Approved candidate list for Zanu PF primary elections comprised of corrupt individuals

The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) is concerned that the ruling ZANU PF political party is failing and/or neglecting to weed out corrupt individuals from the party. Several individuals fingered in corruption scandals, and other acts of dishonesty dominate the list. That said, it appears to ACT-SA that the ruling party does not consider the integrity of its members when appointing them to leadership positions. It is the same behaviour that allowed corruption to flourish in the country during the time when Robert Mugabe was in charge. Mr. Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba found the situation very disturbing and urged the electorate to exercise caution during the voting process.

“I was expecting the new political administration under President Emerson Mnangagwa to be different from the previous one under the former President Robert Mugabe, but they all appear to be the same. Corrupt individuals are allowed to contest elections. Why? A corruption free Zimbabwe will remain a dream. As a country, we are not heading anywhere as long as we allow ourselves to be led by corrupt individuals. The list of selected individuals is dominated by corrupt individuals as if they are the only ones in existence. The country has so many clean individuals who are always sidelined. ACT-SA which I represent is urging ZANU PF to change at the same time warning the electorate to exercise caution” he says.

Furthermore, Mr. Chaumba indicated that ACT-SA was in the process of conducting a mapping exercise of corrupt individuals, to assist the electorate as they vote ” My organisation is undertaking a mapping exercise in which all individuals who are corrupt will be named and shamed and also provide information to the electorate to facilitate informed decision-making on who to vote for. Sometimes the electorate votes blindly because of lack of information. We are going to provide them with information on the integrity of all candidates.” he added.

ACT-SA has also noted with concern that these same corrupt individuals are publicly buying votes with impunity. It appears as if vote buying is an accepted practice in the country.

Source: Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA)

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