Zimbabweans urged to join anti-corruption drive

Precious Shumba of the Harare Residents’ Trust

By Alex Bell
06 December 2012

Zimbabweans are being urged to throw their weight behind local anti-corruption initiatives, with the country being ranked as the most corrupt in the Southern African region.

Transparency International has released its latest corruption perception Index, with Zimbabwe being placed 163 out of a total of 176 countries around the world. The Index, which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived, suggests that Zimbabwe’s corruption record is worsening, with the country dropping nine places on the Index since last year.

The latest report puts Botswana as the least corrupt country in Southern Africa, ranking 30, followed by Namibia (58), South Africa (64), Lesotho (64), Swaziland (88), Zambia (88), Malawi (88) and Mozambique (123).

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making,” said Transparency International in a statement. “They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable.”

Zimbabwe’s low ranking puts it among some of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to the index, which ranks Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia the bottom three.

Zimbabweans are now being urged to join the fight against corruption by supporting local efforts to stamp out the problem. This includes becoming grassroots whistleblowers and using a newly launched SMS hotline to report incidents of corruption.

The SMS hotline was launched by Transparency International Zimbabwe last month, and encourages the public to send anonymous messages about the corruption they have encountered. WitnessES and victims of corruption can send an SMS to (+263) 0775 220 700.

Precious Shumba from the Harare Residents’ Trust told SW Radio Africa that Zimbabwe’s corruption record will not improve until there is a united effort to fight the problem. He said corruption has become so endemic in Zimbabwean society that “handing over a bribe for anything is a norm.” He added that reporting measures, like the SMS platform, were a good step towards changing the attitudes ‘corroding’ society.

But he warned that there is also a safety element of the SMS campaign that could put people off using it, saying: “The major challenge of this whistleblowing exercise, is will it be transparently vetted? Who has access to the numbers and who will be monitoring?”

He warned that in a country where fear is still as large an issue as corruption, many members of the public might be too afraid to have their numbers associated with weeding out corruption.

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7 Responsesto “Zimbabweans urged to join anti-corruption drive”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    It is now corruption as the indigenous people make efforts to own and control their God given resources. It was never corruption when our minerals resources we have in abundance were exploited using slave labor, shipped to Europe to develop the slave and colonial masters’ countries. These guys quickly forget the crimes they committed against the people of Zimbabwe and now want to pretend to be good boys. Their modus operandi which can no longer stand the test of time is very well known. It is outdated and therefore obsolete in this 21st century.

    • Yepec says:

      What is outdated and obsolete, are the so called war veterans and their Association which must be led by outsiders in order to be in existence. Some continue to forsake the country they claim to have liberated. Like any fake people, they refuse to give liberation credentials but promote violence for their own ends. Worst still, they cannot see or perceive the widespread corruption, oppression, tyranny and dictatorship visited on the people of Zimbabwe. What a mold of fake people?

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        My friend, the following is the answer I have provided in response to queries you have posed about Chimbwido Warvet. Please read it at your pleasure and tell me if you have anything further to talk about.

        First of all, you do not know Chimbwido Warvet and neither do you know where he lives and consequently you can not judge him. Chimbwido Warvet has never left the country except on business trips to our friendly countries. Now I will try to answer the questions you have posed as follows

        (1) The entire African continent has not been spared of the slave and colonial scourge. As late as 1955, Black Zimbabweans were still being forced into slavery, the so-called CHIBARO to build the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River. In our gold, asbestos, tin, chrome, copper and many other minerals endowed to the country, black labor was free of charge. Cecil Rhodes and Rudd built their enormous wealth using free labor from the indigenous people. Our mineral wealth these guys exploited using our people for nothing went on to build Europe to what it is today for a song and yet there is racial discrimination against those people who provided them with the wealth they are so proud of. This is history that has not been properly written because it would work against the interests of our slave and colonial masters. But if you do a bit of research from the works of scholars and academics, there is plenty of literature along these lines. This history which has been carefully concealed for hundreds of years by our slave and colonial masters, has now been fully documented by academics and scholars.

        (2) Chimbwido Warvet was trained in guerrilla warfare to topple the diabolic regime of Ian Smith in 1975 at Mgagawo Military Academy in the Republic of Tanzania. One of my compatriots I still remember vividly well during those difficult days is the late Mernard Gidi or Mernard Muzariri as he was then known after independence and went on to become the Deputy Director of the CIO. I will not talk of the living war veterans, for fear they might take me to task for revealing their names. So you can see, I came a long way mate. Handisi vanamafekezulu sevana Tsvangirai who want to set an ambush for what they did not fight for.

        (3) As I indicated earlier, I personally do not care as to who is leading the War Veteran Association of Zimbabwe for as long as the individual selected and given the task, promotes the values and philosophies that were born out of our liberation war and Jabulani Moyo is doing just that. I do not have the ambition to be the leader of the association but I am still a firm believer in what we set to do after independence and that is for Zimbabweans to be masters of their own destiny. I have no illusions whatsoever about that for if we do not, we will still remain the hewers of wood and drawers of water for other nations.

        • Tawanda says:

          You completely miss the point of the article and clearly stuck in past thinking. Liberation was 32 years ago yet you still squirm about colonialism. Get with the program! Transparency International are trying to do the right thing here by setting up a platform for a transparent public sector in Zimbabwe that is accountable to all Zimbabweans. Squirming about 1955, 1975 or any other past date, including yesterday, yes yesterday will accomplish nothing. Did you fight and spill blood to complain about the past or did you fight to gain a better life for you and future generations. That life will only come about when those that are elected are made accountable for their actions and this includes corruption. Zimbabwe has huge natural resources worth many billion’s of dollars more than the nations entire debt. Managed properly this could settle our debts (whether you agree with them or not) and the left over can be reinvested into better schools, education, health services and public services like roads and communications. That’s the future Zimbabwe we all want. Not a stupid cry about the past. You’re either Zimbabwean or you’re not. If you’re Zimbabwean then fight for a better future by making those in power accountable to the people. Expose corruption. Force change, even if not political change, force change at ground level. Force good management, force good investment and for crying out loud force a better life for all. All that blood spilt and for what? Unbelievable.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Unless you read the previous articles written by Chimbwido Warvet, you will have no appreciation of where he is coming from. The article you have just read above has obviously developed from somewhere and should therefore not be isolated from his previous posts which you should read for a better understanding.

        • Yepec says:

          Have you really forgotten? Hmm ! Could it be a Zanu strategy in effect? Honestly, when one writes something on a post, one must realise that other people read and weigh its truthfulness too. Does any of the items below remind you of ever bragged or defended yourself in this way :
          (i) I pay my taxes like any person in the UK,
          (ii) This or the country we liberated for you,
          (iii) It was an educated choice to live in Britain,
          (iv) Chose to live in Britain because this is a well mixed society ,(v) I will be operating in Harare next year, in August 2013,
          (vi) Like any lawful person, I follow the rules of the country and

          (vii) I work hard to support my family – the reason why I am not corrupt?

          Some of the items above might not be in the exact words written but the thrust and meaning is the same. Hopefully, this is no time for scoring points or playing funny games with each.other. People should be discussing about corruption in Zimbabwe because it is damaging the soul of that society.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I told you a long time ago that a lot of rubbish has been written and attributed to Chimbwido Warvet. Some impostors have even gone to the extent of giving him other names of their choice but that has not bothered him at all. The above article you have just read is Chimbwido Warvet’s story as per your query and he has tried his best to answer some of the pertinent questions you always raised in the past. It is up to you to believe it or not, mate.