Probe leaders’ wealth – Shamu

Conrad Dube

MINISTER for Policy Implementation Webster Shamu says greed has seriously affected the ruling Zanu PF’s campaign efforts – especially in Mashonaland West province.



face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Shamu told the Zimbabwe Independent that people who wanted everybody to know what they drive and that they live in big mansions need to attend the national youth training orientation programme.


“Problems within the party are caused by people who want everyone to know that they drive a Mercedes Benz ML or the size of their mansion. They have destroyed the party in the province. Such people buy their way into office and hence cause conflict with genuine party members,” said Shamu.


Although Shamu did not mention names, it is believed his attack was directed at the party’s flamboyant provincial chairman, Phillip Chiyangwa, the MP for Chinhoyi who recently allowed a Zimbabwean online property magazine, Expo Properties, to tour his Borrowdale home.


The mansion has 15 carports, 18 bedrooms, 25 lounges, four balconies, domestic quarters for nine, two swimming pools and three helipads among other features.


Shamu said there was need for political lessons even at higher offices so that members understand discipline and protocol over and above constitutional expectations placed on them.


“This process is needed. Orientation at all political levels is necessary for people to appreciate the existence of structures and this will remove not only unnecessary contradictions but will create a conducive environment,” said Shamu.


He said wayward attitudes had caused problems as officials resorted to unscrupulous acts to cover up their corruption.


“Corrupt officials ha-ve tried to usurp the restructuring process in order to appoint their henchmen to ensure their re-election,” said Shamu.


To fight corruption, Shamu said it was now necessary for public officials to declare their assets to avoid a situation where leaders take advantage of their offices to amass wealth overnight.

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