Zim VPs fight over ‘good’ and ‘bad’ corruption: Zanu PF on the verge of implosion

Mnangagwa-Mphoko disagree on Zanu PF corruption

Charles Mabhena

Officiating at the media awards yesterday Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa praised journalists and the media on the job well done in exposing corruption, and urged them to keep it up, saying it is every citizen’s responsibility to fight the menace.

Mnangagwa has recently stood his ground with bold sentiments denouncing corruption and calling for perpetrators to be arrested and be made to face the music. This follows allegation of misappropriation of state funds levelled against Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development minister Jonathan Moyo

Meanwhile, his counterpart VP Phelekezela Mphoko is of different views, he claims arresting corrupt ministers is not a good thing, as it would destabilise the party and government. His view has led many to wonder as to why; with some taking it as a confirmation of the widely believed notion by opposition parties that ZANU PF strives on milking state resources to fund its projects.

As he tries to clear his name Moyo recently confessed that he used the money to fund the ruling party’s functions. Some analysts believe what Moyo said could be true, as seen by Mphoko’s stance on protecting corrupt ZANU PF ministers, and the reluctance by Mugabe to have him arrested.

As if to rubber stamp this school of thought, VP Mphoko is not the first second in command to say dealing with corrupt ministers would derail ZANU PF, and its programmes, as the expelled former VP Joice Mujuru once said the same thing.

In 2014 addressing Mashonaland West provincial women’s conference in Chinhoyi, Mujuru once blasted the media, saying its exposure of corruption within parastatals was a way by the enemy to destroy the government and its programmes.

Be that as it may, some ZANU PF bigwigs still are in their right minds as they keep on echoing Mnangagwa’s sentiments that corrupt officials should be brought to book regardless of their position.

Speaking to Studio 7, yesterday ZANU PF chairperson in Britain Nick Mangwana says when the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission was moved into the Office of the President and Cabinet everybody had trust and hope that corruption was now to be critically dealt with.

“Corruption is now serious and it is worrying that no big names are seen in prison despite them involved in corrupt acts. This is eroding citizens’ trust in their leaders, it could have set good precedence to see one of these big guys in prison garbs alongside other criminals,” he said.

According to Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya ZANU PF is on the verge of an implosion as seen through their pulling in different directions. “The elite dis-cohesion in both ZANU PF and the state reflects authoritarian erosion and possible breakdown of the regime,” he says.  

Obert Gutu concurs, says the darkest hour is just before dawn, urging Zimbabweans not to give up, but to keep on fighting bad governance by the regime. “ZANU PF regime is crumbling. That is for sure,” he says.

Either the calls against corruption by some ZANU PF big guns are based on good morals of wanting to see a prosperous Zimbabwe, or are they centred on factional wars, some still believe whichever way, as expressed by Mangwana, seeing a high official being brought to book sends a good message out there.

Transparency International Zimbabwe chairperson, Loughty Dube recently said seeing big fish prosecuted sets a good precedence in the society.

“Either he is being prosecuted on political grounds, but, to us it is good to see people who once thought themselves as untouchable, being brought to book. This will set a good record that no one is above the law,” he said. He was commenting on a question ‘if Johannes Tomana’s ongoing prosecution is a reflection government’s commitment in fighting fraud and corruption or is it centred on settling political scores.