PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa Wednesday appeared to throw his full weight behind the corruption fight re-ignited early this week by party youth leaders Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu.
Giving his opening remarks at the Zanu-PF Politburo at the ruling party Headquarters in Harare, Mnangagwa urged the party to be more hands-on in supervising government and to show discipline in all it does.
“The fight against corruption would be intensified,” presidential spokesperson George Charamba quoted Mnangagwa as having said.
Mnangagwa urged members of the ruling party to show leadership in that fight.
“He stressed all organs of the party had to serve the party, and to do so with discipline,” Charamba added via his twitter handle.
“He was very strident in urging all party structures to abhor violence in the mining sector, calling those involved ‘malcontents.’ The President reiterated that Zimbabwe which turns 40 in April this year, will for the first time hold and observe the anniversary outside Harare.”
Mnangagwa spoke after Monday’s presser which was called by Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu, Zanu PF party youth deputy secretary and commissar, which centred on how cartels where milking Zimbabwe dry.
At the press conference, the two took a dig at businesses tycoon Kudakwashe Tagwirei and other top Zanu PF officials who they said had brought the country to its knees through corruption.
Matutu and Tsenengamu accused controversial businessman Tagwirei of being corrupt, quizzing how an individual is able to spread his influence across all influancial sectors of the economy.
“These cartels are very powerful and connected, and not just to one political party.Whoever comes into power will leave them stealing (sic),” Tsenengamu said.
“He (Tagwirei) is leading some mining companies which are sponsoring the machete gangs as they rob gold from hardworking Zimbabweans,” Matutu alleged.
Tsenengamu also accused Tagwirei of manipulating Command Agriculture programmes to expand his Punjab car business empire.
“Tagwirei runs a car import company. He works with a guy called Brighton. When government requires 40 cars, he imports 100 and the rest come in duty free,” Tsenengamu added.
“If you go to Tagwirei’s car sales (company), he has top-of-the range vehicles he brought in under the corrupt Command Agriculture schemes. He has done this because leaders have allowed it,” Tsenengamu added.
Matutu also claimed Tagwirei was using people in government and parastatals to secure lucrative tenders and contracts.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa on Wednesday assured the nation that Zimbabwe will be guaranteed food security in spite of the regional drought.
“The President also noted the impact of the drought on livestock, hinting that a Livestock Saving and Recovery Programme will be announced soon. The fight against inflation and for sustainable mono-currency regime would be intensified in the year,” Charamba quoted Mnangagwa as having said.