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Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has intensified his zero tolerance towards corruption approach
Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has intensified his zero tolerance towards corruption approach

Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given his cabinet ministers and top government officials up to February 28, 2018 to declare their assets in writing.

This comes as an effort to sanitise public service which under the previous administration had degenerated into a charade of opulence and extravagance through ex-ministers like Saviour Kasukuwere.

Chief Secretary to the Office of The President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda said the request was the fulfilment President Mnangagwa made during his inauguration.

“It will be recalled that in his inaugural address on 24 November 2017, His Excellency the President made an undertaking to create a responsible, transparent and accountable Public Service Workforce that is sworn to high moral standards and deserved rewards. Over the ensuing period, the President has called for strict adherence to the fundamental tenets of good corporate governance,” the statement read.

The requirement also implores town clerks to declare their belongings within the stipulated time.

“In line with the new thrust, it has become mandatory for all Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Heads of Ministries, Senior Principal Directors, Board Chairpersons and Board Members of State Enterprises and Parastatals, Chief Executive Officers of State Enterprises, all Chairpersons and Members of Constitutional Commissions (both Executive and Independent), and Chief Excecutives of Local Authorities to submit a written declaration of their assets,” the statement said.

Within the declarations affected individuals will lay bare how much they own in assets as well as their business interests.

This move comes at a time when questions are being raised over the wealth held by some government ministers like Obert Mpofu who has been continuously fingered in the missing diamond revenue narrative.

Norton Legislator yesterday singled out Obert Mpofu as the key suspect in the “missing” $15 billion saga.

He is among the many who are suggesting that the asset declarations have to be made public for transparency.