By Tapiwa Chirume
The anti-corruption crusade should be directed towards white-owned firms and individuals who are chief architects of externalization and money laundering deals bleeding the Zimbabwe’s economy, the Norton Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa has said.
Addressing Journalists at the Media Centre Mliswa said Zimbabwe’s economy is in the hands of foreign cartels that have established monopolies in every sector of the economy and are holding the country at ransom through skyrocketing pricing and creating artificial shortages.
The Norton legislator alleged that Innscor is one of the foreign-owned firms involved in externalization and money laundering deals facilitated through third parties. ‘The externalization is facilitated through companies such as AGA Africa and Sub Saharan Group International who are linked to the same shareholders as Innscor,’ he said.
Addressing the same press conference was Adrian Moyo, a former Director at Innscor who concurred with the Norton legislator that Innscor was involved in illicit deals. Moyo said he had written several letters calling upon the police to investigate the illegal movement of funds at Innscor, but no action was taken.
Mliswa said Innscor is in the same league with monopolies that are holding the nation to ransom through creating artificial shortages inflating of prices of basic commodities such as mealie-meal.
The legislator singled Billy Rautenbach as one of the many white individuals who, he said, are capturing State institutions and creating monopolies in every sector of the economy. He said the police were captured by Rautenbach as evidenced by how they could not take action against him when “he illegally grabbed stands of desperate home seekers in Aspindale”.
Mliswa questioned the effectiveness of the Zimbabwe Competition and Tariffs Commission, which, he said, is allowing unfair business practices to prevail at the expense of the majority.
He said he had ample evidence and had reported to relevant authorities cases of corruption involving foreign cartels. “I have evidence and I am awaiting findings of investigations that are underway”, Mliswa said
Mliswa further alleged that the mainstream media is captured and cannot effectively report on corruption. He said he will name the journalists and editors who are captured.