Corruption is hurting Africa, says Mugabe
17 March 2014, 09:36
Cape Town – Corruption is "hurting Africa", Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly said, as he vowed a crackdown against graft activities in his country, warning that those implicated would be imprisoned.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mugabe made these remarks at a luncheon hosted by security services chiefs and the Public Service Commission to celebrate his 90th birthday.
"Corruption, corruption, corruption! It is hurting us, it is hurting Africa," the report quoted Mugabe as saying.
Mugabe's warning comes following media reports of alleged corruption involving senior officials across a number of state-run bodies including the government pensions' authority, power utilities and the national airline, Air Zimbabwe.
Mugabe also revealed that a Cabinet minister and a member of parliament demanded a combined $120 000 to assist a prospective foreign investor.
Zimbabwe's economy continues to dwindle with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa recently revealing that the country's reserves would only be enough to buy 1 400 tons of maize.