Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
THE Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Obedingwa Mguni said his Ministry will soon put in place measures to deal effectively with corruption which he said is rampant in most government departments.
Speaking during a ceremony to celebrate his recent appointment as Deputy Minister and Matabeleland South Provincial War Veterans’ Association chairman, Mguni said corruption was adversely affecting development.
He said his ministry was working on creating an effective anti-corruption team whose mandate will be to fight corruption.
“The country is operating with a toothless anti corruption team.
“This is because corrupt individuals are meddling with its operations. We will sharpen it by introducing skilled investigators whose conduct is beyond reproach,” said Deputy Minister Mguni.
He said his Ministry would also lobby for deterrent sentences for those convicted of corruption.
Deputy Minister Mguni said there was a need to fight corruption in all government departments including the judiciary.
“It’s sad to note that a number of crime syndicates involve members of the judiciary which makes it difficult to fight crime,’’ he said.
The Deputy Minister said senior government officials that included heads of departments were diverting resources meant for national projects to their own use.
He said the consequence of their behaviour was usually poor service delivery.
Deputy Minister Mguni said the country was losing gold worth millions of dollars as a result of syndicates that were smuggling it outside the country.
He said there was urgent need to come up with incentives for whistle blowers as part of measures to fight crime.
Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio Economic Ventures in the President’s Office, Simon Khaya Moyo, who was also the guest of honour emphasised the need for government leaders to render effective services to the public.
“This position which Mguni now holds and various other positions held by government officials don’t belong to the holder but to the people. Therefore priority has to be directed towards serving people and not pursuing personal gains at the expense of development,’’ he said.
Mguni, who is also the National House of Assembly Member for Mangwe constituency, later donated $20,000 towards the repair of buildings at Valukhalo Secondary School in Mangwe District whose roofs were recently blown off by wind.