Charamba should be arrested


The media rants by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba against the swoop by the Zimbabwe Anti­Corruption Commission (Zacc) on parastatals to investigate corruption and other nefarious activities by senior employees of these state­affiliated organisations smacks of contempt of court, criminal abuse of office and attempts at obstructing the course of justice

It is common knowledge that Charamba has been fingered in some shady deals at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) which the Zacc is currently investigating where about $22.8 million has been abused in shameless top management allowance granting spree during the tenure of Cuthbert Dube at the medical aid society. That fact alone should have forced Charamba to refrain and recuse himself from commenting on an investigation that is likely to rope him in as a suspect.


Jealousy-Mawarire Furthermore, as a senior civil servant and a Presidential Spokesperson, one would have thought Charamba knows one or two things about separation of powers and the need for the executive to allow independent statutory bodies autonomy to do their work without undue pressure from unscrupulous characters like him who stink of all the missing billions in this country

But Charamba, in his typical bully fashion, is trying to absolve himself from allegations of dipping his pilfering hand in national coffers by raising the spectre of opposition regime change politics, threats to national security and other childish claims whose sonorous sound only amplifies the public’s clamour that the corrupt should be crucified. There are things that Charamba inadvertently exposes through his rants in the Herald of 7 June 2016 which he also insinuates in his Nathaniel Manheru instalment of 04 June 2016.

The fact of the matter is that Charamba has confirmed that Zanu­PF is a patently corrupt organisation that gives sanctuary to very corrupt comprador bourgeoisies whose connection with the party is a symbiotic relationship wherein these characters loot and finance the party’s electoral chicanery while the party returns the favour by forming a government that creates a safe haven for these heartless criminals.

That the activities of these criminals, more often, result in avoidable deaths of the country’s citizens through starvation, lack of medicines in hospitals, road traffic accidents on our potholed and narrow roads, stress and depression, does not matter to these “super patriots”.

Sarcastically giving advice to Didymus Mutasa whom he depicts as an undecided political free spirit, Charamba opines that the veteran politician faces the dilemma of plunging “forward into opposition (politics) with all the threats of litigation from people he is supposed to be sharing the anti­ZanuPF fight with, or go back to the Zanu­PF cell with all ignominy but with all the security he solely needs”.

What comes out clearly in Charamba’s interlocution above is that Zanu­PF is a sanctuary for those running away from litigation for various unscrupulous activities ranging from politically motivated murders, looting of state funds, raping of minors and other such satanic acts that humanity loathes which Zanu­PF thugs visit on the country’s citizenry with guaranteed impunity.

When Charamba alleges that the Zacc investigations officers, particularly Savious Kufandada, are opposition political functionaries, he also uncannily identifies the fight against corruption with opposition politics only, thereby affirming the allegation that the fight against corruption is never on the agenda of Zanu­PF despite President Robert Mugabe’s hypocritical condemnation of the vice. Charamba, as the President’s mouthpiece, emboldens the public’s perception that corruption is conceived, gestated and brooded in President Mugabe’s bedroom and broadcast into the country through conniving surrogates in state enterprises

It is also a fact that its manifestation, through tenderprenuership, primitive looting of parastatals, looting of Chiadzwa diamonds and the attendant parties and dinners that are thrown in faraway countries, is evidence that President does not care a hoot about its debilitating effect to the economy and the country’s citizens. It is sad that Charamba wants us to believe the fact elections are due in two years’ time, anyone who fights corruption is bent on causing a Zanu­PF electoral defeat.

Elections are won, not by glossing of an administration’s inefficiencies but through delivering on promises and if Zanu­PF presides over corruption, surely it should not be anyway near state power in 2018. Corruption should be fought anytime of the year and the excuse of election day proximity is never a deterrent and this idea that anyone who dares fight corruption is guilty of treason or any such charge related to the security of the president and his looting team is not only criminal but very selfish


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