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HARARE, Feb 13 — There is no discord within the Zimbabwe government on dealing with corruption in the country, particularly in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which the media has exposed in recent weeks, says Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnagagwa.

Addressing the National Assembly here Wednesday, Mnagagwa said the government was agreed on its condemnation of corruption. “We are in total agreement that corruption must be dealt with. Everyone agrees that corruption must not be allowed in this country,” he told members of Parliament.

Cases of rampant corruption and excessive salaries for top officials in government-owned companies have been exposed in the past few weeks, riling the public, which had borne the brunt of their poor performance.

Focus has turned to the action that the government will take against those exposed with recent statements attributed to Vice-President Joice Mujuru in which she is alleged to have attacked the media for exposing corruption and complicating matters for the government. Mujuru is alleged to have blamed the reports on forces bent on destroying the ruling Zanu PF party.

Mnagangwa called for patience as the government was following procedure in dealing with the issue. “You just do not deal with corruption cases in a haphazard way but those who have been exposed will be dealt with,” he said when responding to a question from Kuwadzana Member of Parliament Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa, who is leader of Government business in Parliament, said Mujuru had already explained that the statements attributed to her were incorrect.

Ministers have cited poor performance by government-linked companies as a major obstacle in improving performance of the economy. The companies — among them Air Zimbabwe — have continued to drain the government’s financial resources as they have survived on bailouts for over a decade.

Source: NEW ZIANA

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