President condemns corruption

by Bernard Mutambudzi.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reiterated that his Government will not brook corruption in all its varied forms and said that no one will be above the law in this regard.

Speaking at the official opening of the 9th session of Parliament and State of the Nation Address at the Parliament building in Harare today, President Mnangagwa said the vision of his administration was to ensure adherence to the rule of law.

"In fighting corruption, we don't have friends. It's each man for himself. I'm happy that most of the people in the leadership accept the concept of fighting corruption," said President Mnangagwa.

He said it was the vision of his Government to turn Zimbabwe into a middle income country by 2030 and that it could be achieved by growing the economy, modernizing industry and agriculture to catch up with other countries.

The President said following Government's re-engagement initiative, many progressive countries had pledged to assist in efforts to reduce the country's international debt.

The ninth session comes against a background where the ruling party secured two thirds majority in Parliament during the 30 July elections.

President is living his talk on corruption as more high top officials have their cases before the courts, the latest being the former Minister of Health and Child Care, who is charged for criminal abuse of office during his tenure of office.

Former Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge is also facing similar charges of abuse of office after he allegedly gave Fruitful Communications, a company owned by Oscar Pambuka communications to work at Zesa without going to tender.

Former Minister of Local Government, National Housing and Public Works, Ignatius Chombo is also currently before the courts for the same offence of criminal abuse of office.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa becomes the second executive President after beating MDC-Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa in July harmonised elections which was later decided by the Constitutional Court after Chamisa had challenged the election results.