Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Lieutenant-General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has blamed corrupt government officials for the socio-economic problems Zimbabwe is facing. The general said that even though Zimbabwe was under sanctions from Western countries, corruption had worsened the situation. Speaking at the passing out parade for 590 recruits at 53 Infantry Battalion in Kwekwe on Friday, Sibanda explained that this is what had motivated the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) to launch Operation Restore Legacy.
Some corrupt members of our Government had digressed from their core mandate of serving the people to robbing the people through corruption and fiscal indiscipline, taking advantage of their proximity to the former Head of State, Cde Robert Mugabe.
These acts of indiscipline aimed at enriching individuals were causing a lot of social and economic problems in the country and the defence forces had to intervene in order to restore normalcy in the country.
Let us forget about past mistakes and think ahead. I have hope that these hardships will be overcome as the new Government takes charge and outlines its development agenda. I need to emphasise the need for vigilance during this period as there are still some individuals who believe that they can reverse what has happened.