This research could not have come at a better time, with Zimbabwe at a crossroads, requiring honest and well-informed decisions on the political, social and economic fronts. The research findings and recommendations shed light on what need to be done and give directions on the actions to be taken to fight corruption which has crippled the country.
This report further provides a window into the eyes of Zimbabweans as they have witnessed grand and bureaucratic corruption whose effects have negatively affected economic, political and social development. Since independence, Zimbabwe has recorded a number of high profile corruption cases that have resultantly confronted the economy through a dangerous mix of corrupt acts whose perpetrators are hardly prosecuted.
It is important to note that young people sighed a sigh of relief when President Emmerson assumed office in 2017 and promised to weed out corruption. However, their joy was short lived as the post Mugabe era, the so called second republic still finds itself mired in corruption scandals despite the presidential pronouncement. This corruption has intolerably destroyed political and economic opportunities for the youth together with their confidence in government institutions.
I’m excited about this report and strongly believe that it will continue the conversation in highlighting the voices of youth in the fight against corruption in Zimbabwe. I remain hopeful for a Zimbabwe with strong institutions capable of fighting corruption and promoting accountability and good governance.
Director, Youth Forum Zimbabwe
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Source: Youth Forum Zimbabwe