Zanu Pf Chief Whip Pupurai Togarepi has bemoaned the rampant levels of corruption in the country and maintained that there is nothing factional about the youth’s league ‘name and shame’ move to combat corruption.
Speaking in an interview with the Zim Morning Post on Monday, Togarepi rubbished talks of factional wars within the party as the source of the move to name ‘untouchable’ members of Zanu PF.
“When anything happens and party members are involved people are quick to say it’s a factional war but that is a misguided conception,” said the Gutu South legislator.
“We read a lot of newspapers where so many party members have been accused of corruption and nothing had been done about it. Our youths named people they believe to be corrupt and that is not a factional war, it is simply asking our members to go before the courts and clear their names through the proper procedures.
“If anyone feels like they cannot be asked or held accountable by the party and that they are too big for the party then they should have their own party’s because Zanu PF will not be a hub for corrupt leaders,” he said.
Togarepi indicated that the ruling party would not be forced to use the media as a medium of communication with the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC).
“It is there in media circles that ZACC summoned members of the youth league to bring forward evidence of the alleged corruption, but, we are a formal organisation and if they, (ZACC) want to communicate with us they should use the proper communication channels to do so.”
The chief whip also indicated that there are more names of corrupt individuals in both the public and private sectors and that in due time they will be exposed.
This comes after the youthful leaders of the ruling party led a crusade against corrupt individuals, naming and shaming them at a press conference.
Big names that were lined up for the guillotine include Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu who has been accused to have played an instrumental role in the looting of diamonds in Manicaland during his tenure as Minister of Mines and Minerals.
The list ripped apart top government officials among them, minister of Tourism Prisca Mupfumira, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of Implementation and Monitoring Joram Gumbo, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda and youthful transport and logistics mogul Tinoda Machakaire.