MDC president Nelson Chamisa said that President Emmerson is surrounded by corrupt people and criminals.
Speaking to Newsday, Chamisa called for the creation of independent and strong institutions which should be manned by people who have to be subjected to the test of Parliament to prove their worthiness. Said Chamisa:
I have always said Mr Mnangagwa must not look far if he is looking for corruption, corrupt people and criminals. He must just look around himself and search deep within.
We have a lot of criminals occupying public office, they are a professionalising crime or they are criminalising a profession because we have deployed criminals whose credentials are questionable.
Known criminals occupy offices of significance. That is an act of corruption, cheating in elections is an act of corruption. That’s why we need independent and strong institutions.
Corruption is deep and rife because we don’t have oversight. We must not have a Parliament which is a barking dog. It must be a biting dog. The President must go back to Parliament to report. He must have a question-and-answer session so that he faces the people.
All commissions (must be) independent. Yes, we have the Standing Rules and Orders Committee, but we must actually even go further. (Cabinet)ministers must be subjected to a parliamentary select committee.
All key appointments like permanent secretaries, directors, when we form a government, all presidential appointees must be subjected to the test of Parliament through hearings to test the credentials of individuals who occupy public office.