HARARE – The Daily News of yesterday revealed that Zanu PF seems to be developing cold feet on threats made in April that the police would be brought in to investigate Eunice Sandi-Moyo and Sarah Mahoka in the event that they do not make good on their alleged acts of omission or commission.
Sandi-Moyo, the former Zanu PF women’s league deputy secretary, and Mahoka, the league’s treasurer, resigned in a huff from the powerful organ in April. Before their resignation, there had been demonstrations calling for their respective heads for undermining the authority of First Lady Grace Mugabe, and for extorting money sourced in the name of the first lady, which they converted to personal use, it was alleged.
After creating so much hype, it would appear that no criminal charges would be preferred against the two.
Two pertinent issues arise!
First, despite Zanu PF’s mantra about its zero-tolerance to corruption, the party does not seem to follow through its rhetoric with concrete action. As a result, corruption has been allowed to grow into a devastating cancer devouring the country’s social fabric and making Zimbabwe a toxic destination for investors.
Secondly, Zanu PF has plumped to its lowest depths by abusing “political banter” to punish its internal and external elements, and getting away with murder.
Nearly all the leading opposition figures have been accused of attempting to topple the party’s leader from power using unconstitutional means, among them Joshua Nkomo, Ndabaningi Sithole and Morgan Tsvangirai, only for the trumped up charges to crumble like a deck of cards after causing so much emotional pain to the individuals concerned, their families and supporters.
The whole justice delivery system ends up wasting taxpayers’ money by investing time and resources in pursuing what would turn out to be “political banter”.
Several Zanu PF officials have also suffered the traumatic experience of being accused of serious crimes that are never taken up. In 2014, former vice president Joice Mujuru was accused of criminally abusing her office.
Despite Zanu PF’s insistence that Mujuru was not off the hook yet, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the police would unearth something that would stick on her.
During a BBC interview with Steven Sackur in May 2015, former information minister, Jonathan Moyo, was to reveal that the allegations made against Mujuru were all part of political banter.
Another of Mujuru’s perceived allies, Nicholas Goche, was at the time accused of hatching a plot in the sugar-growing town of Chiredzi to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.
Goche, reports said, had volunteered to find a sniper who would shoot dead the president, an odious crime which attracts the death penalty if one is convicted of it, unless the person is a woman because the death penalty in the country only applies to men.
Zanu PF must appreciate that charity begins at home. In other words, how the party conducts its internal affairs also reflects how it runs national affairs, regional and international affairs.
This kind of politics we are seeing in Zanu PF in the wake of the infighting over Mugabe’s succession should not have a place in a decent society such as ours where good must prevail over evil.