Salarygate,Corruption​: Zim Civil Society Groups Demand Concrete Govt Action

By Amos Maseko

Harare, February 13, 2014 – Zimbabwe’s civic groups have demanded a

more robust response to the massive looting of public entities by

their top managers and influential politicians as President Robert

Mugabe’s government continues to paper over the rot.

Speaking as “heads of coalitions and networks”, a loose convergence of

civic organisations, among them Crisis in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust, whose

mandate is to speak collectively on public issues, the groups also demanded more clarity on the

status of named public officials who were consequently dismissed from their jobs but

still report for work.

The groups expressed alarm and  deep concern towards the

reckless behaviours, uncaring attitude, corruption and bad governance

that is being exhibited and taking place in our local government,

parastatals and quasi-government bodies. 

They deplored levels of corruption which they felt were a manifestation of

lack of  good corporate governance and a disservice to the public.

“We would like to register our sternest disapproval of the breakdown

of public accountability, widespread corruption in public institutions

and death of conscience in public officials who have become shockingly

parasitic on the State by siphoning large millions of public funds

through obscene salaries and shadowy transactions.” said  Peter Mutasa 

co-vice president of ZCTU who read a prepared statement on behalf of the group.

The civic groups demanded to know what  concrete action was being taken against

company executives who were reportedly earning huge salaries such as Cuthbert Dube

“retired” as CEO the Premier Service Medical Aid Society  which owed creditors

about $38million and Happison Muchechetere, the ZBC boss  whose workers’ salaries

went unpaid for half a year.

Meanwhile, police in Harare banned of a planned march against

corruption by the civic groups which they had planned for this

weekend.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairperson Dewa Mavhinga slammed the police

action which he said ran against the national mood which is crying for

the prosecution of looters of public entities.