Zanu PF national political commissar and deputy defense minister, Victor Matemadanda, has said that there is a possibility that individuals who are being accused of conducting underhand dealings to sabotage efforts to revive the economy, were indeed corrupt. He urged those on the list to prove their innocence.
Matemadanda’s remarks come after the ZANU PF youth league released a list of names of individuals including top party, business and government officials accusing them of choking president Mnangagwa’s efforts to resuscitate the economy through corrupt dealings including illegal forex trading.
The list which nearly caused a fist fight during a politburo meeting featured prominent names including Obert Mpofu, Prisca Mupfumira and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe boss John Mangudya.
Addressing a Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting yesterday, Matemadanda said that no one was supposed to get angry. Instead, they should clear their names since corruption is a decay to be dealt with. He said:
Prove your innocence. Corruption is a rot which we need to get rid off. Chiripo chiripo imbwa haihukuri sadza. Where there is smoke there is fire.
How can we develop when we are corrupt? We need you to clear your names because right now no one has said you are guilty.
Our constitution is clear that everyone is innocent until proven guilty so all those who have been named should prove their innocence.
He called upon president Mnangagwa to relieve corrupt and underperforming public officials of their duties.
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