HARARE, April 9– The National Assembly has welcomed the action taken by the government so far in dealing with corruption scandals which rocked Zimbabwe since the beginning of the year.

There have been revelations of scandals involving state-owned enterprises whose heads were earning astronomical salaries while, in most cases, the businesses they headed were struggling.

Some of the highest paid chief executives included former Premier Services Medical Aid Society CEO Cuthbert Dube who was earning more than 500,000 US dollars monthly.

Other highly paid CEOs included Net One’s Reward Kangai who took home 43,693 wUSD a month while ousted Zimbabwe Broadvasting Corporation (ZBC) boss Happison Muchechetere was earning 37,050 USD per month while workers at the corporation had to endure more than six months without pay.

The government last month capped salaries and perks for parastatal and local authoritiy bosses to 6,000 USD monthly. The decision will see 1,168,950 USD being saved monthly.

Bikita West Member of the National Assembly Dr Munyaradzi Kereke said although the government’s efforts were commendable there was need to mete out stiffer penalties against culprits fingered in corrupt activities.

“We wanted to commend the speedy action which Government took to regularize the parastatal heads’ salaries but we feel more action still needs to be done to recover what is due to the public as was siphoned through disproportionate salaries,” he said.

Dr Kereke was debating a motion calling for the immediate appointment of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and establishment of an Ad hoc Parliamentary Committee to investigate cases of corruption in public entities.

In order to further curb corruption in public entities, the government is in the process of crafting a comprehensive salary structure for civil servants through the Cabinet Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals development.