by Kalabash Reporter
A Harare vendor, Grievance Sipikita Tuesday held a one man demonstration at the Africa Unity Square and wrote a scathing letter urging President Robert Mugabe to take a firmer stance against rampant corruption perpetrated by his Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials, among other influential figures in the country.
In the strongly worded letter, Mr Sipikita pours out his heart without restraint to the country’s first citizen.
“I write this letter to you Mr President to express my democratic rights as enshrined in the constitution…which you signed into effect (sic) to air my displeasure and my disgust over certain issues that you as the head of state have failed to deal with leaving Zimbabweans questioning your capability to take the nation forward”, wrote Sipikita.
“I am not fighting you, but a system in which you operate, a system that has left 90% of country’s population unemployed, half of the population scavenging abroad and a country without a national currency, 37 years after independence.
“Mr President, corruption is now normal in this country, even your RBZ Governor would agree with me that it is now a cancer which needs a strong leader to weed out, corruption is rampant in parastatals and government ministers office….Corruption is the cancerous disease sir that led to the closure of ZISCO Steel, Kamativ Tin mine and led to the suffering of Willovale Motor industry, GMB and the closure of diamond mining firms, which in turn exacerbated the current cash crisis”, says Sipikita in his hard hitting letter.
“Instead of taking a hard stance on perpetrators of corruption, you publicly defend them. With all due respect Mr President, this is a complete disregard of the rule of law. In addition sir, those implicated in corrupt activities are walking free and those with the constitutional authority to investigate corrupt officials are threatened and perceived to be enemies of the state, most of the vibrant companies that were regarded as the backbone of Zimbabwe were destroyed because of pillage, nepotism and corruption under your nose ”, he continues.
He also urged the President, to curb what he called excessive expenditure by downsizing his cabinet and cutting on foreign trips, arguing that their appointment is based on “patronage, cronyism and nepotism” rather than merit.
“Mr President, we have 31 Ministers and their deputies, 31 Permanent secretaries and 10 Provincial Ministers. How much are they consuming sir? Your government is consuming without producing….it does not need a rocket scientist to tell you that you appointed thugs and looters to run the affairs of Zimbabwe”, he continues.
“Zimbabweans are increasingly exasperated by your passivity in dealing with this repugnant act of treachery by your subordinates. You can ignore it at your own peril”, he concludes in his letter.