Will the 2018 Presidential Election turn on the issue of Corruption- Anti-Corruption Agenda- A key determinant to Zimbabwe’s future
Elections in all political spaces globally give an opportunity for voters to assess the extent to which their respective political candidates and parties show commitment in responding and proposing policy actions to resolve challenges they encounter. In the US, France and Britain, outcomes of elections have in a way confirmed public choices on key policy issues such as Health Care in the case of USA, Brexit in the case of the United Kingdom and its determination of its role in and for France the issue of national security.
In Zimbabwe corruption is topical as a socio- economic policy issue. It has also distorted the political – economy of the country. Should not demonstrating how to resolve crippling corruption be the hottest campaigning ticket in town for candidates and political parties? Corruption remains a topical policy issue among a list of many others. Political parties and players should be nominated by demonstrating commitment to fight corruption. Zimbabweans should worry about politicians who do not. Recovery of the economy may be possible even without fighting corruption but faced with the now fully evolved culture of kleptocracy, embezzlement, abuse of office, bribery and fraud, means that the gains of a recovered economy will be enjoyed by only a few. Voting for politicians who view corruption as an enabler for power and wealth and not a vice perpetuates the problem. It also means that institutions will continue to be captured, inept and ineffective when it comes to addressing corruption.
Historically Zimbabweans have ample evidence of bourgeoning corruption especially propelled by corrupt leadership and weak law enforcement and accountability institutions. For many years citizens have lamented the lack of political will. Zimbabweans owe it to future generations to nominate and elect politicians who will pay more than lip service to corruption and provide a blueprint for a national anti-corruption strategy or policy that concretely maps out the role of each sector to confront, condemn, prevent and punish corruption so that it does not overwhelm the developmental ambitions of the nation. Politicians pay lip service to the fight against corruption because they are beneficiaries of it. Corruption is intrinsic to the sustainability of their political reach, base and survival. This makes their response to corruption paradoxical, opportunistic and often schizophrenic.
TI Z calls on aspiring political candidates to stand for a more effective and pragmatic fight against corruption. TI Z also calls on fellow citizens to be responsible followers by electing candidates with demonstrated political will to eradicate corruption and usher a new culture of transparency, accountability and integrity. The link between corruption and key economic outcomes such as unemployment, poverty and service delivery in Zimbabwe is an undeniable and verifiable fact. That relationship makes it even more important for political parties to show how theypropose to resolve the multifaceted crises created by the vice. Our future hinges on upholding and honoring our constitutional values which all embrace principles of Transparency, Accountability and Integrity. Let’s make #AntiCorruptionAgenda a determining and defining element of the 2018 Election- PasiNehuori