Government must take action and bring to book officials who are looting public institutions through corruption and other vices which are choking economic development, a youth group said on Tuesday. The comments follow revelations of massive corrupt dealings unearthed at state mobile telecommunications company, Net One where it is alleged the company could have lost millions through illicit dealings.The Zimbabwe for Youth Development Agenda (ZYDA) said corruption was a danger to national development.
“The litany of corrupt malpractises is endless. Corruption has become so endemic and left or economy anaemic and vulnerable to all forms and kinds of manipulative business tactics by would be investors,” ZYDA chairman Liberty Bizure told journalists.
“Corruption has permeated our society to the extent that schools, hospitals and other basic service providers demand kickbacks.”
Net One chief executive officer Reward Kangai has since been sent on forced leave to pave way for investigations into the scandal. Mr Bizure however said there were parastatals and government institutions that were also responsible for the rot which led to the country losing diamonds worth an estimated $15 billion as recently revealed by President Robert Mugabe.
“This amount was enough to clear our historical external debt and also fund one year’s budget thereby assisting the fiscus in the provision of social services such as good road network and adequate medicines in our hospitals.”
He said Zimbabwe should take a leaf from China where prominent individuals have been jailed for involvement in corruption.
ZYDA is a trust pushing for the involvement of young people in the affairs of the country. – New Ziana.