The MDC is not convinced that the recent arrest of Prisca Mupfumira is enough proof that the fight against corruption is now finally being taken seriously.
The arrest of Mupfumira is a red herring meant to hoodwink us into thinking that the arrest of a serving Minister is an indication that at long last there is serious about tackling high-level corruption.
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The MDC can see through the ruse and the people of Zimbabwe must not be fooled.
We believe in comprehensive and holistic tackling of graft against all those who have been looting the national resources and the majority of them are fully entrenched in the system and remain untouchable.
What we find curious about Mupfumira’s arrest is that it has taken so long to effect.
She was removed by Mugabe on the very basis that she was implicated in something untoward which took place at NSSA when she was Minister of the Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, but when the so-called new dispensation was ushered in, she was not only appointed to another Ministry but retained after the 2018 Elections.
Yet there were undercurrents about shenanigans at NSSA which were conveniently ignored.
What does not surprise us is that Mupfumira’s woes have their genesis from the list produced by the Youth League and it becomes obvious that she has probably fallen out of favour for whatever reason and this has the hallmark of the usual selective application of the law and factional politics at play.
In the same vein, there is a deafening silence regarding those implicated in the $3 billion Command Agriculture debacle and if there was any seriousness about tackling high-level corruption one would expect heads to roll and arrests being made now.
While we hold no brief for Mupfumira and we believe that she must have her day in court we are concerned by the spirited efforts of her successor at the Ministry, Sekai Nzenza ensuring that the forensic report is not tabled in Parliament.
lt is evident that she has the full blessings of her superiors, which shows that there is something to hide.
Another matter of concern is the invocation of the Prosecutor General’s Certificate to have Mupfumira incarcerated for 21 days which reminds us of the notorious abuse of the now-outlawed Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.
The danger is that this will be used selectively and we in the MDC cherish the upholding of the Rule of Law and anything that undermines that principle is a cause for concern.
We, therefore, believe that this Section is inimical to Justice and where Bail has been denied one must have a Right to have the decision reviewed by a Superior Court within the shortest possible time and allowing issuance of Certificates sets a dangerous precedent and is not per real and substantial Justice.
We, therefore, believe that the provision is patently unconstitutional and we will do what we can to challenge it so that the Judiciary is given the power to make appropriate decisions in real-time.
MDC Secretary for Justice and Legal Affairs.
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