Zimbabwe joined the rest of the World in the fight against corruption, with the theme for this year being ‘Breaking the corruption Chain”.
This year’s commemorations were organized by ZERO-Tolerance Consultancy with opposition political parties, government officials and the ruling party being invited for discussions but only the Progressive Democratic Party attending the function.
But the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)spokesperson laid into Goodson Nguni, who is alleged to be a fugitive from the law in Eastern Cape, South Africa, and has been appointed as a commissioner on the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission by President Mugabe.
Nguni, was convicted of “offences of fraud and corruption” by the courts in Port Elizabeth South Africa, was employed as Regional Manager by the South African Post Office in the Eastern Cape. He ran away from South Africa in 1999 amid allegations of fraud levelled against him by his employer.
Jacob Mafume described him as an ‘attention seeker’ and that the kind of the people ‘we expected’ for appointment in the commission.
“Nguni is an attention seeker and people like him are not the right people we would expect to be appointed as marshals against corruption” he said
He said while he risked being sued for defamation by Nguni, expecting him to deal with corruption was expecting too much from him.
Mafume also blamed the appointment of Nguni as an insult to Zimbabweans since the public was not consulted in the appointment of people of such high office.
“There is need for men and women of integrity to be appointed in the Anti-Corruption Commission and indeed people like him are not. We don’t even know about their assets something which should worry Zimbabweans” said Mafume who worked in the Prime Minister’s office during the GNU.
Efforts to get comments from Good Nguni were fruitless.
Asked on how his party members had failed to deal with corruption during their tenure in the Government of National Unity (GNU) Mafume said the problem was that corruption is very systematic and that the Zimbabwean corrupt system ‘spits’ the uncorrupt.
He also revealed that corruption was very rampant in the diamond sector and that it was only during the era of Tendai Biti the then Finance Minister that Treasury received money from diamonds.