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Regional Anti-Graft Group Says Mnangagwa Is Encouraging Bribery, Vote Buying

 

Regional anti-graft body the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACTSA) has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of abusing state resources to buy votes. In a report released 5 July and dated, The state of electoral fraud and corruption in the run-up to the July 2018 general elections in Zimbabwe, the group says,

Regardless of the condemnation of the utterance, in January 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government dished out vehicles to traditional leaders, despite other pressing
national priorities, in the health and education sector to name but a few. This was perceived as a vote-buying gimmick.

Again, on the 9th of June 2018, President Mnangagwa urged his party’s candidates in the harmonised elections scheduled for July 30, to offer trinkets to chiefs and traditional leaders to procure their support in the elections. These utterances by the President whilst in Mutoko in Mashonaland East Province, motivated some ruling party members to engage in corrupt practices for the purposes of vote-buying ahead of the elections.

There are increasing cases of the abuse of state resources, including human resources, for ZANU PF campaign activities. ZANU PF activities are sometimes allegedly funded through taxpayers…Zimbabwean parastatals or state-owned enterprises gained infamy for donating to ZANU PF at the expense of the people whom are they founded to serve and their survival

…To this end, the Anti-Corruption of Southern Africa recommends that all SOES (State Owned Enterprises) be banned from funding political parties and that action be taken against all those who made the decision to fund Zanu PF.

More: New Zimbabwe

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