By Mutsa Makuvaza
THE ruling Zanu-PF party has shown four employees the exit and suspended another four from various departments for abusing the names of the party leadership, while some cases are still under investigation.
This is part of cleanup to remove from its ranks officials who abuse names of the leadership to engage in corruption, the party’s acting national spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa told journalists yesterday.
The developments come as Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said malicious reports that seek to link President Mnangagwa and his family to corrupt individuals are by no means a coincidence; rather they are a well-coordinated attacks on the system, which is intended to agitate Zimbabweans into demonstrations and uprising.
Chinamasa said the revolutionary party will not hesitate to weed out people who abuse the names of the First Family, with action has already been taken against certain individuals.
“We have noted with concern that these name-droppers are abusing the names of senior leaders in the party, Government and the First Family. They allege that they are relatives of senior leaders and go about conning people in the name of our leadership.
“That should stop forthwith. Here at the party, we have fired some of these name-droppers, conmen and con-women who abuse the name of the party and leadership. We challenge all media players to expose these fraudsters and extortionists whenever you come across them. In the next press conference after full investigations, we will name and shame them,” he said.
Last week, an official at the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, Gift Karanda name-dropped the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins saying they were into gold smuggling. The First Lady has refuted the claims.
Names of the officials in question could not be immediately obtained. However, the ruling party early this year fired youth league officials who had also “named and shamed” officials linked to the party who they said were corrupt, but failed to provide backing evidence.
Mutsvangwa on Monday said doomsayers had gotten disappointed that their predictions of the party’s implosion have not materialised, and were now turning on soiling the name of the First Family.
“Predictions by the country’s detractors to the effect that the economy would implode by year end have been shown to be wishful thinking; on the contrary, the country has achieved macroeconomic stability and tamed inflation much to the disappointment of purveyors of doom,” she said. ■