“Zanu (PF) behaves like somebody who sees a pregnant woman and wants to court her and then leaves for another one,” said Chamisa at a public debate on the need for politicians holding office to declare their wealth organised by Transparence International Zimbabwe (TIZ) on Thursday evening. “This culture is unhealthy and as the MDC, we strongly condemn such kind of behavior as it stalls development. People must not be addicted to ripping where they did not sow,” he said.
He revealed that 44 Members of Parliament from his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party had already declared their assets to parliament. He also said there was need for the country to come out with a people driven constitution that provides for the compulsory declaration of assets by public officials.
“As a people’s party of excellence, we want to advocate for the creation of a genuine Anti-Corruption Commission that monitors public officials. In the MDC everyone who is caught in the wrong side of the law faces the gallows regardless of political stature,” he said.
The MP for Glen View, Willas Madzimure, who was also part of the meeting urged members of the public not to fear their leaders whom they elect into office.
“This tendency of fearing your own leaders has to stop since you are the ones who elected them into office. People must have the power to ask those in high offices how they accumulated their wealth in a short period of time. I’m not afraid of being investigated since I’m clean,” he said in reference to Minister of Local Government and National
Housing, Ignatius Chombo’s vast wealth that came to light following a bitter divorce wrangle at the courts.
Goodson Nguni who was representing Zanu (PF) stunned members at the meeting when he openly defended the Chombo’s wealth claiming that he was not corrupt.
“Minister Chombo did not own most of the assets that her wife demanded at the courts, actually some of the cars belong to the state,” he said much to the amazement of the members of the public.
Some filthy rich Zanu (PF) legislators have been alleged to be lobbying their colleagues in the party to desist from declaring their assets to parliament fearing that poverty-stricken Zimbabweans would question how they acquired their vast wealth.
The only senior and notable Zanu PF official who has declared his assets since the beginning of the campaign late last year is Mwenezi East MP Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, who is in the party’s politburo.
TIZ is a Non Governmental Organization that seeks to promote democracy and openness in society and it has been operational in Zimbabwe since 1996.
Nguni also stunned the audience at the public debate meeting when he suggested that there be an investigation of who owned safe houses used by political violence victims belonging to MDC.
“We want to know who is paying the rates at the safe houses. As Zanu(PF) we say that political parties should not be financed by the west. The safe houses were bought by the Americans and the British and are in certain individuals’ names,” he said.
Hundreds of MDC-T supporters have fled their homes in Mbare, Budiriro and Epworth suburbs among other areas after political violence broke out.
On Monday night police raided church premises in Harare’s Glen Norah suburb where more than 100 MDC supporters aligned to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had sought refuge while on Wednesday police questioned authorities at Silveira House in Chiwasha situated on the outskirts of Harare for housing political violence victims that had also fled their homes.