Sunday, 16 October 2016

ZANU PF BIGWIGS ACT ABOVE THE LAW : SAYS BITI'S PDP

People's Democratic Party (PDP) has said the president Robert Mugabe-led government is insincere on dealing with corruption, adding that the nonagenarian leader’s administration acts above the law.

This is despite claims by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that no one is above the law, following corruption allegations against Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo.
Moyo is accused of having misused $450 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

Several people have been calling for his arrest which, according to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, can only be sanctioned by Mugabe.

However, speaking in the House of Assembly, Mnangagwa said Cabinet ministers and vice presidents can be prosecuted if there are any reasonable grounds that they committed an offence.
But PDP said, Mnangagwa’s statements do not add value if in the end no action is taken against the suspects.

“It is a fact that Mnangagwa’s statement is only mere sloganeering and politicking. The truth of the matter is that in Zimbabwe, there is selective application of the law.

“There is a law for Zanu PF officials and supporters and a law for others,” PDP said, adding that offences committed by Zanu PF officials in the past have been swept under the carpet, including murders and corruption.

“Over 30 years after the Gukurahundi massacres where thousands of people were murdered by known State agents, the government has not taken any steps to bring to book the perpetrators.”

The party further said that corruption allegations against senior Zanu PF officials have never been taken past the investigation stage. The party also makes special mention of one of the country’s serious graft scandals of the late 80s, which became known as the Willowgate Scandal.

The scandal involved ministers who abused their positions to buy then luxurious Toyota Cressida vehicles from the government-controlled vehicle assembler Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries. They went on to resell the cars at inflated prices.

“ . . . Zanu PF acolytes are above the law and are protected by Mugabe as they loot the country’s resources.

“Therefore, Mnangagwa will be lying to claim that there is no one above the law because . . . evidence is a living proof of the high level of corruption that is happening in Zimbabwe under the Zanu PF government where criminals and murderers are protected by the regime,” PDP said. Daily News

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