'Whip, strip naked lazy ministers'

LAZY minsters must be undressed and beaten to death like donkeys as only corporal punishment will force them to work, a legislator has sensationally said.

Speaking in Parliament last week MDC MP for Mabvuku-Tafara, James Maridadi said: “Mr. Speaker, I will tell you what a minister who allows a parastatal under his purview not to be audited for five years deserves. We must strip him naked, put him out there and whip him to death like a donkey,” Maridadi said amid laughter from other MPs.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly asked Maridadi on which law he is going to apply such a method, of which the legislator responded: “Sorry Mr. Speaker, this is what happens in other jurisdictions like Philippines and China where they will horsewhip you to death. In Zimbabwe we do not do that because we respect the rule of law so we do not do that.”

He also added that ministers are responsible for the rot in parastatals.

“Forty percent of the parastatals looked at had problems with going concern issues. When the Auditor-General says, ‘you have going concern issues’, he is saying, looking at your numbers, it is unlikely that in the next 12 months after this audit report has been signed you will not still be doing business because your liabilities outstrip your assets. Let me give you an example and bring it closer to home and be graphic.
?“…The National Railways of Zimbabwe’s current assets are outstripped by current liabilities to the tune of $171 million; TelOne current liabilities outstrip current assets by $163 million.

“Mr. Speaker, this is not small change, $163 million. If you put $163 million into Harare even stray cats in Mabvuku will tell you that something is happening in this town. That is the extent of the loss that has been incurred by the parastatal and you find men and women still going to work wearing ties, drinking tea at 10:00 hours and having lunch at 13:00 hours.”

He further added: “What are you doing when a parastatal has made a loss of $163 million and you are still wearing a tie and going to work? Before I go any further, Air Zimbabwe has not been audited since 2009, yet Air Zimbabwe has had ministers who go to Cabinet every Tuesday. What are you going to Cabinet to do? Actually I saw (Nicholas) Goche seated here and I was saying, aah but what is wrong with this man?  He was minister of Transport with Air Zimbabwe under his purview yet it was never audited.”

Maridadi’s suggestion comes after Gokwe-Nembudziya Zanu PF MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena recently sensationally claimed that some ministers in President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet are corrupt, ?labelling them “shameless thieves”.

Mugabe recently said no corruption evidence had been tendered against any of his officials.

Wadyajena made the claims while responding to Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe, who had posted a picture of the latest Land Rover Range Rover on Twitter, which he said should not be shown to Zimbabwean ministers, otherwise the country would be plunged into more debt.

Despite Mugabe saying there is no evidence to prove the corruption, worrying concerns over graft have been echoed by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko who recently said Mugabe’s Cabinet is full of thieves while Zanu PF youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga also said ministers have misplaced priorities.

Zimbabwe is ranked 150 out of 168 countries, according to the Transparency International 2015 Corruption Perception Index.

The corruption watchdog has warned that corruption has infiltrated public and private institutions.

Speaking on his 93rd birthday interview, Mugabe said: “We only hear so and so is corrupt. Well, this could be the case. Perhaps the big fish might also be capable of hiding their corruption. I don’t know. Or are people afraid to come out and even come to us and say so and so steals such amounts and we investigate that.”

“For now we only hear big fish, big fish, big fish. People were in the habit of accusing the others of being corrupt with no evidence. I will investigate but I don’t want political attacks as it were…if there is evidence, we will pursue that evidence and certainly we will deal with the persons,” he said.

Last year, the Judicial Service Commission launched an anti-corruption programme dubbed Against Corruption Together (Act) that involved stakeholders, the Law Society of Zimbabwe, National Prosecuting Authority, the Attorney General’s Office, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, Justice ministry, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police in a bid to deal with corruption. —Blessings Mashaya

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