Let’s do away with corruption

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ONCE corruption has been allowed to take root, there is indeed no limit to the extent it undermines the stability of a state and society.
It is a cancer, a rot that can collapse a nation.
Kwameh Nkrumah’s Scientific Socialism, Julius Nyerere’s Ujamaa socialism and Leopold Senghor’s Negritude were superb ideologies, full of good intentions that did not materialise as a result of the shackles of corruption.
As another illustrious son of the soil and pan-Africanist takes the reins of his nation, with the intention of leading it to glory, the fangs of corruption will, without doubt, attempt to derail everything he stands for.
In a country with vast natural resources, a rich human resource base, equipped with a myriad of skills, it is only the persistence of widespread corruption that has inhibited the transformation of our country into a force to reckon with, on the continent and beyond.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is obviously a man on top of his game.
He is a shrewd politician, an intellect and business savvy, but he has to be on the lookout for corruption, which emerges from many avenues.
Corruption in the country is the outgrowth of negative colonial legacy, poor leadership in the various institutions of the state, both private and public.
Politics of the belly has resulted in ethics being thrown out of the window and unbridled greed and selfishness has led to many corrupt activities.
Weak institutions of governance (lack of good corporate governance), lack of accountability and transparency, lack of political will and weak ethical values had led to corruption sinking its roots deep.
No matter how good our intentions, how big our zeal, how huge our effort and commitment, we will not progress, if we do not tackle corruption by the horns.
Many had come to accept that corruption was now part of our culture because it had become deeply entrenched, acted without dire consequences to the actors and actresses.
At the mention of corrupt activities, grand or petty, people were no longer moved.
While corruption has become a subject for jokes, its damage cannot and should never be overlooked.
The new leadership has set the tone, all hands on deck, no more to lackadaisical approach to duty.
Acts that retard development will not be tolerated.
The leadership has made its stance on corruption clear, it will not be tolerated.
And as citizens of this beautiful nation, we must also play our part.
We must all remove the cloak of corruption that we were all now wearing, unashamedly.
Corruption must be uprooted, roots, branches and all.
We, the citizens, have promoted corruption.
For example, traffic violations that merit fines have been dismissed as drivers offered officials bribes.
You and I, the ordinary citizen, are familiar with ‘petty’ corruption, while the ‘rich’ are acquainted with grand corruption.
All of us had become corrupt and we must all change, not tomorrow, but now, henceforth.
The country has a right political ideology, a legacy worth fighting for and protecting, but this will come to naught due to the far reaching effects of corruption.
Now more than ever, citizens, various organisations, governments and the corporate sector must work together to ensure the country’s development is premised on a foundation free of corruption.
The importance of transparency, participation and accountability for sustainable development must be emphasised.
For the benefit of the country, for the success of the nation, for people’s prosperity, let’s take collective effort to make corruption an evil of the past.
President Mnangagwa rightly put it, when he said we have an obligation to posterity, those to come after us must inherit a country they will be proud of, and doing away with the vice of corruption is one of the critical steps to building a Zimbabwe we all want.

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