Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said there was no discord in Government over the crackdown on corruption and perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the dictates of the law. Minister Mnangagwa said this during the National Assembly’s question and answer session yesterday.
He was responding to a question from Kuwadzana legislator Mr Nelson Chamisa, who asked if there were divisions in Government following remarks by Vice President Joice Mujuru in Chinhoyi that graft was not the subject of discussion in the media.
Mr Chamisa also wanted to know why no arrests had been made yet, against those accused of corrupt practices.
“As Government we are in agreement from the top office to the ordinary person in the village that corruption should be dealt with wherever it is and should be eradicated from our society.
“There are laws that deal with corruption and as honourable members I think you would agree that we should let the law take its course. We are people who abide by the rule of law, so let the law take its course. But let me assure that those who are corrupt will be dealt with, will face the full wrath of the law,” Minister Mnangagwa said.
On the statements made by VP Mujuru, the minister said: “I think the Vice President has clarified her position on that.”
A number of cases of abuse of public funds have been reported by the media in recent weeks showing how managers at State institutions paid themselves handsomely and manipulated procurement procedures while the rank and file went for months without salaries.
ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere has been sent on forced leave to allow for a forensic audit while Premier Service Medical Aid Society former chief executive Dr Cuthbert Dube was sent on pre-retirement leave after exposure of the enormous salaries he was getting together with members of his management team.