Zimbabwe-PRESIDENT Mugabe says he will fire corrupt ministers if he is alerted to their underhand dealings and challenged Zimbabweans to expose such culprits.
President Mugabe, who is President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF, bemoaned rampant corruption in the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and warned that such behaviour should stop forthwith.
Officially opening the 13th Zanu-PF Annual National Peoples Conference here yesterday, the President said some ministers were demanding bribes from prospective investors using his name.
“Be disciplined. Do not try to deceive. There is a lot of indiscipline taking place.
“I was getting complaints even kunze from former South African president Thabo Mbeki who said some of our ANC people who come (to Zimbabwe) trying to do business, have been told, if you want to do business you should give us US$1 million. No, it is now US$5 million. We will take some of the money to President Mugabe, zvekundinyepera.”
Added the President: “That is corruption. If I get information that minister So-and-So is doing that, you go immediately.
“Unfortunately, vamwe vanenge vasingadi kutaura mazita.”
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces said because of fear, some people were not willing to name the culprits.
He said refusal to disclose the culprits worsened the situation.President Mugabe slammed rampant corruption in the ZRP and Zimra at border posts.
“Mapurisa, mapurisa, mapurisa. We want you to be straightforward people. You are representatives not only of Government, but of the people as a whole,” he said.
“If you want to be paid to do your job, then you are practising corruption and you cannot boast of having a well-disciplined police.”
Police, said the President, were stopping motorists on the roads and demanding bribes.
“Kumisa vanhu mumigwagwa. Mota yako haina mabreaks haungaende mberi kana uchida, bhadhara US$200 woenda,” he said. President Mugabe said in the majority of cases, the vehicles would not be defective as alleged by the traffic police officers.