Zim First Family in-laws in tender controversy
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE – NEPOTISM, a regular feature in Zimbabwe’s politics decades after independence dominated by the First Family, has taken a new dimension with the revelations a man related to the husband of the daughter of President Robert Mugabe had irregularly secured a lucrative tender in the energy sector.
Bona Mugabe’s brother-in-law, Derrick Chikore, brother to her husband Simba Chikore, has been awarded $200 million (about R3 billion) energy tender by Zimbabwe Power Company without going through regular tender procedures.
Simba and Bona (26), Mugabe’s only daughter, were married in 2014 at Mugabe’s plush private residence in Borrowdale, Harare.
The tender awarded to Chikore’s bother comes hot on the heels of Wicknell Chivayo, also closely connected to the Mugabes, also secured a whopping $400 (about R6 billion) energy tender by the same company without following tender procedures.
Minister of Energy, Samuel Undenge, has since apologised.
The ministry of energy in Zimbabwe is widely regarded as the cash-cow of corruption.
However, critics are not amused with nepotism rearing its ugly head again with recent events following heightened levels of corruption in the Southern African country.
A whopping $15 billion (about R225 billion) has reportedly gone missing without trace from government coffers.
Activists and the opposition have condemned the high levels of nepotism among other forms of rampant corruption.
They warned of the repercussions beneficiaries would suffer in the event, albeit unlikely, of a change of government.
Carlton Mamutse, a political activist from Highfields, Harare, said, “They will be forced to leave Zimbabwe or risk being arrested for unduly accumulating wealth amassed from this naked corruption.”
Echoing same sentiments, Munashe Mutizwa of Zengeza also in Harare, warned Zimbabweas’ anger had been bottled for too long and soon might erupt.
“Even when Zimbabweans are always perceived to be docile or cowardice people, time is fast approaching in which the military, state security of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and police will not be able to contain the anger of the nation,” he said.
Nkululeko Nkomo from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, alleged the $15 billion said to have disappeared without trace was shared among President Mugabe, military connections the top brass in the security services.
“Time is fast coming in which even the army, police and CIO might not stop the nation. Enough is enough,” warned Mutizwa.
The opposition slammed the awarding of the $200 million energy tender to Mugabe’s in-laws.
“As PDP (People’s Democratic Party), we directly hold Mugabe guilty of nepotism and we denounce such cronyism when the country’s economy is struggling. It is clear Mugabe is behind the illegal awarding of the tender to Derrick Chikore in order for his son-in-laws to join the looting gravy train,” said PDP, led by Tendai Biti, former Finance Minister in the unity government.
“I smell the first family and all that surround them will be prosecuted in a time fast approaching time. Even in the bible, one prophet Elisha anointed Jehu for the sole purpose of rebelling against the corrupt king of the biblical Israel, that was Jehovah God himself anointing people to rebel.”
– CAJ News
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