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
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.