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solution to corruption
December 19, 2012
of Finance, Tendai Biti, appears to believe that moving procurement
from Local Authorities to the State Procurement Board will end corruption
and reduce inefficiency. I somehow doubt it and the Minister himself
has little faith in the SPB (see Biti
slams Tender Board" Newsday, 22 Feb 2012). The eighty-nine
local authorities in the country will now be sending their tender
documents to a centralised body for approval: it is unlikely that
this small and opaque body will be able to handle the volume of
work suddenly dumped upon it, even if the SPB is itself can avoid
to corruption and inefficiency is institutionalised accountability
and transparency, not dictatorial centralisation. Make the councils
publish every last detail of all municipal transactions online so
we, the ordinary citizens, can carry out our own audits, using the
power of crowd-sourcing to expose corruption. Backed by an independent
media, we have the capacity to examine council business and expose
questionable activities. For example, let us have the full details
of what the City of Harare has spent on water chemicals, who they
have purchased these from, and who are the directors and owners
of the companies who supplied the chemicals. Harare is our city,
these are our elected officials and our employees so why should
we not be fully informed? Any bureaucrat or politician opposing
such a suggestion obviously has something to hide or seeks to perpetuate
the system of opacity and corruption.
is a bigger question that the Minister-s dictate raises -
has he forgotten which party he belongs to when he acts this way?
Does he remember the meanings of "movement" or "democratic"
or "change"? "Movement" in its political
sense implies a gathering of many people of differing opinions for
the purpose of achieving specific goals, "Democratic"
means a process of involvement of many people in political decision
making - the exact opposite of autocratic. And, of course,
"Change" means doing things differently from the past.
we have seen in the past 3 or 4 years leads one to believe that
any of these qualities are being upheld by the MDC-T. From the imposition
of an unelected Mayor in Harare (and one who by his own admission
was only approached by the party on the morning of his swearing-in
and who belongs to no political party) thereby over-ruling the democratic
process, to the arrogance of some councillors who, having being
elected, now think they are beyond accountability, one may be forgiven
for assuming that we were conned by those in democratic sheep's
clothing who were actually wolves wanting their piece of the pie.
The ordinary members of the MDC-T should be on their guard against
the influence of our insidious political culture on their party:
patronage, patriarchy, personality cultism, violence and intolerance
should be opposed if they wish to avoid ending up becoming ZANU-Lite.
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