Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said Zimbabweans are innovative when it comes to stealing, adding that people who label ministers as corrupt are “misplaced”.

Answering a journalist who had questioned how the government was going to do deal with corruption on their mooted $500 million agriculture programme, during a press conference in Harare, Mnangagwa said: “Zimbabweans are very innovative. They may find a window of stealing from that scheme”.
“...but we cannot be afraid of implementing a good programme because someone stole something last year, so we are going to implement this,” he said.

The programme will see identified farmers being given irrigation equipment and farming inputs and are required to commit five tonnes per hectare to government as repayment for inputs.

“Those who would be found wanting, the records are there, you must pay there is nothing that is for free and if you are found corrupt we have our courts to deal with you.

“...the perception that the corruption is in Cabinet and not with you is misplaced”.
In recent months, analysts and opposition parties have savaged the Zanu PF government saying the main source of the current economic woes is “corrupt ministers”.

The Cabinet ministers have also been criticised for taking advantage of programmes meant to benefit the people to line their pockets like the controversial land reform and indigenisation policies.

However, Mnangagwa said they were going to implement stiff measures on those found on the wrong side of the law.

“The extension officers in the ministry of Agriculture will supervise those in the programme.
“More than 2 000 farmers will come into this programme and I think the ministers do not exceed 1 000, you can count your fingers as well, you can get all the ministers from that, so don’t be afraid of ministers being corrupt.

“Secondly, I don’t think all ministers are farmers, I am a farmer but I am not corrupt and I am very productive. Currently, I produce ten tonnes per hectare. This season we... harvested 7,8 tonnes per hectare but my average is ten.

“We hope that every farmer who comes into this programme is a serious farmer.”


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