HARARE, Feb 15– Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday denounced corruption and said those found guilty should be prosecuted.

He said this in the Zanu PF politburo extraordinary session which he called to discuss corruption and other issues denting the image of the party.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo told the media after the meeting that President Mugabe spoke angrily against corruption and called for ways to prevent it from happening.

“On the issue of corruption and salarygate, the President was very very strong on that one. He indicated that the problem has been identified.

“He also said decisive action should be obviously taken on those people who are found guilty of corruption,” he said.

Gumbo said President Mugabe had also said there was need to nip corruption in the bud.

“He said we do have corruption in the country and we have to do something about it especially to prevent further corrupt activities to establish facts about corruption, not just make wild statements.

“And that also corruption quite wise is not only in the public sector, parastatals but also quite rampant in the private sector,” he added.

There have been widespread reports in the media of alleged corruption in state linked companies such as Air Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Zimbabwe National Road Authority to mention but a few.

That has resulted in the dissolution of many parastatal boards while two former bosses of national airline Air Zimbabwe Peter Chikumba and Innocent Mavhunga were arrested on Thursday on fraud allegations.

Several bosses from parastatals have also been reported in the media for awarding themselves obscene salaries at the expense of service delivery.

The politburo also discussed problems regarding the outcome of provincial executive elections in Midlands province.

“On the Midlands we have agreed that the people who were voted during the provincial elections are the ones that constitute the leadership of the Midlands executive,” said Gumbo.

The Zanu PF leadership also heard a report on ongoing floods in Masvingo’s Tokwe Mukosi area as well as Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s China trip to mobilise funding for the national budget.

“It was reported on enormous positive response Chinamasa got in China and that Chinese people are working on modalities of funding,” he said.

The politburo was told that the situation of flooding around the Tokwe- Mukorsi dam area was almost under control after various international agencies chipped in to assist affected families.

The government of Namibia has donated two helicopters for airlifting marooned flood victims.

Source: New Ziana