we have decided as a nation to embrace this cancer.
We have normalized the abnormal.
The recently ‘armed’ Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), seem to be doing less from what we expected as a country.
They came in with a lot of noise and ‘barking’ that they will bite all corrupt people without fear or favour- but that has not been implemented, instead some Zacc officials face arrest for being corrupt!
ZACC has been a platform for ‘Catch and release’ games, from those who have been arrested by ZACC none of them has been prosecuted.
This gives rise to the question that ,why arresting without tangible evidence?
Is ZACC selling a dummy to the people of this nation?
When the new ZACC came in, we expected to see the teeth biting people as they promised.
It appears barking dogs seldom bite.
The ZACC team has brilliant brains and we expect to see something better.
Corruption in Zimbabwe is so saddening and it happens from the lowest to the highest levels of the society,it has permeated the social strata.
When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over power, he spoke about fighting corruption, we do not know if this was a genuine talk or he was just talking to please the multitudes which thronged the giant National Sports Stadium in Harare.
Addressing corruption is not always straightforward. The connection between corruption management and democratic compromise is complex and not commonly understood. This is the reason why many leaders who have come to power with a genuine interest in controlling corruption have ended up nurturing cronyism and damaging democracy instead.
I personally want to challenged His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration to deal with the culprits of corruption, we should adopt the approach of our Eastern friends from The Republic of China who do not condone this deadly behaviour.
As we celebrate this day let’s all say no to corruption, say no to bribes, say no to extortion.
My parting words will be “The Catch and Release game should end now”
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Corruption free 2020
This is my story and I am sticking to it, I am out!