Corruption Can Be Positive For The Country: Minister Mukupe

Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Terrence Mukupe has claimed that corruption can have positive effects on a country. Speaking at a roundtable discussion, Mukupe said,

I read an article to the effect that corruption can be also positive for the country. After going through that article I can actually give you some life lessons I had. I remember when I was advisor to ESSAR (An Indian company that wanted to invest in Ziscosteel) and ESSAR wanted to come into Zimbabwe, someone approached me and said the fundamental mistake you are making with ESSAR is that you don’t have a local partner.

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….And the response that this guy made was that government is not a person and it does not eat, it does not breath, it is not motivated to make the transaction work well. So by you giving away part of your transaction to someone else, that person is going to make sure that they wake up every day because they are motivated to make sure that the transaction works. So that is a case of positive corruption…I guess his goals were aligned with the goals of government and everything else was moving on well and it became positive corruption for the country.

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3 comments on “Corruption Can Be Positive For The Country: Minister Mukupe

  1. My problem with ZANU PF has always been corruption! If everyone in ZANU thinks the same way as this chap, then goodbye ZANU. You are disgusting!

  2. The minister is missing the point. Is that being positive for the country? If something is positive for the corruptor and corruptee, it does not mean that it is positive for the country. Minister Mukupe has lost his mind. Zimbabwe does not deserve Ministers having that mentality. President Mnangagwa must take action against such leaders who condone and try to justify corruption.

  3. This is utter nonsense and uncalled for. How can he even utter such trash, who recruited this guy. Last time he was in the news again on the negative, after beating up a subordinate over a paltry allowance. And the powers that be remain mum about it. Now he is advocating for corruption. Forget my vote as long as these guys remain on the forefront. Viva Ndonga.

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