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Vendor pens a letter to Mugabe …urges him to act on corrupt ministers

By Correspondent
IN a typical Itai Dzamara style, a Harare vendor Grievance Sipikita has written strong worded letter to President Robert Mugabe urging him to flex his muscles over corrupt senior government officials.
Various Cabinet Ministers and bosses in state enterprises have been implicated in corruption activities such as awarding of tenders to their own companies; nepotism, flouting tender procedures and awarding themselves heft salaries among others.
Officials in such parastatals as ZBC, NetOne, NSSA, PSMAS, GMB and Zimdef among others have been investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission in recent times.
In his letter, Sipikita said he was concerned that senior government officials are being implicated in corruption and the President has not taken action raising doubts over his capabilities to stir the nation forward.
“I write this letter to you Mr President to express my democratic rights as enshrined in the constitution…which you signed into effect (sic) to air my displeasure and my disgust over certain issues that you as the head of state have failed to deal with leaving Zimbabweans questioning your capability to take the nation forward.
“I am not fighting you, but a system in which you operate, a system that has left 90 percent of country’s population unemployed, half of the population scavenging abroad and a country without a national currency, 37 years after independence.
“Mr President, corruption is now normal in this country, even your RBZ Governor would agree with me that it is now a cancer which needs a strong leader to weed out, corruption is rampant in parastatals and government ministers office….Corruption is the cancerous disease Sir that led to the closure of ZISCO Steel, Kamativ Tin Mine and led to the suffering of Willowvale Motor Industry, GMB and the closure of diamond mining firms, which in turn exacerbated the current cash crisis.
“Instead of taking a hard stance on perpetrators of corruption, you publicly defend them. With all due respect Mr President, this is a complete disregard of the rule of law. In addition Sir, those implicated in corrupt activities are walking free and those with the constitutional authority to investigate corrupt officials are threatened and perceived to be enemies of the state, most of the vibrant companies that were regarded as the backbone of Zimbabwe were destroyed because of pillage, nepotism and corruption under your nose,” reads the letter.
Sipikita also urged President Mugabe down-size his cabinet and also cut on his numerous foreign trips.
“Mr President, we have 31 Ministers and their deputies, 31 Permanent secretaries and 10 Provincial Ministers. How much are they consuming sir?
“Your government is consuming without producing….it does not need a rocket scientist to tell you that you appointed thugs and looters to run the affairs of Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabweans are increasingly exasperated by your passivity in dealing with this repugnant act of treachery by your subordinates. You can ignore it at your own peril,” said Sipikita in his letter.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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