By Daniel Chigundu
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has been urged to investigated and arrest Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere over corruption issues.
Minister Kasukuwere is allegedly involved in a scam involving housing stands that had been earmarked for distribution to youths, to the extent that it had to take the President himself to express displeasure over the issue.
Addressing the media after being barred from delivering a petition at Harare Central Police Station, National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe chairperson Sten Zvorwadza said the police must take stern measures against corrupt government officials.
“As Zimbabwean citizens, we are deeply concerned over the high levels of corruption by government and ruling party officials which have seen the majority of Zimbabweans wallowing in abject poverty while high ranking politicians loot national resources for personal aggrandizement.
“We thus implore the Zimbabwe Republic Police, as law enforcement agents, to act without fear or favour in bringing culprits such as Saviour Kasukuwere to book over their corrupt activities.
“We would like to remind you that corrupt activities by Saviour Kasukuwere have become as issue of concern to the Head of State and Government, President Robert Mugabe who personally confronted Kasukuwere during a Zanu PF Politburo meeting last week.
“We thus implore you Commissioner General of the ZRP to act and investigate the issues raised by President Robert Mugabe against Saviour Kasukuwere after which we expect to see him being arraigned before the courts.
“We are deeply concerned that over the years, there has been so many allegations of corruption being leveled against government and ruling party officials yet no action is taken against them and as concerned residents, we would like to warn that if the ZRP fails to investigate and arrest Kasukuwere within the next seven days, we will not hesitate to exercise our constitutional right to protest against the lack of action by the ZRP in fighting high level corruption in Zimbabwe.
“We would like to put it to you that citizen arrest is one of our options in the event that the ZRP fails to act and arrest Saviour Kasukuwere. We need to see the ZRP walking the talk as far as ending corruption in the country is concerned,” he said.
Corruption has been the biggest let down in the country and continent with about US$51 billion said to be leaving Africa through illicit means.
President Robert Mugabe is also on record revealing that the nation lost about US$15billion worth of diamonds revenue through corruption.
Meanwhile, Zvorwadza has called on the United Nations to critically look at the activities of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, adding that it was scandalous for them to be deployed on peace keeping missions yet they are venting violence on defenseless citizens.
Zvorwadza said they will soon be demonstrating to the United Nations office to deliver a petition that should be taken to the Security Council desk
By Daniel Chigundu