25 June 2019

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Youth League Speaks On Corrupt Kingpins

Photo: Innocent Makawa/The Herald
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, National Youth Chairperson Pupurai Togarepi and Zanu-PF secretary for youth Lewis Matutu (file photo).

The Zanu-PF Youth League says it has heeded President Mnangagwa's call to fight corruption and yesterday audaciously named individuals, private sector executives and party bigwigs it claimed were corrupt.

Addressing a Press conference at Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare yesterday, the Youth League's deputy secretary Cde Lewis Matutu said those exposed in the "naming and shaming" should clear their names, threatening to bar named party officials from the ruling party's headquarters in Harare.

"All the party members fingered in the corruption should do the honourable thing and not report for work tomorrow until they have cleared the allegations made against them.

"High ranking officials who work at the party headquarters should stop reporting for duty with immediate effect until they clear their names before the President and the courts. We are going to lock out all the Zanu-PF officials from entering their offices until they have cleared the allegations with immediate effect," said Cde Matutu.

Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said he could not comment on the issue as he was in Plumtree and unaware of the goings on in Harare.

Party secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said while the leadership wanted a corruption free environment to turn around the fortunes of the country's economy, corruption cases had to be proved in court.

"We cannot prove allegations of corruption on a particular person until the courts of the land prove him or her guilty," he said.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF United Kingdom and Europe District Youth League says it stands in solidarity with the national executive on the recently launched Anti-Corruption Campaign.

In a statement yesterday, chairperson of the UK/Europe District Cde Farai Muvuti applauded the move and called for an urgent address on all proposed recommendations.

"The ZANU-PF Youth League of the United Kingdom and Europe District stands in solidarity with our Executive as led by Cde Pupurai Togarepi and Cde Lewis Matutu together with their entire executive team on the recently launched Anti-Corruption Campaign," he said.

"We stand proudly with our leadership on the demonstration of courage, as the Youth League UK/Europe District, we pledge our utmost support towards a corrupt free society. We applaud this stance and hope that all the proposed recommendations are promptly acted upon with a sense of urgency."

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