Former Mines Minister Obert Mpofu has claimed that he was wrongfully accused of engaging in corruption by people within and outside his ruling party, ZANU PF.
Mpofu has for years been accused of corruption and recently, the ZANU PF Youth League named him among corrupt people in the country who are “choking efforts by president Mnangagwa to revive the collapsed economy.”
Responding to Open Parly question during an online question and answer session on Thursday which sought to establish why he is being targeted by anti-corruption crusaders, Mpofu denied the allegations. He said:
The discourse of corruption is peddled to manipulate gullible minds to hating their leaders. The issue of corruption in high place has emotive capital. It even becomes worse when its used to decapitate reputations of those of us in power.
Those who were in ZANU PF and accused me of corruption where they are and where am I now? What evidence have they produced to a whole ZACC. The correct question should not be; why me? It should be why us?
Former President Robert Mugabe claimed that when Mpofu was the Minister of Mines, the country lost over US$15 billion from diamonds through underhand dealings.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is in a sorry state and corruption has reportedly contributed significantly to the economic and humanitarian crisis.